Explanations of major transitions in human history, from the evolution of our genus to the origins of agriculture, depend on quantitative estimates of the costs and benefits associated with various foraging activities. However, there is no standard database of existing data that can be used to systematically evaluate competing hypotheses. This project would begin to remedy these problems by combing the literature and extracting quantitative data on hunter-gatherer economics which will be added to a global database.
Social & Behavioral Science
Volunteer; Prepare a UROP proposal; Write an Honors Thesis; Earn independent study credit
Students will comb the ethnographic literature, extract quantitative information and enter it into the database. Students will also be invited to participate in lab meetings.
Students will contribute to a larger global project and will be invited to use the database for their own research projects (Honors Thesis, UROP, term papers, etc.).
Project will continue until completed. Hours per week negotiable.
Background in Anthropology required, preferably with coursework in Behavioral Ecology.