Behavioral ecology and archaeology

Douglas W. Bird, James F. O'Connell

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Behavioral ecology is the study of adaptive behavior in relation to social and environmental circumstances. Analysts working from this perspective hold that the reproductive strategies and decision-making capacities of all living organisms - including humans - are shaped by natural selection. Archaeologists have been using this proposition in the study of past human behavior for more than 30 years. Significant insights on variation in prehistoric human subsistence, life history, social organization, and their respective fossil and archaeological consequences have been among the more important results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)143-188
Number of pages46
JournalJournal of Archaeological Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 2006

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology
  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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