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Quantitative analysis of macroevolutionary patterning in technological evolution: Bicycle design from 1800 to 2000

Lake, MW; Venti, J; (2009) Quantitative analysis of macroevolutionary patterning in technological evolution: Bicycle design from 1800 to 2000. In: Shennan, SJ, (ed.) Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution. (pp. 147-174). University of California Press: Berkeley, US. Green open access

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Book description: This volume offers an integrative approach to the application of evolutionary theory in studies of cultural transmission and social evolution and reveals the enormous range of ways in which Darwinian ideas can lead to productive empirical research, the touchstone of any worthwhile theoretical perspective. While many recent works on cultural evolution adopt a specific theoretical framework, such as dual inheritance theory or human behavioral ecology, Pattern and Process in Cultural Evolution emphasizes empirical analysis and includes authors who employ a range of backgrounds and methods to address aspects of culture from an evolutionary perspective. Editor Stephen Shennan has assembled archaeologists, evolutionary theorists, and ethnographers, whose essays cover a broad range of time periods, localities, cultural groups, and artifacts.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Quantitative analysis of macroevolutionary patterning in technological evolution: Bicycle design from 1800 to 2000
ISBN-13: 9780520255999
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: http://www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520255999
Language: English
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of SandHS > Institute of Archaeology > Institute of Archaeology Gordon Square
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/2404
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