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[NYTimes] Teeth of Human Ancestors Hold Clues to Their Family Life

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Researchers studying the diet of human ancestors who lived two million years ago in southern Africa have unexpectedly come across a crucial clue to their social structure. The males never strayed far from home, and the females dispersed after puberty to neighboring groups.
http://www.nytimes.com/2011/06/02/sc...ml?ref=science
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this goes contrary to what I'd have thought would work.

men are more often the lone hunter types and need few ties while women need their support network.

guess people might not have thought that way
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Very interesting. Learn something new every day.

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Makes sense to me. The modern world still has instances of selling your daughter in marriage to other tribes/families.
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Makes sense. Continued breeding in the same group of people wouldn't really sustain itself after a while.
    
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post #6 of 6
Women were property. Probably sold off for food/weapons.
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