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Storytelling and story testing in domestication

Gerbault, P and Allaby, RG and Boivin, N and Rudzinski, A and Grimaldi, IM and Pires, JC and Climer Vigueira, C and Dobney, K and Gremillion, KJ and Barton, L and Arroyo-Kalin, M and Purugganan, MD and De Casas, RR and Bollongino, R and Burger, J and Fuller, DQ and Bradley, DG and Balding, DJ and Richerson, PJ and Gilbert, MTP and Larson, G and Thomas, MG (2014) Storytelling and story testing in domestication. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111 (17). 6159 - 6164. ISSN 0027-8424

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The domestication of plants and animals marks one of the most significant transitions in human, and indeed global, history. Traditionally, study of the domestication process was the exclusive domain of archaeologists and agricultural scientists; today it is an increasingly multidisciplinary enterprise that has come to involve the skills of evolutionary biologists and geneticists. Although the application of new information sources and methodologies has dramatically transformed our ability to study and understand domestication, it has also generated increasingly large and complex datasets, the interpretation of which is not straightforward. In particular, challenges of equifinality, evolutionary variance, and emergence of unexpected or counter-intuitive patterns all face researchers attempting to infer past processes directly from patterns in data. We argue that explicit modeling approaches, drawing upon emerging methodologies in statistics and population genetics, provide a powerful means of addressing these limitations. Modeling also offers an approach to analyzing datasets that avoids conclusions steered by implicit biases, and makes possible the formal integration of different data types. Here we outline some of the modeling approaches most relevant to current problems in domestication research, and demonstrate the ways in which simulation modeling is beginning to reshape our understanding of the domestication process.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Gerbault, P
Allaby, RG
Boivin, N
Rudzinski, A
Grimaldi, IM
Pires, JC
Climer Vigueira, C
Dobney, K
Gremillion, KJ
Barton, Lloukas@pitt.eduLOUKAS0000-0003-1519-4226
Arroyo-Kalin, M
Purugganan, MD
De Casas, RR
Bollongino, R
Burger, J
Fuller, DQ
Bradley, DG
Balding, DJ
Richerson, PJ
Gilbert, MTP
Larson, G
Thomas, MG
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Center for Comparative Archaeology
Date: 29 April 2014
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Volume: 111
Number: 17
Page Range: 6159 - 6164
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1073/pnas.1400425111
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Anthropology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0027-8424
Date Deposited: 23 Oct 2014 18:26
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2019 15:56


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