Is human culture cumulative?

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It has been claimed that a unique feature of human culture is that it accumulates beneficial modifications over time. On the basis of a couple of methodological considerations, we here argue that, perhaps surprisingly, there is insufficient evidence for a proper test of this claim. And we indicate what further research would be needed to firmly establish the cumulativeness of human culture.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)218-238
Number of pages21
JournalCurrent Anthropology
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 6 Apr 2021


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