OFT and EVO-DEVO: Antithetical or mutually beneficial?

Author(s): Mary Stiner; Steven Kuhn

Year: 2015


Short-term constraints that motivate people are an important part of the process social and economic change. Proximate decision (optimality or satisficing) models are particularly useful in archaeology because they play upon basic resource needs and costs in situations where behavior cannot be observed directly. These models are not enough, however, to account for the larger processes by which repeated interactions change the nature of the co-evolving species and the conditions of selection across generations. Thus at least two levels of mechanics and their respective temporal domains must be recognized in co-evolutionary studies such as in Niche Construction Theory (NCT). The fact that many of the empirical patterns that attract NCT thinkers come from research based on simpler models such as behavioral ecology testifies to the potentially complementary relations between these distinct levels of theory.

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OFT and EVO-DEVO: Antithetical or mutually beneficial?. Mary Stiner, Steven Kuhn. Presented at The 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Francisco, California. 2015 ( tDAR id: 394843)