The purpose of exchange helps shape the mode of exchange

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (4):564-565 (2004)
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In his state-of-the-art review, Gurven compares evolutionary theories of food transfers in ethnographic settings. Although this is useful, I suggest that one must first try to determine the utility of food transfers before making predictions about which parties ought to receive food. In addition, I argue that tests of kin selection theory present a special problem in food transfers.
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