The ‘Global Phylogeny’ and its Historical Legacy: A Critical Review of a Unified Theory of Human Biological and Linguistic Co-Evolution [Book Review]

Medicine Studies 4 (1):15-27 (2014)

In a critical review of late twentieth-century gene-culture co-evolutionary models labelled as ‘global phylogeny’, the authors present evidence for the long legacy of co-evolutionary theories in European-based thinking, highlighting that ideas of social and cultural evolution preceded the idea of biological evolution, linguistics played a dominant role in the formation of a unified theory of human co-evolution, and that co-evolutionary thinking was only possible due to perpetuated and renewed transdisciplinary reticulations between scholars of different disciplines—especially within the integrative framework of the ‘humanid’ and the ‘hominid’ branches of anthropology.
Keywords Global phylogeny  Gene-culture co-evolution  Linguistics  ‘Races’  Genetics  Biomapping  Physical anthropology  Cultural anthropology  Interdisciplinary networks  Bridging disciplines  History of the human sciences
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DOI 10.1007/s12376-013-0081-8
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