Our Cavemen Ancestors Probably Practiced Gender Equality

A new paper out in Science suggests that despite widespread claims to the contrary, early hunter-gatherer societies likely practiced equality between the sexes. “The scientists collected genealogical data from two hunter-gatherer populations, one in the Congo and one in the Philippines,” the Guardian reports, “including kinship relations, movement between camps and residence patterns, through hundreds of interviews.” In more sexist societies, “tight hubs of related individuals emerged” as men try to amass as much power and influence as possible through their own families.

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