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Cohabitation effect on the slowdown of the Neolithic expansion

We introduce the effect of cohabitation between generations to a previous model on the slowdown of the Neolithic transition in Europe. This effect consists on the fact that human beings do not leave their children alone when they migrate, but on the contrary they cohabit until their children reach adulthood. We also use archaeological data to estimate the variation of the Mesolithic population density with distance, and use this information to predict the slowdown of the Neolithic front speed. The new equation leads to a substantial correction, up to 37%, relative to previous results. The new model is able to provide a satisfactory explanation not only to the relative speed but also to the absolute speed of the Neolithic front obtained from archaeological data

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Author: Isern Sardó, Neus
Fort, Joaquim
Date: 2011
Abstract: We introduce the effect of cohabitation between generations to a previous model on the slowdown of the Neolithic transition in Europe. This effect consists on the fact that human beings do not leave their children alone when they migrate, but on the contrary they cohabit until their children reach adulthood. We also use archaeological data to estimate the variation of the Mesolithic population density with distance, and use this information to predict the slowdown of the Neolithic front speed. The new equation leads to a substantial correction, up to 37%, relative to previous results. The new model is able to provide a satisfactory explanation not only to the relative speed but also to the absolute speed of the Neolithic front obtained from archaeological data
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ISSN: 0295-5075 (versió paper)
1286-4854 (versió electrònica)
Document access: http://hdl.handle.net/10256/7690
Language: eng
Publisher: EDP Sciences
Collection: Reproducció digital del document publicat a: http://dx.doi.org/10.1209/0295-5075/96/58002
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Is part of: © EPL (Europhysics Letters), 2008, vol. 96, p. 58002
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Subject: Equacions de reacció-difusió
Reaction-diffusion equations
Neolític -- Models matemàtics
Neolithic period -- Mathematical models
Title: Cohabitation effect on the slowdown of the Neolithic expansion
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
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