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Life with the artificial Anasazi

How can the complex dynamics of human societies — such as population rise and fall, and movement — be explained? Combining masses of data with computer modelling is a fresh way forward.

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Figure 1: Home for the Kayenta Anasazi.

JEFFREY S. DEAN

Figure 2: Ups and downs of the Anasazi in Long House Valley.

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Diamond, J. Life with the artificial Anasazi. Nature 419, 567–568 (2002). https://doi.org/10.1038/419567a

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