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The cultural wealth of nations

Why, when the human race shows comparatively little genetic variation, are cultural differences so widespread and enduring? Thinking about cultures in terms of biological species provides some provocative answers.

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Figure 1: Language, mammals and Rapaport's rule.
Figure 2: Genes and language in Europe.


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