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This collection features scholarly work by Luke Premo, assistant professor in the Department of Anthropology at Washington State University. Premo holds a PhD from the University of Arizona. He is an evolutionary anthropologist who studies Pliocene and Pleistocene hominin behavior and paleodemography, mainly through computer simulation and population genetics. His research interests include agent-based modeling, cultural evolution and diversity, cultural transmission, evolution of altruism, gene-culture coevolution, human evolution, life history, multilevel selection, paleodemography, social networks, and spatially explicit models.

Recent Submissions

  • Cultural transmission and diversity in time-averaged assemblages 

    Premo, Luke (Current Anthropology, 2014)
    Anthropologists have adopted methods from population genetics to study modes of cultural transmission in time-transgressive cultural data sets. However, it remains unclear to what extent methods originally developed to ...
  • What serves as evidence for the presence (or absence) of Pleistocene language? 

    Premo, Luke (Journal of Anthropological Sciences, 2013)
    Benítez-Burraco & Barceló-Coblijn present some good reasons for showing caution before interpreting evidence for the introgression of DNA from “archaic” human populations, such as Neandertals and Denisovans, into anatomically ...
  • Hitchhiker's guide to genetic diversity in socially structured populations 

    Premo, Luke (Current Zoology, 2012)
    When selection increases the frequency of a beneficial gene substitution it can also increase the frequencies of linked neutral alleles through a process called genetic hitchhiking. A model built to investigate reduced ...
  • The spatial scale of social learning affects cultural diversity 

    Premo, Luke (American Antiquity, 2011)
    Sewall Wright’s (1943) concept of isolation by distance is as germane to cultural transmission as genetic transmission. Yet there has been little research on how the spatial scale of social learning— the geographic extent ...
  • Modeling Effects of Local Extinctions on Culture Change and Diversity in the Paleolithic 

    Premo, Luke; Kuhn, Steven L. (Public Library of Science, 2010)
    The persistence of early stone tool technologies has puzzled archaeologists for decades. Cognitively based explanations, which presume either lack of ability to innovate or extreme conformism, do not account for the totality ...
  • Agent-based models as behavioral laboratories for evolutionary anthropological research 

    Premo, Luke (Arizona Anthropologist, 2006)
    Agent-based models can provide paleoanthropologists with a view of behavioral dynamics and site formation processes as they unfold in digital caricatures of past societies and paleoenvironments. This paper argues that the ...
  • Making a Case for Agent-Based Modeling 

    Premo, Luke; Murphy, John T.; Scholnick, Jonathan B.; Gabler, Brandon M.; Beaver, Joseph E. (Society for Archaeological Sciences, 2005)
    Archaeologists’ knowledge of the past must rely on inference, often from scant material remains. Those of us who are not ethnoarchaeologists are denied the opportunity to directly observe our subjects: we can never watch ...