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Cannibalistic Behavior: A Qualitative Study

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The question being addressed is what conditions with the cannibalism trait is positively selected and what happens when another, a second non-cannibalistic group is added or included in the system. Cannibalism is the main focus since this is the trait that characterizes majority of Neanderthal populations. In particular, biological cannibalism was explored instead of cultural cannibalism because of the responses that would be seen with environmental changes of this group of people. The hypothesis targeted on the relationship between resource distribution and and cannibalistic behavior. To test the hypothesis and continue with the experiment, a computer simulation was used which allowed the creation of situations where environmental and behavioral aspects could be tested with an evolutionary ideal. The data presented was the methods that were proposed and approached. The model was very basic so that the traits, behaviors, and landscape that were being focused on can be specifically observed by presenting or showing only them. Simple and general environments were created so there can be situations where the resources are very limited and bundled up making it…show more content…
2). Each group, population has their own value for cannibalism and the “chance” depends on that value of the group’s. Food is gathered from cannibalism and the population is adjusted when the group uses cannibalistic behavior to attack each group in its home range and eat most of the people of the normal distribution. The next part was finding where cannibalism might be a positively selected trait which was proved “Cannibalism improves survival options because the probability of preying on other agents is higher than in other types of environments” (Jordi; Xavier 2017 p. 4). Thus, the significance was seen through the key findings which were the results. Cannibalism allows a group to maintain its resources and keep the zone safe from other outside
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