War arose recently, anthropologists contend

Study of hunter-gatherers finds few lethal raids on opposing groups

By Bruce Bower, 14:58 PM July 30, 2013

A battle has broken out among scientists trying to untangle the origins of war.

The fighting is over whether hunter-gatherer communities in recent centuries have tended more toward war — defined as banding together in groups to kill people in other populations — than toward one-on-one attacks within their own communities. A second front has broken out over how to extrapolate from modern behavior to the Stone Age. Some  anthropologists regard  the nomadic groups as helpful if imperfect models o...

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