Human Ecology

, Volume 40, Issue 5, pp 797–801 | Cite as

Perception, Interaction, and Extinction: A Reply to Premo

  • C. Michael BartonEmail author
  • Julien Riel-Salvatore

We respond here to L. Premo’s commentary on our recent paper in Human Ecology (Barton et al.2011; see also Barton and Riel-Salvatore 2012). His cavalier, one line dismissal of the archaeological evidence presented in the paper as “unconvincing” (Premo 2012, p. 647) indicates that he is unfamiliar with the many published supporting studies; we encourage him to give them a thorough read (e.g., Barton 1998; Clark 2008; Kuhn 2004; Meignen et al.2006; Riel-Salvatore 2007, 2010; Riel-Salvatore et al.2008; Riel-Salvatore and Barton 2004, 2007; Sandgathe 2006; Surovell 2009; Villaverde et al.1998). In the remainder of his commentary, he uses a model of forager interaction as a basis for critiquing the computational modeling in our paper, and we turn to that work here.

Premo creates a simple agent-based model to examine interrelationships between resource density, length of stay at residential camps, distance foraged, and the interaction rates between two forager bands. He reports that this...


Virtual World Interaction Rate Residential Move Base Camp Correlate Random Walk 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.Department of AnthropologyUniversity of Colorado DenverDenverUSA

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