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Dr Mark Dyble

Dr Mark Dyble

Research Fellow, Jesus College

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Office Phone: 01223 (7)69277

Biography:

I am an evolutionary anthropologist interested in the evolution of human social systems and their relationship with reproduction, kinship, and cooperation. While my work before 2017 focused exclusively on humans, I am now expanding my research to consider mammalian societies more generally (and cooperatively breeding meerkats in particular).

I am currently a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge. I am also a member of the Large Animal Research Group in the Department of Zoology (led by Prof Tim Clutton-Brock) and do some biological anthropology teaching in the Department of Archaeology. 

​My most substantial project to date is the study of the social organisation of the Agta, hunter-gatherers from the northern Philippines which I conducted as part of the hunter-gatherer resilience team at UCL led by Dr Andrea Migliano. 

Key Publications

M. Dyble. The effect of dispersal on rates of cumulative cultural evolution. Biology Letters (14) 20180069

M. Dyble, J. Thompson, A. Page, D. Smith, N. Chaudhary, G. D. Salali, L. Vinicius, R. Mace, A. B. Migliano. (2016) Networks of food sharing reveal the functional significance of multilevel sociality in two hunter-gatherer groups. Current Biology 26 (15), 2017-2021. 

M. Dyble, G. D. Salali, N. Chaudhary, A. Page, D. Smith, J. Thompson, L. Vinicius, R. Mace, A. B. Migliano. (2015) Sex equality can explain the unique social structure of hunter-gatherer bands. Science 348.6236: 796-798.

Other Publications

Y. Diekmann, D. Smith, P. Gerbault, M. Dyble, A.E. Page, N. Chaudhary, A.B. Migliano, M.G. Thomas. (2017) Accurate age estimation in small-scale societies. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 114.31, 8205-8210

A Page, N. Chaudhary, S. Viguier; M. Dyble, J. Thompson, G.D. Salali, D. Smith, R. Mace, A.B. Migliano. (2017) Hunter Gatherer Social Networks and Reproductive Success. Scientific Reports (7) 1153

A.B. Migliano, A.E. Page, J. Gomez-Gardenes, S. Viguier, M. Dyble, J. Thompson, N. Chaudhary, G. D. Salali, D. Smith, J. Strods, V. Latora, R. Mace, L. Vinicius. (2017) High-resolution maps of hunter-gatherer social networks reveal human adaptation for cultural exchange. Nature Human Behaviour (1) 0043

G.D. Salali, N. Chaudhary, J. Thompson, O.M. Grace, X.M. van der Burgt, M. Dyble, A. Page, D. Smith, J. Lewis, R. Mace, L. Vinicius, A.B. Migliano. (2016) Knowledge-sharing networks in hunter-gatherers and the evolution of cumulative culture. Current Biology 26 (18), 2516–2521

N. Chaudhary, G. D. Salali, J. Thompson, A. Rey, P. Gerbault, E. Stevenson, M. Dyble, A Page, D. Smith, R. Mace, L. Vinicius, A. B. Migliano. (2016) Competition for Cooperation: variability, benefits and heritability of relational wealth in hunter-gatherers Scientific Reports 6:29120

A Page, S. Viguier, M. Dyble, D. Smith, N. Chaudhary, G. D. Salali, J. Thompson, L. Vinicius, R. Mace, A. B. Migliano. (2016) Reproductive trade-offs in extant hunter-gatherers suggest adaptive mechanism for the Neolithic expansion. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 113.17, 4694-4699.

M. Dyble, A. van Leeuwen. & R.I.M. Dunbar. (2015) Gender differences in Christmas gift-giving. Evolutionary Behavioral Sciences Vol 9(2), Apr 2015, 140-144.

N. Chaudhary; G.D. Salali; J. Thompson, M. Dyble, A. Page, D. Smith, R. Mace, A.B. Migliano. (2015) Polygyny without wealth: popularity in gift games predicts polygyny in BaYaka Pygmies. Royal Society Open Science 2: 150054.