- Apr 2010
- T'Republic of Yorkshire
That's true, but a non dominant male leaving the group exposes himself to the risk of predators. He can join another group but he would still be the non dominant male there. He could try and establish his own group.But the non-dominant male can always leave the group. Non-dominant males who do not leave the group have accepted the tyranny of the alpha, but it's still a group based on voluntary free association.
By the Neo-Lithic I'm pretty sure we had developed a capacity for reason beyond that of primates. The power of speech gave man a far greater capacity to negotiate his place in society than primates ever had.
Ultimately, that's because primates have evolved to seek safety in numbers, like many animals.
I'm not saying humans are exact parallels of lesser primate species, but it's a model that I believe would hold true amongst early human societies.
We could probably examine how primitive tribes in the Amazon are structured as a guide.