Re: When did "the family" begin?

Mary Beth Williams (
4 Jul 1995 22:31:48 GMT

In <> writes:
>Perhaps this is a naive question, but has anybody "dated" the
invention of the
>family as a social insitution? I am wondering whether there was, for
mankind, a
>pre-family era? Any leads would be appreciated.--

Do you mean *nuclear* or kinship-based extended families? Very
important distinction here...

MB Williams