Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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1. an exogamous, unilineal descent group, usually a matriline; clan members consist of remembered lineages that trace descent from a hypothetical common ancestor.

Cf. gens.

2. term used for bachelor herds among hamadryas baboons (Papio hamadryas); it is felt that these clans may consist of related individuals.

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