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Precision chronology sheds new light on the origins of Mongolia’s nomadic horse culture

April 11, 2017
MPI research suggests that nomadic horse culture can trace its roots back more than 3000 years in the eastern Eurasian Steppes, in the territory of modern Mongolia. [more]
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Study of stable carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen isotopes of plants in Sri Lanka reveals complexity in interpreting primate stable isotope ecology

March 28, 2017
Stable isotopes are powerful tracers of diet and ecology, particularly for primates that are rare, hard to observe, or only represented by historical collections. However, despite early successes in the application of stable isotope analysis to primates, there is a growing awareness of isotopic complexity at the base of primate foodwebs. A new paper published in the American Journal of Primatology, co-authored by Patrick Roberts and Oshan Wedage of the Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, provides a comprehensive plant reference dataset for a forest habitat of three primate species in Sri Lanka. [more]
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MPI-SHH supports March For Science

March 27, 2017
The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena (Germany) is pleased to announce its role as an official partner with the March For Science. [more]
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Earliest evidence for human rainforest resource reliance – 36,000 years ago in Sri Lanka

March 22, 2017
Until recently, human use of tropical rainforests was considered to be limited to the Holocene (starting c. 10,000 years ago) and, prior to this, these environments were considered to be barriers to human occupation. However, a new paper published in the Journal of Human Evolution, co-authored by Patrick Roberts, Michael Petraglia, and Oshan Wedage of the Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, demonstrates human reliance on tropical rainforest resources in the Late Pleistocene, 36,000 years ago. [more]
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Aboriginal hair shows 50,000 years connection to country

March 08, 2017
DNA in hair samples collected from Aboriginal people across Australia in the early to mid-1900s has revealed that populations have been continuously present in the same regions for up to 50,000 years – soon after the peopling of Australia. [more]
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Persistent tropical foraging in the highlands of terminal Pleistocene/Holocene New Guinea

February 06, 2017
Foraging lifestyles persisted in New Guinean tropical forest environments even after the advent of farming 8,000 years ago [more]
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Computational methods applied to big datasets are compelling tools for historical linguistics

February 06, 2017
Latest study reveals 89% success-rate of computational detection of word relationships across language families [more]
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