The intelligent dog

We are investigating the cognitive abilities of dogs, and we are looking for participants. All studies are strictly observational and done in playful way.

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We are investigating the cognitive abilities of dogs, and we are looking for participants. All studies are strictly observational and done in playful way. [more]

Latest publications

Roberts, P.; Hunt, C.; Arroyo-Kalin, M.; Evans, D.; Boivin, N. L.: The deep human prehistory of global tropical forests and its relevance for modern conservation. Nature Plants (2017)
Lazaridis, I.; Mittnik, A.; Patterson, N.; Mallick, S.; Rohland, N.; Pfrengle, S.; Furtwängler, A.; Peltzer, A.; Posth, C.; Vasilakis, A. et al.; McGeorge, P. J. P.; Konsolaki-Yannopoulou, E.; Korres, G.; Martlew, H.; Michalodimitrakis, M.; Özsait, M.; Özsait, N.; Papathanasiou, A.; Richards, M.; Roodenberg, S. A.; Tzedakis, Y.; Arnott, R.; Fernandes, D. M.; Hughey, J. R.; Lotakis, D. M.; Navas, P. A.; Maniatis, Y.; Stamatoyannopoulos, J. A.; Stewardson, K.; Stockhammer, P. W.; Pinhasi, R.; Reich, D.; Krause, J.; Stamatoyannopoulos, G.: Genetic origins of the Minoans and Mycenaeans. Nature (2017)
Colonese, A. C.; Hendy, J.; Lucquin, A.; Speller, C. F.; Collins, M. J.; Carrer, F.; Gubler, R.; Kühn, M.; Fischer, R.; Craig, O. E.: New criteria for the molecular identification of cereal grains associated with archaeological artefacts. Scientific Reports (2017)
Gray, R. D.; Watts, J.: Cultural macroevolution matters. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2017)

A complete list of publications you can find here.


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Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Early Indian Ocean trade routes bring chicken, black rat to eastern Africa

New technologies provide evidence in the debate on when and how Asian fauna was introduced to Africa. [more]

DA Workshop: Green Arabia Drilling

Aug. 31 - Sep. 1
Interdisciplinary research on Quaternary climate and environmental changes and their effects on human dispersals based on sediment cores from the Jubbah palaeolake basin (Saudi Arabia). [more]

Why do human beings speak so many languages?

A new model exploring processes that shaped Australia's language diversity provides a template for investigators. [mehr]

Talk by Hideaki Kanzawa-Kiriyama

"Genomic insights into the relationship between ancient Japanese and modern East Eurasians"
Aug. 16, 14:00
Villa V03 [more]

Talk by Prof. Oliver Craig

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Series: Millet Agriculture, Material Culture and Organic Residue Analysis.
August 16, 15:00 [more]

Humans have been altering tropical forests for at least 45,000 years

Despite previous notions of tropical forests as “green deserts” not suitable for human habitation it is now clear that human occupation of these habitats occurred as far back as 45,000 years ago. [more]

Institute Profile

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) in Jena was founded in 2014 to target fundamental questions of human history and evolution since the Paleolithic. From the vantage point of three interdisciplinary research departments – the Department of Archaeogenetics (Director Johannes Krause), the Department of Archaeology (Director Nicole Boivin), and the Department of Cultural and Linguistic Evolution (Director Russell Gray) – the MPI-SHH pursues an integrative approach to the study of human history that bridges the traditional divide between the natural sciences and the humanities. By assembling experts from research areas as diverse as palaeogenetics, proteomics, bioinformatics, anthropology, archaeology, history, and quantitative linguistics, the MPI-SHH seeks to join and advance a broad range of methods, approaches, and datasets to explore big questions of the human past. Using state-of-the-art analytical techniques and technologies, the MPI-SHH tackles these and other topics:  

  • the settlement history of the world through past human migrations and genetic admixture events
  • the spread and diversification of human-associated microbes and infectious diseases
  • the impact of climatic and environmental change on human subsistence in different world regions
  • human modification of ecosystems
  • the rise of early forms of global trade systems
  • the spread and diversification of languages, cultures, and social practices
  • the co-evolution of genes and culture

With the establishment of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, a long tradition of phylogenetic and evolutionary research is revitalized in the city of Jena [learn more].

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