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Latest publications

Olivier Morin
The disunity of cultural group selection
Olivier Mascaro, Olivier Morin, and Dan Sperber
Optimistic expectations about communication explain children's difficulties in hiding, lying, and mistrusting liars
Skoglund, P.; Posth, C.; Sirak, K.; Spriggs, M.; Valentin, F.; Bedford, S.; Clark, G. A.; Reepmeyer, C.; Petchey, F.; Fernandes, D. et al.; Fu, Q.; Harney, E.; Lipson, M.; Mallick, S.; Novak, M.; Rohland, N.; Stewardson, K.; Abdullah, S.; Cox, M. P.; Friedlaender, F. R.; Friedlaender, J. S.; Kivisild, T.; Koki, G.; Kusuma, P.; Merriwether, D. A.; Ricaut, F.-X.; Wee, J. T. S.; Patterson, N.; Krause, J.; Pinhasi, R.; Reich, D.:
Ancient genomics and the peopling of the Southwest Pacific.
Blasi, D. E.; Wichmann, S.; Hammarström, H.; Stadler, P. F.; Christiansen, M. H.:
Sound–meaning association biases evidenced across thousands of languages.

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

The Genealogy of a Gene: Patents, HIV/AIDS, and Race

Guest lecture by Myles Jackson on the topic of "The Genealogy of a Gene: Patents, HIV/AIDS, and Race" at the Max Planck Institut for the Science of Human History [more]

Heirloom Microbes Project wins Annual Donation Award

With their research project “Heirloom Microbes: The History and Legacy of Ancient Dairying Bacteria”, Dr. Jessica Hendy and Prof. Christina Warinner have won the Max Planck Society’s Annual Donation Award 2017. [more]

Human Dispersal
in the late Pleistocene

Conference Nov. 8-10, 2016 at MPI for the Science of Human History [more]

"The intelligent dog" - Participants wanted

The history of humans and the domestication of dogs is intimately linked. We are investigating the evolution of cognitive abilities of dogs, and we are looking for participants. All studies are strictly observational and done in playful way:

PANTROPICA workshop in Science

'Green hell' has long been home for humans. Andrew Curry reports in Science about the PANTROPICA workshop at MPI for the Science of Human History.

Institute Profile

The overarching goal of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is to explore the human past over the long term using state-of-the-art analytical, genetic, archaeological and computational methods. Scientists from a broad range of diverse disciplines, including genetics, linguistics, archeology, anthropology and history, work together at the institute to answer fundamental questions about human biological and cultural evolution from the Palaeolithic until today. They also jointly develop innovative methods, in particular in the areas of genome and proteome sequencing, archaeological science, language documentation, bioinformatics and phylogeography.


The institute was founded in March 2014. The founding directors are Johannes Krause, who leads the Department of Archaeogenetics, and and Russell Gray, who directs the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution. A third Department, the Department of Archaeology, is directed by Nicole Boivin and began on August 1, 2016.


With the establishment of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena, historical and evolutionary research finds a home where a broad range of biological and cultural questions about human history and development can be addressed using innovative methods, while Jena re-emerges as a global centre for phylogenetic and evolutionary studies [PDF].

Predecessor Institute

Before the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History was established the Max Planck Institute of Economics was located in Jena from 1993 until 2014.
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