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Latest publications

Kirby, K. R.; Gray, R. D.; Greenhill, S. J.; Jordan, F.; Gomes-Ng, S.; Bibiko, H.-J.; Blasi, D. E.; Botero, C. A.; Bowern, C.; Ember, C. R. et al.; Leehr, D.; Low, B. S.; McCarter, J.; Divale, W.; Gavin, M. C.:
D-PLACE: A global database of cultural, linguistic and environmental diversity.
Rougier, H.; Crevecoeur, I.; Beauval, C.; Posth, C.; Flas, D.; Wissing, C.; Furtwängler, A.; Germonpré, M.; Gómez-Olivencia, A.; Semal, P. et al.; van der Plicht, J.; Bocherens, H.; Krause, J.:
Neandertal cannibalism and Neandertal bones used as tools in Northern Europe.

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

News from the institute

Genome of 6,000-year-old barley sequenced

An international team had for the first time sequenced the genome of Chalcolithic barley grains - the oldest plant genome to be reconstructed to date. [more]

D-PLACE Database

An international team has developed a massive database to answer long-standing questions about the forces that shaped cultural diversity. [more]

European Black Death as source of modern plague

New study in Cell Host & Microbe: A single strain of plague bacteria sparked multiple historical and modern pandemics. [more]

Institute Profile

The overarching goal of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is to explore the history of humans using state-of-the-art analytical and genetic methods. Scientists from different disciplines, such as genetics, linguistics, archeology, anthropology and history are working together  to answer fundamental questions about the biological and cultural evolution of man from the paleolithic until today, and they jointly develop innovative methods, in particular in the areas of genome sequencing, language documentation, bioinformatics and phylogeography.

The institute was founded in March 2014. Founding directors are Johannes Krause (Department of Archaeogenetics) and Russell Gray (Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution). A third Department of Archaeology (Director Nicole Boivin) started on December 1st.


By founding and establishing the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena the evolutionary research gets a place where a broad range of biological and cultural questions about human history and development will be answered by innovative methods; and at the same time evolutionary research returns to its origins in Germany.


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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