Dog studies

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

Participants wanted!

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

Latest publications

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Ventresca Miller, A. R.; Bragina, T. M.; Abil, Y. A.; Rulyova, M. M.; Makarewicz, C. A.: Pasture usage by ancient pastoralists in the northern Kazakh steppe informed by carbon and nitrogen isoscapes of contemporary floral biomes. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences (2018)
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Bhattacharya, T.; Retzlaff, N.; Blasi, D. E.; Croft, W.; Cysouw, M.; Hruschka, D.; Maddieson, I.; Müller, L.; Smith, E.; Stadler, P. F. et al.; Starostin, G.; Youn, H.: Studying language evolution in the age of big data. Journal of Language Evolution (2018)
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Morin, O.; Winters, J.; Müller, T. F.; Morisseau, T.; Etter, C.; Greenhill, S. J.: What smartphone apps may contribute to language evolution research. Journal of Language Evolution (2018)
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Grimaldi, I. M.; Muthukumaran, S.; Tozzi, G.; Nastasi, A.; Boivin, N.; Matthews, P. J.; van Andel, T.: Literary evidence for taro in the ancient Mediterranean: A chronology of names and uses in a multilingual world. PLoS One (2018)
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Izdebski, A.; Mordechai, L.; White, S.: The social burden of resilience: A historical perspective. Human Ecology: an interdisciplinary journal (2018)
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Colleran, H.; Snopkowski, K.: Variation in wealth and educational drivers of fertility decline across 45 countries. Population Ecology (2018)
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Spyrou, M. A.; Tukhbatova, R. I.; Wang, C.-C.; Andrades Valtueña, A.; Lankapalli, A. K.; Kondrashin, V. V.; Tsybin, V. A.; Khokhlov, A.; Kühnert, D.; Herbig, A. et al.; Bos, K. I.; Krause, J.: Analysis of 3800-year-old Yersinia pestis genomes suggests Bronze Age origin for bubonic plague. Nature Communications (2018)
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Kavanagh, P. H.; Vilela, B.; Haynie, H. J.; Tuff, T.; Lima-Ribeiro, M.; Gray, R. D.; Botero, C. A.; Gavin, M. C.: Hindcasting global population densities reveals forces enabling the origin of agriculture. Nature Human Behaviour (2018)
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Goude, G.; Salazar-García, D. C.; Power, R. C.; Terrom, J.; Rivollat, M.; Deguilloux, M.-F.; Pemonge, M.-H.; Le Bailly, M.; Andre, G.; Coutelas, A. et al.; Hauzeur, A.: A multidisciplinary approach to Neolithic life reconstruction. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2018)
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Slavinsky, V. S.; Rybin, E. P.; Khatsenovich, A. M.; Belousova, N. E.: Intentional fragmentation of blades in the initial upper Paleolithic industries of the Kara-Bom site (Altai, Russia). Archaeological Research in Asia 13 (2018)

A complete list of publications you can find here.

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

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 Linguistic and Cultural 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. [more]


News

Director Johannes Krause hosted a group of diplomats from Africa, who are participating in the 12th Executive Seminar by the German federal Foreign Office. The course is targeted towards young diplomats from sub-Saharan countries. It is designed to transcend political boundaries and strengthen their awareness of opportunities in a regional and multilateral context.

Visit of young African diplomats on June 21st

Director Johannes Krause hosted a group of diplomats from Africa, who are participating in the 12th Executive Seminar by the German federal Foreign Office. The course is targeted towards young diplomats from sub-Saharan countries. It is designed to transcend political boundaries and strengthen their awareness of opportunities in a regional and multilateral context. [more]
Researchers recovered three genomes of the bacterium Treponema pallidum from skeletal remains from colonial-era Mexico, and were able to distinguish the subspecies that causes syphilis from the subspecies that causes yaws.

First ancient syphilis genomes decoded

Researchers recovered three genomes of the bacterium Treponema pallidum from skeletal remains from colonial-era Mexico, and were able to distinguish the subspecies that causes syphilis from the subspecies that causes yaws. [more]
Joint Workshop Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution& Friedrich Schiller University JenaDate: July 13, 2018Room:  Villa V14Hosts:  Martine Robeets & Volker Gast

Historical and comparative linguistics in Jena

Joint Workshop Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution& Friedrich Schiller University Jena
Date: July 13, 2018
Room: Villa V14
Hosts: Martine Robeets & Volker Gast [more]
Heirloom Microbes Project WorkshopDate: June 17-20, 2018Room: Villa V03Host: Heirloom Microbes Project

Microbial Diversity of Traditional Dairy Ecologies

Heirloom Microbes Project Workshop
Date: June 17-20, 2018
Room: Villa V03
Host: Heirloom Microbes Project [more]
A group of pre-school children from the Dualingo Kindergarten visited the MPI for the Science of Human History at the beginning of June. Jana Zech and her colleagues have explained to the children how and what archaeologists research. Picture: skull models of various primitive human beings called Hominins.

Archaeology for Kindergarten kids

A group of pre-school children from the Dualingo Kindergarten visited the MPI for the Science of Human History at the beginning of June. Jana Zech and her colleagues have explained to the children how and what archaeologists research. Picture: skull models of various primitive human beings called Hominins.
A pair of 3,800-year-old skeletons buried together in Russia test positive for a strain of the plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis that is ancestral to the strain that caused the Black Death.

Oldest bubonic plague genome decoded

A pair of 3,800-year-old skeletons buried together in Russia test positive for a strain of the plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis that is ancestral to the strain that caused the Black Death. [more]
Date & Time: June 8, 2018, 15:30 Room: Villa V14 Host: Annemarie Verkerk, Equal Opportunities Officer

Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jadranka Gvozdanovic (Univ. Heidelberg) - “The impact of implicit bias for women in academia and what to do about it”

Date & Time: June 8, 2018, 15:30
Room: Villa V14
Host: Annemarie Verkerk, Equal Opportunities Officer
The Federal Foreign Office's Foreign Service Academy brings together young diplomats from around the world in its 9th International Diplomat Programme. The aim of this training initiative is to perceive foreign policy as an opportunity for cooperation and as a basis upon which to build the foundation for a working partnership on global matters. The programme offers a broad selection of seminars, informative visits and study tours, such as a visit at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.

Visit of young international diplomats on June 6th

The Federal Foreign Office's Foreign Service Academy brings together young diplomats from around the world in its 9th International Diplomat Programme. The aim of this training initiative is to perceive foreign policy as an opportunity for cooperation and as a basis upon which to build the foundation for a working partnership on global matters. The programme offers a broad selection of seminars, informative visits and study tours, such as a visit at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. [more]
Rats were carried on ships as humans settled the remote islands of the Pacific - analysis of the rats’ remains reveals changes humans made to the island ecosystems.

Pacific rats trace 2000 years of human impact on island ecosystems

Rats were carried on ships as humans settled the remote islands of the Pacific - analysis of the rats’ remains reveals changes humans made to the island ecosystems. [more]
The invention of agriculture changed humans and the environment forever. The practice originated independently in a least a dozen different places over several thousand years. But why did agriculture begin in those places and at those particular times in human history?

New clues to the origins of agriculture

The invention of agriculture changed humans and the environment forever. The practice originated independently in a least a dozen different places over several thousand years. But why did agriculture begin in those places and at those particular times in human history? [more]
Verónica Zuccarelli presented data from her DAAD-funded research stay at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History to the VIIth Argentinian Congress on Archaeometrics, 17-20 April 2018.

DAAD-funded project presented at the 7th Argentinian Congress on Archaeometrics

Verónica Zuccarelli presented data from her DAAD-funded research stay at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History to the VIIth Argentinian Congress on Archaeometrics, 17-20 April 2018. [more]
In a new video from Latest Thinking, Russell Gray describes his research investigating the cooperative abilities of kea birds, and what this can tell us about ourselves.

"Do Kea Birds Have Cooperative Abilities?"

In a new video from Latest Thinking, Russell Gray describes his research investigating the cooperative abilities of kea birds, and what this can tell us about ourselves. [more]
A smartphone game designed by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History aims to study how languages evolve.

The evolution of language? There’s an app for that

A smartphone game designed by scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History aims to study how languages evolve. [more]
Date & Time: May 16, 2018, 15:30 Room: Villa V14 Host:  Johannes Krause, Department of Archaeogenetics

Distinguised Lecture by Ludovic Orlando: Tracking Six Millenia of Horse Selection, Admixture and Management with Complete Genome Time-Series

Date & Time: May 16, 2018, 15:30
Room: Villa V14
Host: Johannes Krause, Department of Archaeogenetics [more]
The president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Prince Sultan bin Salman, announced the find, made by Michael Petraglia, Huw Groucutt and colleagues.

Human footprints found in northwestern Saudi Arabia near the city of Tabuk could be more than 85,000 years old

The president of the Saudi Commission for Tourism and National Heritage, Prince Sultan bin Salman, announced the find, made by Michael Petraglia, Huw Groucutt and colleagues. [more]
The largest study to date on ancient leprosy DNA reveals previously unknown diversity of strains in Medieval Europe.

A European origin for leprosy?

The largest study to date on ancient leprosy DNA reveals previously unknown diversity of strains in Medieval Europe. [more]
Study recovers oldest viral genomes, and shows the hepatitis B virus has been circulating in Europe for at least 7000 years.

Stone age hepatitis B virus decoded

Study recovers oldest viral genomes, and shows the hepatitis B virus has been circulating in Europe for at least 7000 years. [more]
 
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