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Latest publications

Martine Robbeets
Proto-Transeurasian: where and when?
Eleanor M.L. Scerria, James Blinkhorn, Khady Niang, Mark D. Bateman, and Huw S. Groucutta
Persistence of Middle Stone Age technology to the Pleistocene/Holocene transition supports a complex hominin evolutionary scenario in West Africa
Ellis, E.; Maslin, M.; Boivin, N. L.; Bauer, A.:
Involve social scientists in defining the Anthropocene.

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Distinguished Lectures Seminar Series

Guest lecture by Matthew Collins on the topic of "Survival and utility of ancient proteins in archaeology" on January, 25 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:

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 Dr. Christina Warinner have won the Max Planck Society’s Annual Donation Award 2017. [more]

No Anthropocene without us!

The earth sciences have defined a new human age - now N. Boivin and colleagues are calling in Nature for broader and more interdisciplinary discussion.[more]

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 databases, 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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