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Microbes on the Move

With an interdisciplinary approach that bridges the gap between cultural heritage, contemporary economies and microbial biodiversity, this conference brings together a diverse group of scientists, livestock owners, civil society actors and state employees from Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, China and Germany.

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All Organisms in the World are Related
Professor Johannes Krause interview on Deutschlandfunk Nova. Audio in German. more
Hundestudien am Max-Planck-Institut
The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History is also conducting experiments testing dogs' cognitive abilities. For a brief insight, watch this video. more
Paleolithic to Bronze Age Siberians reveal connections with First Americans and across Eurasia
He Yu and Johannes Krause discuss the findings of their research in the region of Lake Baikal more
Warum Tiere klüger sind als wir denken
Campus Talks with Juliane Bräuer, ARD-alpha May, 09 2020 more
Anthrodish Podcast: Episode 70
Learning from past farming strategies to adapt to our changing world with Ayushi Nayak. more
The Arch & Anth Podcast: Episode 53
What can proteomics and stable isotope analyses tell us about the first dairying and agricultre in South Asia? Ayushi Nayak discusses all this on The Arch & Anth Podcast. more
Frozen artifacts emerging from Mongolia's "eternal ice"
Archaeologists from the University of Colorado-Boulder Museum of Natural History and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History traverse the high Altai Mountain range of western Mongolia in search of clues to the area's past melting from alpine ice more
Futureproof Extra: Left-Handedness
Interview with Dr. Natalie Uomini about the curious origins of handedness. Newstalk, Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea, aired on 03 March, 2020 more
The Journey of our Genes (Die Reise unserer Gene)
Interview with Johannes Krause (in German) about his book Die Reise unserer Gene.
Saarländischer Rundfunk (SR 2), Fragen an den Autor,
aired on 22.09. 2019 more
Die Reise der Menschheit (in German)
Follow the documentary to learn more about humankind's history and how the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History contributed to the documentary. more
Mongolia Field Work
When and how did Homo sapiens succeed in inhabiting Mongolia and adapting to the sometimes extreme environmental conditions? The video shows the work of the archaeologists on site and gives an insight into how the laboratory succeeds in drawing an ever more differentiated and complete picture of the human past from the samples obtained. more
An Introduction to the Dog Lab
Join Dr. Juliane Bräuer at the Dog Lab and learn more about dogs' cognitive capabilities. more
Future of the Past - Origins of the Biblical Philistines
An international team, led by scientists from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, retrieved and analysed, for the first time, genome-wide data from 10 Bronze and Iron Age individuals (~3,600-2,800 years old) excavated by the Leon Levy Expedition to Ashkelon. more
Future of the Past - The genetic heritage of the Paleo-Eskimos
700 years ago, the cultural evidence of the Paleo-Eskimos seemingly disappeared. Join our researchers in a quest to retrace it. more
Future of the Past - Sino-Tibetan languages
Follow our scientists from the Department of Linguistics and Cultural Evolution to learn more about the relatively little studied Sino-Tibetan language group. more
Future of the Past - First farmers in ancient Anatolia
Intersted in the history of agriculture? We are as well! Come along with our archaeologists to discover more about their latest research trip to Anatolia. more
Future of the Past - Monkey Hunters
Follow our archaeologists to learn more about the early human history of Sri Lanka and their way of hunting. more
Wild Sea Otter Mussel Pounding Leaves Archaeological Traces
Watch how a wild sea otter pounds open a mussel. more
Evolution of the Puppy-Eye (Evolution des Hundeblicks)
Interview with Juliane Bräuer (in German)
WDR 5 Neugier genügt, aired on 29.07.2019, available until 28.07.2020 more
Wer waren die Philister - und woher kamen sie?
Interview Johannes Krause (in German, starts at min. 29:40)
WDR 5 Quarks, Wissenschaft und mehr, aired on 30.07.2019, available until 29.07.2024 more
New old history (Neue alte Geschichte)
Interview with Chiara Barbieri (in German)
detektor.fm, Forschungsquartett, aired on 29.08.2019 more
Das Erbe der Paläo-Eskimos
Interview with Stephan Schiffels (in German)
Deutschlandfunk, Forschung aktuell, aired on 06.06.2019 more
Wer lebte wann in der Denisova-Höhle?
Interview with Katerina Douka (Report in German)
Deutschlandfunk, Forschung aktuell, aired on 31.01.2019
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Historischer Stammbaum: Der Ursprung der sinotibetischen Sprachen
Interview with Johann-Mattis List (in German)
Deutschlandfunk: Forschung Aktuell, aired on 07.05.2019 more

Exploring the Origins of the Apple

TV Report in German, MDR Thüringen Journal, 10.06.2019
<p>Presented on the Daily Show by Trevor Noah (starts at min. 4:49)</p>

Ancient Cannabis Smoking (Cannabiskonsum in der Vorgeschichte)

Presented on the Daily Show by Trevor Noah (starts at min. 4:49)

Latest Thinking - What Does Dental Calculus Reveal About Human Evolution?
Dental calculus, a calcified form of tooth plaque, can give detailed information about the diets, diseases and lifestyles of past humans. Christina Warinner discusses how she gains new knowledge about the way human beings used to live, what they ate, and how their microbiome has evolved. more
Latest Thinking - What Can We Learn from Studying <em>Homo sapiens’</em> First Moves into Tropical Forests?
In popular culture as in traditional archaeology, the tropical forest has been assumed to represent an environment inhospitable to humans. In this video, Patrick Roberts challenges this view. more
Latest Thinking - Where Did the Japanese Language and Its Speakers Come From?
One of the most disputed issues in historical-comparative linguistics is the origin of the Japanese language and the question of whether it is related to the Transeurasian languages. Martine Robbeets has already shown in past research that it is possible to find a small core of evidence that relates Japanese as a daughter language of Transeurasian. more
Latest Thinking - Do Kea Birds Have Cooperative Abilities?
The ability to cooperate with each other has given humans one of the key advantages in the colonization of this planet. What about other species? Do they have cooperative abilities as well? Russel Gray and his fellow researchers have investigated this particular question observing keas, a New Zealand bird known for its playfulness and inquisitiveness. more
Latest Thinking - Did Religion Play a Causal Role in the Evolution of Large, Complex Societies?
The notion of a powerful god is often said to play a significant role in supporting the transition from small relatively equal hunter and gatherer societies to big hierarchical societies. Russel Gray gets to the bottom of it. more
Latest Thinking - Are Europeans Today Genetically Different From Their Ancestors?
Different ethnic groups have shaped the genetic makeup of today’s Europeans. By analyzing D.N.A extracted from ancient bones, Johannes Krause traces back the genetic ancestry of human beings, especially those living in Europe today. more
Latest Thinking - How Does Writing Reflect Deep Human Preferences for Certain Shapes?
Human development is determined by biology and culture. Biologically seen, the history of evolution has brought us certain cognitive biases, whereas our cultural legacy is built through interactions with other people. Olivier Morin pursues research at the intersection of these two legacies and his particular area of interest is cultural transmission. more
Latest Thinking - What New Insights Can Archeology Provide Into <em>Homo Sapiens' </em>Emergence from Africa?
Traditional theory holds that Homo sapiens’ first moved Out of Africa into Eurasia along coastal routes some 60,000 years ago. In this video, Michael Petraglia explodes this theory demonstrating that modern humans emerged from Africa much earlier and, at least some of the time, via inland routes. more
Latest Thinking - How Well Do Automatic Methods for Language Comparison Work?
To find out how languages are related and form a family, linguists compare them by sifting through dictionaries, grammars or word lists. Recently, scholars have proposed automatic methods to compare languages more efficiently. Johann-Mattis List wants to know how well these automatic methods for language comparison really perform. more
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