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Biologist Juliane Bräuer researches the animals as head of dog studies at the Max Planck Institute. Unlike many other animal species, the sympathy between humans and dogs is based on mutuality, the expert explains. (Audio in German) more
Are you a left-hander? Well, Dr. Natalie Uomini will tell you all you need to know! more
From Deutschlandfunk: July 27, 2021. Little is really known about the groups of people who roamed Europe, Asia and Africa between the 3rd and 8th centuries. Who were they? And what drove them? What we know and tell about them is based on a rather thin source material. DNA analysis could reveal some of their secrets. Audio in German. more
Juliane Kaminski (Dog Cognition Centre, University of Portsmouth) and Juliane Bräuer (DogStudies, MPI for the Science of Human History, Jena) are looking for special dogs, that are able to distinguish objects by name. more
Dr. Patrick Roberts about the oldest known human burial in Africa. (in German) - 13.05.2021 more
02/25/2021 - Prof. Johannes Krause discusses "The Power of Prejudice" (Die Macht der Vorurteile) and how genetic research can combat racism (video in German, available until 02/25/2026). more
Jan. 2021 - Director Nicole Boivin discussed on Deutschlandfunk how studying the past can help us shape the future. (In German) more
Dec. 3, 2020. Johannes Krause in an interview with Gert Scobel (ZDF). more
Auf den Hund gekommen - Juliane Bräuer and Alf Haubitz discuss Juliane's new book "Was Hunde wissen" (What dogs know). Broadcast date 11/24/2020, audio in German more
Professor Krause on migration in human history, DNA from the stone age, genetic differences today, the term "ethnicity" and much more (German Language) more
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. more
Professor Johannes Krause interview on Deutschlandfunk Nova. Audio in German. more
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
He Yu and Johannes Krause discuss the findings of their research in the region of Lake Baikal more
Campus Talks featuring Juliane Bräuer, ARD-alpha May, 09 2020 more
Campus Talks featuring Prof. Dr. Philipp W. Stockhammer. ARD-Alpha. April, 27 2020 (in German) more
Learning from past farming strategies to adapt to our changing world with Ayushi Nayak. more
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
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
Interview with Dr. Natalie Uomini about the curious origins of handedness. Newstalk, Futureproof with Jonathan McCrea, aired on 03 March, 2020 more
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
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
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
Join Dr. Juliane Bräuer at the Dog Lab and learn more about dogs' cognitive capabilities. more
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
700 years ago, the cultural evidence of the Paleo-Eskimos seemingly disappeared. Join our researchers in a quest to retrace it. more
Follow our scientists from the Department of Linguistics and Cultural Evolution to learn more about the relatively little studied Sino-Tibetan language group. more
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
Follow our archaeologists to learn more about the early human history of Sri Lanka and their way of hunting. more
Watch how a wild sea otter pounds open a mussel. more
Interview with Juliane Bräuer (in German)
WDR 5 Neugier genügt, aired on 29.07.2019, available until 28.07.2020 more
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
Interview with Chiara Barbieri (in German), Forschungsquartett, aired on 29.08.2019 more
Interview with Stephan Schiffels (in German)
Deutschlandfunk, Forschung aktuell, aired on 06.06.2019 more
Interview with Katerina Douka (Report in German)
Deutschlandfunk, Forschung aktuell, aired on 31.01.2019
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

Ancient Cannabis Smoking (Cannabiskonsum in der Vorgeschichte)

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

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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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