Press Releases 2020

In a new manuscript, Dr. Robert Spengler argues that all of the earliest traits of plant domestication are linked to a mutualistic relationship in which plants recruited humans for seed dispersal. more

New archaeological work supports the hypothesis that human populations were present in India by 80,000 years ago and that they survived one of the largest volcanic eruptions in the last two million years more

Scientists present the first ancient DNA that links the spread of farming culture in ancient Eurasia to the emergence of human-adapted pathogens more

Agricultural crops dispersed across Eurasia more than five millennia ago, causing significant cultural change in human populations across the ancient world. New discoveries in the Altai Mountains illustrate that this process occurred earlier than believed more

New international study shows the potential of novel methods to reveal past human influences on the growth of tropical trees still standing today more

Using insights from pyschology, linguistics and economics, researchers investigate the properties of coined money in 182 modern currencies for underlying principes of design more

A team of scientists from the University of Texas at Austin and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History used phylogenetic approaches to investigate the worldwide dispersal of European sign languages. more

Newest version of database sets new standards for reproducible research, providing a reliable approach to the quantitative study of linguistics more

Basic cooperation skills appear to be shared by dogs and wolves, suggesting that this ability was present in a common ancestor and was not lost during domestication more

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