Updates 2021

Cancelled: DER KLANG VON JENA № 1: "Die Stille hören"
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Cold Comfort: Arctic Seabirds Find Refugia from a Warming Climate in Sea Ice Margins and Cold Fjords
Two new studies in Ambio and Scientific Reports find that Arctic seabirds adapt to warmer climate by exploiting alternative cold habitats more
A New Method for Reconstructing Cultural Evolution Applied to Electronic Music
A recent study in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior proposes a novel method of phylogenetic reconstruction using dynamic community detection more
Forgotten Extreme Weather
Environmental history points the way to the path of resilience. More information in German more
A New Approach for Accurately Dating Archaeological Sites Using Marine Mollusc Shells 
New study provides marine radiocarbon reservoir effect reference values for the study of chronologies in northern Iberia during the Early- to Mid-Holocene, between 9,000 and 7,500 years ago.
Beyond ‘Wilderness’ - Biodiversity Conservation Approaches Need Indigenous and Local Peoples
A new perspective article published in a special edition of PNAS titled ‘Tropical Forests as Key Sites of the Anthropocene’ pairs Indigenous scholarship with palaeoecological, archaeological, geographical, and anthropological research from the global tropics to explore some of the key barriers posed by pervasive “wilderness thinking” for the conservation of some of the most biodiverse places on earth. more
The Impacts of Early Rice Agriculture on Tropical Forests in Southeastern Asia
A new study published in the Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences compiles ancient pollen records from a variety of settings in tropical southeastern Asia spanning the past 6,000 years more
67,000 Years of Coastal Resource Engagement at Panga ya Saidi, Kenya
A new study, published in PLOS ONE, reports the first long-term evidence for coastal engagement in eastern Africa more
Plant Wax Biomarkers in Human Evolutionary Studies
Plant wax biomarkers are an innovative proxy for reconstructing vegetation composition and structure, rainfall intensity, temperature, and other climatic and environmental dynamics and are now incorporated in archeology and paleoanthropology to answer questions relating to past human-environment interactions and human evolution. more
NoRaRe: A Multilingual Database of Word and Concept Properties
A new study in Behavior Research Methods by a team of researchers in Germany presents the Database of Cross-Linguistic Norms, Ratings, and Relations for Words and Concepts (NoRaRe), an openly curated resource for interdisciplinary studies with data from psychology and linguistics more
Long-Term Resilient Foraging in Tropical Southern Mexico
New research shows that persistent tropical forest-grassland ecotones in southern Mexico provided critical ecologies for some of the first Pleistocene human arrivals through to the emergence of food production in this part of the world. more
A New Method for Identifying Ancient DNA
A team of researchers have developed a new software called PyDamage to provide an automated approach for ancient DNA damage estimation and authentication of de novo DNA assemblies more
Science for Everyone!

Science for Everyone!

July 20, 2021
Soapbox Science Munich will host Dr. Yoolim Kim and other women scientists talking about their research at Max-Joseph-Platz on 24 July more
Coring and Exploring the Amazon’s Giant Trees
New study presents a novel device for sampling giant trees in remote tropical forest regions. more
Dr. von Baeyer receives Gerda Henkel Fellowship
Dr. von Baeyer has been awarded a fellowship to continue her ongoing research into human impacts on the environment along the ancient Silk Road. She is also studying the origins of arboriculture and the maintenance of forests in ancient Central Asia. more
A New Method for Illustrating Stone Tools
A new article in PLOS ONE offers a novel method for illustrating stone tools, developed to allow researchers, students and educators to produce high quality, publishable illustrations more
MPI SHH Summer School: Doorway to Human Science
The doctoral researchers of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) are happy to present the inaugural session of the summer school: Doorway to Human Science. All graduate and undergraduate students who want to discover new disciplines or expand their knowledge and skillsets are encouraged to apply. more
Exploring Grain Size Variation in Prehistoric Central Asian Barley
Researchers compare changes in the size and shape of ancient barley grains from Europe and Central Asia to understand and highlight the plausible drivers for population-scale change through time more
Mak Itambu receives MPG Africa Mobility Grant
The Department of Archaeology (DA) welcomes Dr. Makarius Itambu to Jena. more
A New Method for Reconstructing Palaeotemperatures from Marine Mollusc Shells
A new study reveals that ratios of magnesium and calcium derived from the limpet Patella depressa using LIBS, a cutting-edge methodological approach, serve as a high-resolution seawater thermometer, with significant implications for palaeoclimate and archaeological studies.  more
Eurasia3angle becomes Archaeolinguistic Research Group
The group will review five years of research and discuss the use of archaeology, linguistics and genetics in triangulating the origins of Transeurasian languages in an upcoming lecture series more
Rainforests in Australia Were Shaped by Millennia of Aboriginal Land Management
Conservation approaches to rainforests in the Wet Tropics of Queensland must celebrate and protect both natural ‘Gondwanan’ heritage and the stewardship and cultural heritage of Aboriginal peoples. more
Pan-Ev Research Group Welcomes Dr. Khady Niang
Pan-Ev is delighted to welcome Dr Niang, whose expertise in West African Stone Age lithics will contribute towards unravelling the deep human past in this important region. more
Researchers Recreate a 9500-year-old Beadmaking Tradition from Malawi
In a new study, a researcher from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History led a team that re-discovered how ancient people made beads from giant land snails, and found that the origin of this practice is thousands of years older than previously believed. more
Retracing 45,000 Years of 'Emptying Forests'
How records of past human-primate interactions can inform conservation efforts more
Ancient Footprints Leave a Mark on 2020
The discovery of 120,000-year-old human, elephant and horse footprints near an ancient lakebed on the Arabian Peninsula changed what we know about what the world was like, and where our ancestors were, deep in prehistory more
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