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First human migration out of Africa much more geographically widespread than previously thought  

April 09, 2018
The first Homo sapiens fossil discovery from Saudi Arabia dates to 90,000 years ago during a time when the region’s deserts were replaced by grasslands. [more]
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New standards for ancient protein studies set forth by multi-national group of researchers

March 26, 2018
The new field of palaeoproteomics, harnessing cutting-edge techniques to analyze ancient proteins, is growing quickly. Researchers set out standards and precautions that aim to provide it with a firm foundation. [more]
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New linguistic analysis finds that Dravidian language family is approximately 4,500 years old

March 21, 2018
The Dravidian language family, varieties of which are spoken by 220 million people across South Asia, is crucial in understanding the prehistory not only of the subcontinent but of Eurasia as a whole. [more]
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Intensification of agriculture and social hierarchies evolve together, study finds

March 19, 2018
Computational analyses of the evolution of 155 Island South East Asian and Pacific societies reveal the way social and material factors combine to drive major transitions in human social organization. [more]
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Scientists discover genomic ancestry of Stone Age North Africans from Morocco, which shows links to the Near East and sub-Saharan Africa  

March 15, 2018
Ancient nuclear DNA from 15,000-year-old modern humans from Morocco, the oldest ever recovered from Africa, shows dual genetic ancestry to ancient Near Eastern and to sub-Saharan African populations. [more]
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Tracking the spread of early hunter-gatherers through language

March 12, 2018
Scientists have further evidence that an ancient family of languages spread over most of the Australian continent in the last 6000 years, rapidly replacing pre-existing languages. But the puzzle remains as to why. [more]
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International Women's Day 2018 at the MPI-SHH

March 08, 2018
This month we will be highlighting female employees and their work, beginning with Director Nicole Boivin of the Department of Archaeology. [more]
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Ball or stuffed toy - do dogs “know” what they’re smelling?

March 05, 2018
Dogs create a mental representation of objects that they perceive through smell, a new study shows – and are surprised if what they find at the end of the trail differs from what they expected to find. [more]
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Ancient DNA reveals genetic replacement despite language continuity in the South Pacific  

February 27, 2018
New genetic research reveals the complex demographic history of Vanuatu, explaining how Austronesian languages were retained throughout its history despite near-total replacement of early Austronesian-Lapita with Papuan ancestry. [more]
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Ancient DNA study reveals the prehistory of Southeastern Europe

February 21, 2018
Second largest ancient DNA study provides insight into the arrival of the first farmers to Europe and their interactions with hunter-gatherers. [more]
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Ancient DNA reveals impact of the “Beaker Phenomenon” on prehistoric Europeans

February 21, 2018
Largest ancient DNA study ever conducted answers the long-debated question of whether the spread of “Beaker” pottery was due to population migrations or the movement of cultural ideas. [more]
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A typical Central European - The genome of the architect of the Dresden Frauenkirche deciphered

February 01, 2018
A research team from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the University of Tübingen examines the genetic material of 18th century German architect George Bähr to learn more about his appearance and health. [more]
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Northern European population history revealed by ancient human genomes

January 30, 2018
Analysis of ancient DNA found that Scandinavia was settled by hunter-gatherers via a southern and a northern route, and reveals that agriculture was likely introduced by migrating agriculturalists. [more]
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Possible cause of early colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified

January 15, 2018
Salmonella enterica, the bacterium responsible for enteric fever, may be the long-debated cause of the 1545-1550 AD “cocoliztli” epidemic in Oaxaca, Mexico that heavily affected the native population. [more]
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