News 2017

Susanna Sabin wins prestigious Wenner-Gren Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
Sabin, a PhD student in the Department of Archaeogenetics, was awarded the grant for the project “Revealing the History of Human Tuberculosis with Diverse Ancient and Modern Pathogen Genomes.”
“Why is there a little Neanderthal in each of us?”
Johannes Krause presents a lecture for the KinderUni for the Museumslöwen e.V. Gotha at the Gotha Public Library about our relationship with Neanderthals. more
Ecological opportunity, evolution, and the emergence of flea-borne plague
Date: Dec 13, 2017, 15:30
Speaker: Bernard Joseph Hinnebusch
Chief, Plague Section, Laboratory of Bacteriology, National Institutes of Health (USA)
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics more
Metagenomics Workshop
Lecture by Irina Velsko
Date: Dec. 13, 2017, 13:30
Room: Villa V03
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics
"Ancient Microbiomes and the Accuracy of Taxonomic Classifiers." more
"Adventures in Archaeology!"
The MPI-SHH Adventures in Archaeology coloring book, debuted at the Long Night of Sciences, is now available for download in three languages - with more on the way!
LAG2 – The origin and expansion of Uralic speaking populations

LAG2 – The origin and expansion of Uralic speaking populations

Joint workshop Department of Archaeogenetics and Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution
MPI-SHH, 29. Nov. - 1. Dec. 2017
Organizers: Russell Gray, Wolfgang Haak, Johannes Krause
Plague Likely a Stone Age Arrival to Central Europe
The plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis may have first come to Europe with the large-scale migration of steppe nomads in the Stone Age, millennia before the first known historical epidemics. more
DNA analyses provide information about the settling of the Iberian Peninsula
In comparison to central and northern Europe, the Iberian Peninsula saw a faster fusion of early farmer populations, who migrated to the region from the Near East, and local hunter-gatherers. more
Neolithic farmers coexisted with hunter-gatherers for centuries after spreading across Europe
Early farmers who migrated to Europe from the Near East spread quickly across the continent, where they lived side-by-side with existing local hunter-gatherers while slowly mixing with those groups over time. more
Christina Warinner named one of the Top 10 “Scientists to Watch” in 2017
The recipients, nominated by Nobel Laureates and members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, are chosen from all scientific fields. more
Shedding new light on the Ancient Mediterranean
The partners of the new Max Planck-Harvard Research Center are investing a total of five million Euros in order to understand the key processes that shaped human history in the ancient Mediterranean by using cutting-edge scientific approaches. more
First large-scale ancient genomes study from sub-Saharan African skeletons lifts veil on prehistoric populations
Genetic analyses uncover lost human populations and surprising relationships, revealing a complex history of population movements in ancient Africa. more
Mobile women were key to cultural exchange in Stone Age and Bronze Age Europe
4000 years ago, European women traveled far from their home villages to start their families, bringing with them new cultural objects and ideas. more
Talk by Hideaki Kanzawa-Kiriyama
"Genomic insights into the relationship between ancient Japanese and modern East Eurasians."
Date: Aug 16, 2017
Time: 14:00 - 15:30
Host: eurasia3angle & DAG more
Ancient DNA reveals origins of the Minoans and Mycenaeans
The mysterious Minoans descended primarily from local Stone Age farmers, as did their cultural counterpart, the Mycenaeans – and their descendants still inhabit Greece today.
DNA of early Neanderthal gives timeline for new modern human-related dispersal from Africa    
Mitochondrial DNA from Neanderthal individual who died in Swabian Jura in modern-day southwest Germany suggests that Neanderthals received genetic contribution from Africa by hominins that are closely related to modern humans more than 220,000 years ago. more
The First Genome Data from Ancient Egyptian Mummies
Study finds that ancient Egyptians were most closely related to ancient populations from the Near East.
Johannes Krause Awarded 22nd Annual Thuringian Research Prize for Top Performance in Basic Research
On April 25, 2017, Prof. Dr. Johannes Krause from the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History in Jena was awarded the Thuringian Research Prize for Top Performance in Basic Research by the Thuringian Ministry of Economy, Science and the Digital Society.
Talk by Michael Richards
"Using isotopes to track past human migrations"
Date: Apr 12, 2017
Time: 15:00 - 16:30
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics
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