News 2018

First ancient DNA ever analyzed from mainland Finland reveals origin of Siberian ancestry in Saami and Finnish populations
New study shows that the genetic makeup of northern Europe traces back to migrations from Siberia that began at least 3,500 years ago and that, as recently as the Iron Age, ancestors of the Saami lived in a larger area of Finland than today. more
Distinguished Lecture by Alicia Sanchez-Mazas: "The intriguing evolution of HLA genes in human populations"
Date & Time: Nov. 28, 2018, 15:00
Speaker: Prof. Alicia Sanchez-Mazas
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics more
Appointments to the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Appointments to the Friedrich Schiller University Jena

Prof. Dr. Christina Warinner and Prof. Dr. Johannes Krause have been appointed university lecturers at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena; they are thus members of the Faculty of Biosciences. Congratulations!
Distinguished Lecture by Monica H. Green: "From Africa to Tibet: Telling Plague’s Story from the Periphery to the Center"
Date & Time: Nov. 15, 2018, 13:00
Speaker: Prof. Monica H. Green
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics more
Ancient DNA evidence for two previously unknown genetic exchanges between North and South America
An international team of researchers has revealed unexpected details about the peopling of Central and South America in an ancient DNA study. more
History of early settlement and survival in the Andean highlands revealed by ancient genomes
Analysis of seven ancient whole genomes reveals adaptations to the high-altitude environment and agrarian lifestyle of the Andes. more
Oldest evidence of dairying on the East Asian Steppe
Dairying of cattle, sheep, and goats was established in northern Mongolia by 1300 BC – despite limited genetic interactions with Western Steppe herders. more
Distinguished Lecture by Tim Cleland: "Bone Proteomics and Paleoproteomics: Method Development and Detecting Diagenesis"
Date & Time: 25 October 2018, 3pm
Speaker: Tim Cleland
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeogenetics more
8th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA) 2018
The 8th International Symposium on Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA) will take place from 18–21 September 2018 at Friedrich-Schiller-University Jena, Germany. It is organized by members of the Department of Archaeogenetics of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. more
Wild African monkeys are infected with the same bacterium that causes yaws in humans
Previously it was thought that this bacterium mainly infected humans – this new research reveals the possibility of a disease reservoir in wild primates and offers insights into the evolution of the bacterium. more
Cross-Disciplinary Analysis of Ancient Cemeteries Sheds Light on Social Organization and Migration of 6th-Century Barbarians
Researchers find that individuals with more northern and central European genetic ancestry were buried with more elaborate grave goods than those with more southern, local ancestry. more
Reconstructing the Human Past - EMBO|EMBL Symposium
Registration now open here!
Mar. 31 - Apr. 4, 2019
Location: EMBL Heidelberg, Germany
Co-Organizer: Johannes Krause more
MINT-Festival Jena
Science Festival to introduce school children to the STEM fields.
Date: Sep. 13, 2018
Location: FSU, Foyer, Ernst-Abbe-Platz
Host: Friedrich-Schiller-University of Jena more
MHAAM Young Investigator Symposium 2018
MHAAM is holding a Symposium at Harvard University on Friday, November 2, 2018. Students will present cross-disciplinary research utilizing modern scientific tools and knowledge to illuminate the history of humanity. Abstracts due October 18, 2018. more
DNA of early medieval Alemannic warriors and their entourage decoded
Researchers from Eurac Research and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History have analysed human remains dated between 590 and 630 CE. more
Kirsten Bos and Christina Warinner awarded ERC Starting Grants
The highly competitive grants will allow the recipients to fund research groups on their projects, “Communicable Disease Exchange in the Age of Seafaring” and “Cultures of dairying: gene-culture-microbiome evolution and the ancient invention of dairy foods”. more
Outstanding Abstract Award for Susanna Sabin
Susanna Sabin was awarded an Outstanding Abstract Award for her submission to the American Society for Microbiology Microbe 2018 conference, titled "Application of a 17th Century Mycobacterium tuberculosis genome to mycobacterial dating and phylogeography". more
Visit of young African diplomats on June 21st
Director Johannes Krause hosted a group of diplomats from Africa, who are participating in the 12th Executive Seminar by the German federal Foreign Office. The course is targeted towards young diplomats from sub-Saharan countries. It is designed to transcend political boundaries and strengthen their awareness of opportunities in a regional and multilateral context. more
First ancient syphilis genomes decoded
Researchers recovered three genomes of the bacterium Treponema pallidum from skeletal remains from colonial-era Mexico, and were able to distinguish the subspecies that causes syphilis from the subspecies that causes yaws. more
Microbial Diversity of Traditional Dairy Ecologies
Heirloom Microbes Project Workshop
Date: June 17-20, 2018
Room: Villa V03
Host: Heirloom Microbes Project more
Oldest bubonic plague genome decoded
A pair of 3,800-year-old skeletons buried together in Russia test positive for a strain of the plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis that is ancestral to the strain that caused the Black Death. more
Distinguised Lecture by Ludovic Orlando: Tracking Six Millenia of Horse Selection, Admixture and Management with Complete Genome Time-Series
Date & Time: May 16, 2018, 15:30
Room: Villa V14
Host: Johannes Krause, Department of Archaeogenetics more
A European origin for leprosy?
The largest study to date on ancient leprosy DNA reveals previously unknown diversity of strains in Medieval Europe. more
Stone age hepatitis B virus decoded
Study recovers oldest viral genomes, and shows the hepatitis B virus has been circulating in Europe for at least 7000 years. more
Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Norman Hammond - “Archaeology, Epigraphy, and Identity: Problems in Maya Pre/History”
Date & Time: May 2, 2018, 15:30
Room: Villa V14
Hosts: Johannes Krause & Christina Warinner, Department of Archaeogenetics more
"Adventures in Archaeological Science" Coloring Book travels the world
The "Adventures in Archaeological Science" Coloring Book has been translated into over a dozen languages and has been distributed to collaborators and friends in countries far and wide, from Mongolia to Mexico. more
New standards for ancient protein studies set forth by multi-national group of researchers
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
Wolfgang Haak awarded ERC Consolidator Grant for his project PALEoRIDER
The ERC has selected Wolfgang Haak of the Department of Archaeogenetics as one of the 2017 recipients for its highly competitive Consolidator Grant, for his project "PALEoRIDER - Human health and migration in prehistory." more
Scientists discover genomic ancestry of Stone Age North Africans from Morocco, which shows links to the Near East and sub-Saharan Africa
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.
Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Kyle Harper - “Patterns of Disease in the Roman Empire”
Speaker: Prof. Kyle Harper, Professor of Classics and Letters, Senior Vice President and Provost, University of Oklahoma
Date & Time: Mar. 22, 2018, 15:30
Room: Villa V14
Hosts: Johannes Krause & Christina Warinner, Department of Archaeogenetics more
International Women's Day 2018 at the MPI-SHH
This month we will be highlighting female employees and their work, beginning with Director Nicole Boivin of the Department of Archaeology. Check back here throughout the month for updates! more
Ancient DNA reveals genetic replacement despite language continuity in the South Pacific
New genetic research explains how Austronesian languages were retained throughout its history despite near-total replacement of early Austronesian-Lapita with Papuan ancestry. more
Ancient DNA study reveals the prehistory of Southeastern Europe
Second largest ancient DNA study provides insight into the arrival of the first farmers to Europe and their interactions with hunter-gatherers. more
Ancient DNA reveals impact of the “Beaker Phenomenon” on prehistoric Europeans
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
A typical Central European - The genome of the architect of the Dresden Frauenkirche deciphered
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
Northern European population history revealed by ancient human genomes
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
Possible cause of early colonial-era Mexican epidemic identified
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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