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Videos and Audios


Pollen, infectious disease and the Black Death with Adam Izdebski

Pollen, infectious disease and the Black Death with Adam Izdebski

Podcast
Adam Izdebski joins the Infectious Historians to discuss his work at the frontier between pollen and disease, and in particular in light of his recent work analyzing pollen from the time of the Black Death
Barbara Huber studies old plant remains by using biochemical and biomolecular approches

Barbara Huber studies old plant remains by using biochemical and biomolecular approches

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Barbara Huber is a Joachim Herz Foundation Add-On Fellow for Interdisciplinary Life Science. In her PhD research at the Max Planck Institute she studies old plant remains by using biochemical and biomolecular approches to find out how people used plants in the past
A Journey to the West: The Ancient Dispersal of Rice out of East Asia

A Journey to the West: The Ancient Dispersal of Rice out of East Asia

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Rice is one of the most culturally valued and widely grown crops in the world today, and extensive research over the past decade has clarified much of the narrative of its domestication and early spread across East and South Asia. By better understanding the adoption of this water-demanding crop in the arid regions of West Asia, we explore an important chapter in human adaptation and agricultural decision making.
 
glyph - An online game to crowdsource the science of letter shapes

glyph - An online game to crowdsource the science of letter shapes

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Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Harvard, and PSL University, have designed a gaming applet where players compete to classify the letter shapes of the world's writing systems. Researchers will better understand how letter shapes evolve to be distinctive and informative thanks to this crowdsourced typology
International Dog Day: "Having a Dog is Healthy"

International Dog Day: "Having a Dog is Healthy"

Podcast
Biologist Juliane Bräuer researches dogs as head of the DogLab at the Max Planck Institute. Unlike many other animal species, the sympathy between humans and dogs is based on mutuality, the expert explains. (Audio in German)
Finding Rico - Recruitment Video

Finding Rico - Recruitment Video

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Juliane Kaminski (Dog Cognition Centre, University of Portsmouth) and Juliane Bräuer (DogStudies, MPI for the Science of Human History, Jena) are looking for special dogs, that are able to distinguish objects by name.
Mtoto: The Sleeping Child

Mtoto: The Sleeping Child

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The National Research Center on Human Evolution (CENIEH) in collaboration with the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History and the National Museums of Kenya, co-leads a study on the oldest human burial in Africa, dating back to 78,000 years old

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Latest Publications

Bräuer, J.: The favorite animals of Comparative Psychologists: why some animals seem to get all the attention. (2022)
Haldon, J.; Eton, H.; Izdebski, A.: Managing the Roman Empire for the long term: risk assessment and management policy in the fifth to seventh centuries. In: Perspectives on public policy in societal-environmental crises: what the future needs from history, 16, 1 Ed., pp. 237 - 246 (Eds. Izdebski, A.; Haldon, J.; Filipkowski, P.). Springer International Publishing, Cham (2022)

Vignola, C.; Hättestrand, M.; Bonnier, A.; Finné, M.; Izdebski, A.; Katrantsiotis, C.; Kouli, K.; Liakopoulos, G.; Norström, E.; Papadaki, M. et al.; Strandberg, N. A.; Weiberg, E.; Masi, A.: Mid-late Holocene vegetation history of the Argive Plain (Peloponnese, Greece) as inferred from a pollen record from ancient Lake Lerna. PLoS One 17 (7), 0271548 (2022)
Liakopoulos, G.: The integration of settlers into existing socio-environmental settings: reclaiming the greek lands after the Late Medieval Crisis. In: Perspectives on public policy in societal-environmental crises: what the future needs from history, 20, 1 Ed., pp. 307 - 324 (Eds. Izdebski, A.; Haldon, J.; Filipkowski, P.). Springer International Publishing, Cham (2022)

Izdebski, A.; Haldon, J.; Filipkowski, P.: Introduction: what sort of past does our future need? In: Perspectives on public policy in societal-environmental crises: what the future needs from history, 1, 1 Ed., pp. 1 - 5 (Eds. Izdebski, A.; Haldon, J.; Filipkowski, P.). Springer International Publishing, Cham (2022)
Bochaton, C.: Archaeological occurrences of terrestrial herpetofauna in the insular Caribbean: cultural and biological significance. Royal Society Open Science 9 (7), 220256 (2022)

Izdebski, A.: What stories should historians be telling at the dawn of the Anthropocene? In: Perspectives on public policy in societal-environmental crises: what the future needs from history, 2, 1 Ed., pp. 9 - 19 (Eds. Izdebski, A.; Haldon, J.; Filipkowski, P.). Springer International Publishing, Cham (2022)
Hayes, E. H.; Fullagar, R.; Field, J. H.; Coster, A. C.F.; Matheson, C.; Nango, M.; Djandjomerr, D.; Marwick, B.; Wallis, L. A.; Smith, M. A. et al.; Clarkson, C.: 65,000-years of continuous grinding stone use at Madjedbebe, Northern Australia. Scientific Reports 12 (1), 11747 (2022)
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