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Press Releases

Denisova Cave has yielded new Denisovan remains associated with archaeological artifacts in its lowermost layers dating to 200,000 years ago

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Environmental history points the way to the path of resilience. More information in German

Videos and Audios


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)

The Genes of the Barbarians

Podcast
From Deutschlandfunk: July 27, 2021. Little is really known about the groups of people who roamed Europe, Asia and Africa between the 3rd and 8th centuries. Who were they? And what drove them? What we know and tell about them is based on a rather thin source material. DNA analysis could reveal some of their secrets. Audio in German.

Finding Rico - Recruitment Video

Video
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

Video
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

Suchan, T.; Kusliy, M. A.; Khan, N.; Chauvey, L.; Tonasso-Calvière, L.; Schiavinato, S.; Southon, J.; Keller, M.; Kitagawa, K.; Krause, J. et al.; Bessudnov, A. N.; Bessudnov, A. A.; Graphodatsky, A. S.; Valenzuela-Lamas, S.; Wilczyński, J.; Pospuła, S.; Tunia, K.; Nowak, M.; Moskal-delHoyo, M.; Tishkin, A. A.; Pryor, A. J. E.; Outram, A. K.; Orlando, L.: Performance and automation of ancient DNA capture with RNA hyRAD probes. Molecular Ecology Resources, 13518 (2021)
Wang, C.-C.; Posth, C.; Furtwängler, A.; Sümegi, K.; Bánfai, Z.; Kásler, M.; Krause, J.; Melegh, B.: Genome-wide autosomal, mtDNA, and Y chromosome analysis of King Bela III of the Hungarian Arpad dynasty. Scientific Reports 11, 19210 (2021)

Kocher, A.; Papac, L.; Barquera, R.; Key, F. M.; Spyrou, M. A.; Hübler, R.; Rohrlach, A. B.; Aron, F.; Stahl, R.; Wissgott, A. et al.; van Bömmel, F.; Pfefferkorn, M.; Mittnik, A.; Villalba-Mouco, V.; Neumann, G. U.; Rivollat, M.; van de Loosdrecht, M. S.; Majander, K.; Tukhbatova, R. I.; Musralina, L.; Ghalichi, A.; Penske, S.; Sabin, S.; Michel, M.; Gretzinger, J.; Nelson, E. A.; Ferraz, T.; Nägele, K.; Parker, C.; Keller, M.; Guevara, E. K.; Feldman, M.; Eisenmann, S.; Skourtanioti, E.; Giffin, K.; Gnecchi-Ruscone, G. A.; Friederich, S.; Schimmenti, V.; Khartanovich, V.; Karapetian, M. K.; Chaplygin, M. S.; Kufterin, V. V.; Khokhlov, A. A.; Chizhevsky, A. A.; Stashenkov, D. A.; Kochkina, A. F.; Tejedor-Rodríguez, C.; de Lagrán, Í. G.-M.; Arcusa-Magallón, H.; Garrido-Pena, R.; Royo-Guillén, J. I.; Novácek, J.; Rottier, S.; Kacki, S.; Saintot, S.; Kaverzneva, E.; Belinskiy, A. B.; Velemínský, P.; Limburský, P.; Kostka, M.; Loe, L.; Popescu, E.; Clarke, R.; Lyons, A.; Mortimer, R.; Sajantila, A.; de Armas, Y. C.; Godoy, S. T. H.; Hernández-Zaragoza, D. I.; Pearson, J.; Binder, D.; Lefranc, P.; Kantorovich, A. R.; Maslov, V. E.; Lai, L.; Zoledziewska, M.; Beckett, J. F.; Langová, M.; Danielisová, A.; Ingman, T.; Atiénzar, G. G.; de Ibáñez, M. P. M.; Romero, A.; Sperduti, A.; Beckett, S.; Salter, S. J.; Zilivinskaya, E. D.; Vasilev, D. V.; von Heyking, K.; Burger, R. L.; Salazar, L. C.; Amkreutz, L.; Navruzbekov, M.; Rosenstock, E.; Alonso-Fernández, C.; Slavchev, V.; Kalmykov, A. A.; Atabiev, B. C.; Batieva, E.; Calmet, M. A.; Llamas, B.; Schultz, M.; Krauß, R.; Jiménez-Echevarría, J.; Francken, M.; Shnaider, S.; de Knijff, P.; Altena, E.; de Vijver, K. V.; Fehren-Schmitz, L.; Tung, T. A.; Lösch, S.; Dobrovolskaya, M.; Makarov, N.; Read, C.; Twest, M. V.; Sagona, C.; Ramsl, P. C.; Akar, M.; Yener, K. A.; Ballestero, E. C.; Cucca, F.; Mazzarello, V.; Utrilla, P.; Rademaker, K.; Fernández-Domínguez, E.; Baird, D.; Semal, P.; Márquez-Morfín, L.; Roksandic, M.; Steiner, H.; Salazar-García, D. C.; Shishlina, N.; Erdal, Y. S.; Hallgren, F.; Boyadzhiev, Y.; Boyadzhiev, K.; Küßner, M.; Sayer, D.; Onkamo, P.; Skeates, R.; Rojo-Guerra, M.; Buzhilova, A.; Khussainova, E.; Djansugurova, L. B.; Beisenov, A. Z.; Samashev, Z.; Massy, K.; Mannino, M.; Moiseyev, V.; Mannermaa, K.; Balanovsky, O.; Deguilloux, M.-F.; Reinhold, S.; Hansen, S.; Kitov, E. P.; Dobeš, M.; Ernée, M.; Meller, H.; Alt, K. W.; Prüfer, K.; Warinner, C.; Schiffels, S.; Stockhammer, P. W.; Bos, K.; Posth, C.; Herbig, A.; Haak, W.; Krause, J.; Kühnert, D.: Ten millennia of hepatitis B virus evolution. Science 374 (6564), pp. 182 - 188 (2021)
Roberts, P.; Hamilton, R.; Piperno, D. R.: Tropical forests as key sites of the “Anthropocene”: Past and present perspectives. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 118 (40), e2109243118, pp. 1 - 7 (2021)

Blinkhorn, J.; Achyuthan, H.; Durcan, J.; Roberts, P.; Ilgner, J.: Constraining the chronology and ecology of Late Acheulean and Middle Palaeolithic occupations at the margins of the monsoon. Scientific Reports 11 (1), 19665 (2021)
Fletcher, M.-S.; Hamilton, R.; Dressler, W.; Palmer, L.: Indigenous knowledge and the shackles of wilderness. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 118 (40), e2022218118, pp. 1 - 7 (2021)

Dunn, R. R.; Wilson, J.; Nichols, L. M.; Gavin, M. C.: Toward a global ecology of fermented foods. Current Anthropology 62 (24), 716014 (2021)
Fischer, M.; Herbst, L.; Kersting, S.; Kühn, L.; Wicke, K.: Tree balance indices: a comprehensive survey. (2021)
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