The intelligent dog

We are investigating the cognitive abilities of dogs, and we are looking for participants. All studies are strictly observational and done in playful way.

 Participants wanted

We are investigating the cognitive abilities of dogs, and we are looking for participants. All studies are strictly observational and done in playful way. [more]

Latest publications

Morin, O.: Spontaneous emergence of legibility in writing systems: The case of orientation anisotropy. Cognitive Science: A Multidisciplinary Journal (2017)
Sima, M. J.; Matzinge, T.; Bugnya, T.; Pika, S.: Reconciliation and third-party affiliation in carrion crows. Ethology (2017)
Greenhill, S. J.; Wu, C.-H.; Hua, X.; Dunn, M.; Levinson, S. C.; Gray, R. D.: Evolutionary dynamics of language systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2017)
Faulkner, P.; Harris, M.; Ali, A. K.; Haji, O.; Crowther, A.; Horton, M. C.; Boivin, N. L.: Characterising marine mollusc exploitation in the eastern African Iron Age: Archaeomalacological evidence from Unguja Ukuu and Fukuchani, Zanzibar. Quaternary International (2017)

A complete list of publications you can find here.

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Long Night of Sciences, Nov. 24

Join us at our institute on Nov. 24 from 6pm to midnight for the Long Night of Sciences! There will be exciting activities, talks, and videos for all ages. [PDF]

Possibly the world's oldest images of dogs - and they're wearing leashes

Researchers from the MPI-SHH have discovered ancient images of people hunting with dogs on leads in Saudi Arabia. [more]

Neolithic farmers coexisted with hunter-gatherers for centuries after spreading across Europe

New research shows that early farmers lived side-by-side with existing local hunter-gatherers for centuries while slowly mixing with those groups over time. [more]

Mini-Bayesian School

From Nov. 6 to 9 the Eurasia3angle Group hosts a workshop for bayesian methods for linguistics. [more]

DA Workshop: Telescopic and Microscopic Visions of Central Asian Prehistory

Exploring the long durée of Central Asian prehistory through cross-disciplinary approaches and methodologies. Nov. 7, 2017. [more]

Green Arabia project wins award for archaeological work in Saudi Arabia

Project receives Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Ansari Award for Serving Kingdom’s Antiquities for a Pioneering Non-Saudi Group at the 1st Saudi Archeology Convention [more]

Institute Profile

The Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History (MPI-SHH) in Jena was founded in 2014 to target fundamental questions of human history and evolution since the Paleolithic. From the vantage point of three interdisciplinary research departments – the Department of Archaeogenetics (Director Johannes Krause), the Department of Archaeology (Director Nicole Boivin), and the Department of Cultural and Linguistic Evolution (Director Russell Gray) – the MPI-SHH pursues an integrative approach to the study of human history that bridges the traditional divide between the natural sciences and the humanities. By assembling experts from research areas as diverse as palaeogenetics, proteomics, bioinformatics, anthropology, archaeology, history, and quantitative linguistics, the MPI-SHH seeks to join and advance a broad range of methods, approaches, and datasets to explore big questions of the human past. Using state-of-the-art analytical techniques and technologies, the MPI-SHH tackles these and other topics:  

  • the settlement history of the world through past human migrations and genetic admixture events
  • the spread and diversification of human-associated microbes and infectious diseases
  • the impact of climatic and environmental change on human subsistence in different world regions
  • human modification of ecosystems
  • the rise of early forms of global trade systems
  • the spread and diversification of languages, cultures, and social practices
  • the co-evolution of genes and culture

With the establishment of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, a long tradition of phylogenetic and evolutionary research is revitalized in the city of Jena [learn more].

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