We are investigating the cognitive abilities of dogs, and we are looking for participants. All studies are done in playful way.
Ventresca Miller, A. R.; Bragina, T. M.; Abil, Y. A.; Rulyova, M. M.; Makarewicz, C. A.: Pasture usage by ancient pastoralists in the northern Kazakh steppe informed by carbon and nitrogen isoscapes of contemporary floral biomes. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences (2018)
Bhattacharya, T.; Retzlaff, N.; Blasi, D. E.; Croft, W.; Cysouw, M.; Hruschka, D.; Maddieson, I.; Müller, L.; Smith, E.; Stadler, P. F.et al.; Starostin, G.; Youn, H.: Studying language evolution in the age of big data. Journal of Language Evolution (2018)
Grimaldi, I. M.; Muthukumaran, S.; Tozzi, G.; Nastasi, A.; Boivin, N.; Matthews, P. J.; van Andel, T.: Literary evidence for taro in the ancient Mediterranean: A chronology of names and uses in a multilingual world. PLoS One (2018)
Kavanagh, P. H.; Vilela, B.; Haynie, H. J.; Tuff, T.; Lima-Ribeiro, M.; Gray, R. D.; Botero, C. A.; Gavin, M. C.: Hindcasting global population densities reveals forces enabling the origin of agriculture. Nature Human Behaviour (2018)
Goude, G.; Salazar-García, D. C.; Power, R. C.; Terrom, J.; Rivollat, M.; Deguilloux, M.-F.; Pemonge, M.-H.; Le Bailly, M.; Andre, G.; Coutelas, A.et al.; Hauzeur, A.: A multidisciplinary approach to Neolithic life reconstruction. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory (2018)
Slavinsky, V. S.; Rybin, E. P.; Khatsenovich, A. M.; Belousova, N. E.: Intentional fragmentation of blades in the initial upper Paleolithic industries of the Kara-Bom site (Altai, Russia). Archaeological Research in Asia 13 (2018)
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 Linguistic and Cultural 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. [more]
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.
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.
Heirloom Microbes Project Workshop Date: June 17-20, 2018 Room: Villa V03 Host: Heirloom Microbes Project
Archaeology for Kindergarten kids
A group of pre-school children from the Dualingo Kindergarten visited the MPI for the Science of Human History at the beginning of June.Jana Zech and her colleagues have explained to the children how and what archaeologists research.Picture: skull models of various primitive human beings called Hominins.
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.
Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Dr. Jadranka Gvozdanovic (Univ. Heidelberg) - “The impact of implicit bias for women in academia and what to do about it”
Date & Time: June 8, 2018, 15:30 Room:Villa V14 Host: Annemarie Verkerk, Equal Opportunities Officer
The Federal Foreign Office's Foreign Service Academy brings together young diplomats from around the world in its 9th International Diplomat Programme. The aim of this training initiative is to perceive foreign policy as an opportunity for cooperation and as a basis upon which to build the foundation for a working partnership on global matters. The programme offers a broad selection of seminars, informative visits and study tours, such as a visit at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History.
The invention of agriculture changed humans and the environment forever. The practice originated independently in a least a dozen different places over several thousand years. But why did agriculture begin in those places and at those particular times in human history?
Verónica Zuccarelli presented data from her DAAD-funded research stay at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History to the VIIth Argentinian Congress on Archaeometrics, 17-20 April 2018.