Dog studies

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

Participants wanted!

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

Latest publications

David-Chavez, D. M.; Gavin, M. C.: A global assessment of Indigenous community engagement in climate research. Environmental Research Letters (2018)
Oliveira, S.; Hübner, A.; Fehn, A.-M.; Aço, T.; Lages, F.; Pakendorf, B.; Stoneking, M.; Rocha, J.: The role of matrilineality in shaping patterns of Y chromosome and mtDNA sequence variation in southwestern Angola. bioRxiv (2018)
Güldemann, T.; Nakagawa, H.: Anthony Traill and the holistic approach to Kalahari Basin sound design. Africana Linguistica 24, pp. 45 - 73 (2018)
Fehn, A.-M.: New data on northeastern Kalahari Khoe phoneme inventories. Africana Linguistica 24, pp. 5 - 29 (2018)
Scerri, E. M. L.; Shipton, C.; Clark-Balzan, L.; Frouin, M.; Schwenninger, J.-L.; Groucutt, H. S.; Breeze, P. S.; Parton, A.; Blinkhorn, J.; Drake, N. A. et al.; Jennings, R.; Cuthbertson, P.; Omari, A. A.; Alsharekh, A. M.; Petraglia, M. D.: The expansion of later Acheulean hominins into the Arabian Peninsula. Scientific Reports (2018)
Bos, K. I.: TB’s Chinese travels. Nature Ecology & Evolution (2018)
Saers, J. P. P.; Ryan, T. M.; Stock, J. T.: Trabecular bone functional adaptation and sexual dimorphism in the human foot. American Journal of Physical Anthropology (2018)
Posth, C.; Nakatsuka, N.; Lazaridis, I.; Skoglund, P.; Mallick, S.; Lamnidis, T. C.; Rohland, N.; Nägele, K.; Adamski, N.; Bertolini, E. et al.; Broomandkhoshbacht, N.; Cooper, A.; Culleton, B. J.; Ferraz da Silva, T.; Ferry, M.; Furtwängler, A.; Haak, W.; Harkins, K.; Harper, T. K.; Hünemeier, T.; Lawson, A. M.; Llamas, B.; Michel, M.; Nelson, E. A.; Oppenheimer, J.; Patterson, N.; Schiffels, S.; Sedig, J.; Stewardson, K.; Talamo, S.; Wang, C.-C.; Hublin, J.-J.; Hubbe, M.; Harvati, K.; Delaunay, A. N.; Beier, J.; Francken, M.; Kaulicke, P.; Reyes-Centeno, H.; Rademaker, K.; Trask, W. R.; Robinson, M.; Gutierrez, S. M.; Prufer, K. M.; Salazar-García, D. C.; Chim, E. N.; Gomes, L. M. P.; Alves, M. L.; Liryo, A.; Inglez, M.; Oliveira, R. E.; Bernardo, D. V.; Barioni, A.; Wesolowski, V.; Scheifler, N. A.; Rivera, M. A.; Plens, C. R.; Messineo, P. G.; Figuti, L.; Corach, D.; Scabuzzo, C.; Eggers, S.; DeBlasis, P.; Reindel, M.; Méndez, C.; Politis, G.; Tomasto-Cagigao, E.; Kennett, D. J.; Strauss, A.; Fehren-Schmitz, L.; Krause, J.; Reich, D.: Reconstructing the deep population history of Central and South America. Cell 175 (5), e22, pp. 1185 - 1197 (2018)
Uomini, N.; Ruck, L.: Manual laterality and cognition through evolution: An archeological perspective. Progress in Brain Research 238, pp. 295 - 323 (2018)

A complete list of publications you can find here.

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

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 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]


News

From 2019, the Pan-African Evolution Research Group will explore human evolution and demography across Africa through a combination of archaeology, genetics, biogeography and climate science. The group is headed by Dr Eleanor Scerri.

‘Lise Meitner’ Pan-African Evolution Research Group (Pan-Ev)

From 2019, the Pan-African Evolution Research Group will explore human evolution and demography across Africa through a combination of archaeology, genetics, biogeography and climate science. The group is headed by Dr Eleanor Scerri.
[more]
DLCE WorkshopDate: Dec. 7, 2018Room: Villa V14Host: Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

Historical Linguistics Workshop

DLCE Workshop
Date: Dec. 7, 2018
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution [more]
Stone handaxes, similar to those made by early humans as much as 1.5 million years ago, have been dated for the first time in the Arabian Peninsula, to less than 190,000 years old, where their production may have endured until the arrival of Homo sapiens.

Stone tools linked to ancient human ancestors found in Arabia with a surprisingly recent date

Stone handaxes, similar to those made by early humans as much as 1.5 million years ago, have been dated for the first time in the Arabian Peninsula, to less than 190,000 years old, where their production may have endured until the arrival of Homo sapiens. [more]
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.

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]
The project “Horses and Human Societies in New World Australia” will explore the impact that horses have had on the people and environments of Australia since their introduction.

Taylor and colleagues win DAAD research award to study the early history of horses in Australia

The project “Horses and Human Societies in New World Australia” will explore the impact that horses have had on the people and environments of Australia since their introduction. [more]
Date & Time: Nov. 28, 2018, 15:00Speaker: Prof. Alicia Sanchez-MazasRoom: Villa V14Host: Department of Archaeogenetics

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]
When they don’t have enough information to make an accurate decision, dogs will search for more – similarly to chimpanzees and humans.

Dogs know when they don’t know

When they don’t have enough information to make an accurate decision, dogs will search for more – similarly to chimpanzees and humans. [more]
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!

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!

Date & Time: Nov. 15, 2018, 13:00Speaker:  Prof. Monica H. GreenRoom:  Villa V14Host:  Department of Archaeogenetics

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]
The Department of Archaeology will hold its International Applications of Archaeological Sciences Training Course from 20-30 March 2019. The application deadline is November 21, 2018.

International Application of Archaeological Science - Training Course 2019

The Department of Archaeology will hold its International Applications of Archaeological Sciences Training Course from 20-30 March 2019. The application deadline is November 21, 2018. [more]
An international team of researchers has revealed unexpected details about the peopling of Central and South America in an ancient DNA study.

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]
Analysis of seven ancient whole genomes reveals adaptations to the high-altitude environment and agrarian lifestyle of the Andes.

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]
Dairying of cattle, sheep, and goats was established in northern Mongolia by 1300 BC – despite limited genetic interactions with Western Steppe herders.

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]
Date & Time: Nov. 7, 2018, 15:00Speaker:  Prof. Amy BogaardRoom:  Villa V14Host:  Department of Archaeology

Distinguished Lecture by Prof. Amy Bogaard: "Recent Explorations of Early Urban Agroecology in Western Eurasia"

Date & Time: Nov. 7, 2018, 15:00
Speaker: Prof. Amy Bogaard
Room: Villa V14
Host: Department of Archaeology [more]
New doctoral program started by Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

On the trail of human history

New doctoral program started by Friedrich Schiller University and the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History [more]
Long before the formal creation of the Silk Road, pastoral herders living in the mountains of Central Asia helped form new cultural and biological links across the region.

Major corridor of Silk Road already home to high-mountain herders over 4000 years ago

Long before the formal creation of the Silk Road, pastoral herders living in the mountains of Central Asia helped form new cultural and biological links across the region. [more]
New study provides earliest evidence for hominins in ‘Green Arabia’ between 500,000 and 300,000 years ago alongside direct environmental data indicating productive, relatively humid grasslands.

Earliest hominin migrations into the Arabian Peninsula required no novel adaptations

New study provides earliest evidence for hominins in ‘Green Arabia’ between 500,000 and 300,000 years ago alongside direct environmental data indicating productive, relatively humid grasslands. [more]
Patrick Roberts was awarded the prize for the best up-and-coming researcher by the Beutenberg Canpus e.V. as part of the "Noble Gespräche" event series. A Laudatio was held by Michael Petraglia.

Patrcik Roberst awarded as best young researcher by Beutenberg Campus e.V.

Patrick Roberts was awarded the prize for the best up-and-coming researcher by the Beutenberg Canpus e.V. as part of the "Noble Gespräche" event series. A Laudatio was held by Michael Petraglia. [more]
The Cross-Linguistic Data Formats Initiative proposes new standards for linguistic data formats to facilitate sharing and data comparisons.

Guidelines for a standardized data format for use in cross-linguistic studies

The Cross-Linguistic Data Formats Initiative proposes new standards for linguistic data formats to facilitate sharing and data comparisons. [more]
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.

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]
Analysis of proteins preserved in bowls and jars from this prehistoric site in central Anatolia shows the foodstuffs inside its inhabitants’ pottery vessels in unprecedented spectrum and resolution.

Cuisine of early farmers revealed by the analysis of proteins preserved in prehistoric pottery from Çatalhöyük

Analysis of proteins preserved in bowls and jars from this prehistoric site in central Anatolia shows the foodstuffs inside its inhabitants’ pottery vessels in unprecedented spectrum and resolution. [more]
Registration is open for Transeurasian Conference 2019!  Interdisciplinary conference in "Tandem style". Jan. 8-11, 2019, at the MPI-SHH. Hosted by eurasia3angle.

Transeurasian millets and beans, language and genes

Registration is open for Transeurasian Conference 2019!
Interdisciplinary conference in "Tandem style".
Jan. 8-11, 2019, at the MPI-SHH. Hosted by eurasia3angle. [more]
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.

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]
The project “Dating and conservation of ancient camel sculptures in northern Saudi Arabia” will last approximately one year.

Maria Guagnin wins Gerda Henkel Foundation award to study and conserve Saudi Arabian sculptures

The project “Dating and conservation of ancient camel sculptures in northern Saudi Arabia” will last approximately one year. [more]
Registration now open here!Mar. 31 - Apr. 4, 2019Location: EMBL Heidelberg, GermanyCo-Organizer: Johannes Krause

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]
Collaborative art project on the popular web platform Reddit reveals the structure of cultural change.

One million artists can’t be wrong about cultural evolution

Collaborative art project on the popular web platform Reddit reveals the structure of cultural change. [more]
 
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