We are investigating the cognitive abilities of dogs, and we are looking for participants. All studies are strictly observational and done in playful way.
Crowther, A.; Prendergast, M. E.; Fuller, D. Q.; Boivin, N. L.: Subsistence mosaics, forager-farmer interactions, and the transition to food production in eastern Africa. Quaternary International (2017)
Breeze, P. S.; Groucutt, H. S.; Drake, N. A.; Louys, J.; Scerri, E. M.L.; Armitage, S. J.; Zalmout, I. S.A.; Memesh, A. M.; Haptari, M. A.; Soubhi, S. A.et al.; Matari, A. H.; Zahir, M.; Al-Omari, A.; Alsharekh, A. M.; Petraglia, M. D.: Prehistory and palaeoenvironments of the western Nefud Desert, Saudi Arabia. Archaeological Research in Asia (2017)
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 paleogenetics, 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].