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Videos and Audios


Barbara Huber studies old plant remains by using biochemical and biomolecular approches

Barbara Huber studies old plant remains by using biochemical and biomolecular approches

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Barbara Huber is a Joachim Herz Foundation Add-On Fellow for Interdisciplinary Life Science. In her PhD research at the Max Planck Institute she studies old plant remains by using biochemical and biomolecular approches to find out how people used plants in the past
A Journey to the West: The Ancient Dispersal of Rice out of East Asia

A Journey to the West: The Ancient Dispersal of Rice out of East Asia

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Rice is one of the most culturally valued and widely grown crops in the world today, and extensive research over the past decade has clarified much of the narrative of its domestication and early spread across East and South Asia. By better understanding the adoption of this water-demanding crop in the arid regions of West Asia, we explore an important chapter in human adaptation and agricultural decision making.
 
glyph - An online game to crowdsource the science of letter shapes

glyph - An online game to crowdsource the science of letter shapes

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Scientists at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, Harvard, and PSL University, have designed a gaming applet where players compete to classify the letter shapes of the world's writing systems. Researchers will better understand how letter shapes evolve to be distinctive and informative thanks to this crowdsourced typology
International Dog Day: "Having a Dog is Healthy"

International Dog Day: "Having a Dog is Healthy"

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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)
Finding Rico - Recruitment Video

Finding Rico - Recruitment Video

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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

Mtoto: The Sleeping Child

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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

Latest Publications

Tjuka, A.; Nguyen, H. T. T.; van de Vijver, R.; Spalek, K.: Pitch contours of Northern Vietnamese tones vary with focus marking. (2022)
Sobchuk, O.: Evolution of modern literature and film. (2022)

Rivollat, M.; Thomas, A.; Ghesquière, E.; Rohrlach, A. B.; Späth, E.; Pemonge, M.-H.; Haak, W.; Chambon, P.; Deguilloux, M.-F.: Ancient DNA gives new insights into a Norman Neolithic monumental cemetery dedicated to male elites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 119 (18), e2120786119 (2022)
Bjorn, R.: Indo-European loanwords and exchange in Bronze Age Central and East Asia. (2022)

Quante, E.; Pint, A.; Frenzel, P.: Nonmarine Ostracoda as proxies in (geo-)archaeology: a review. Geoarchaeology: an international journal, 21912 (2022)
Rivollat, M.; Thomas, A.; Ghesquière, E.; Rohrlach, A. B.; Späth, E.; Pemonge, M.-H.; Haak, W.; Chambon, P.; Deguilloux, M.-F.: Ancient DNA gives new insights into a Norman Neolithic monumental cemetery dedicated to male elites. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 119 (18), e2120786119 (2022)

Hilbert, Y. H.; Clemente-Conte, I.; Crassard, R.; Charloux, G.; Guagnin, M.; AlSharekh, A. M.: Traceological analysis of lithics from the Camel Site, al-Jawf, Saudi Arabia: an experimental approach to identifying mineral processing activities using silcrete tools. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 14 (5), 93 (2022)
Nayak, A.; Basa, K. K.; Boivin, N. L.; Fuller, D. Q.; Mohanty, R. K.; Kingwell-Banham, E.; Murphy, C.; Roberts, P.; Lee-Thorp, J.; Bogaard, A.: A stable isotope perspective on archaeological agricultural variability and Neolithic experimentation in India. Journal of Archaeological Science 141, 105591 (2022)
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