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Updates

A New Open Access Database for the Study of Medieval Europe
A new article in Nature’s Scientific Data presents the CIMA database (Compendium Isotoporum Medii Aevi). CIMA compiles more than 50,000 multi-isotope measurements together with supplemental historical information covering the entirety of the European Middle Ages.

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

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Latest Publications

Czerwinski, S.; Marcisz, K.; Wacnik, A.; Lamentowicz, M.: Synthesis of palaeoecological data from the Polish Lowlands suggests heterogeneous patterns of old-growth forest loss after the Migration Period. Scientific Reports 12 (1), 8559 (2022)
Antunes, A. C.; Montanarin, A.; Gräbin, D. M.; dos Santos Monteiro, E. C.; Ferreira de Pinho, F.; Alvarenga, G. C.; Ahumada, J.; Wallace, R. B.; Ramalho, E. E.; Barnett, A. P. A. et al.; Bager, A.; Lopes, C.; Martins, A.; Keuroghlian, A.; Giroux, A.; Herrera, A. M.; de Correa, A.; Paula, A.; Meiga, A. Y.; de Almeida Jácomo, A. T.; de Barros Barban, A.; Antunes, A.; de Almeida Coelho, A. G.; Camilo, A. R.; Nunes, A. V.; dos Santos Maroclo Gomes, A. C.; da Zanzini, S.; Carlos, A.; Castro, A. B.; Desbiez, A. L. J.; Figueiredo, A.; de Thoisy, B.; Gauzens, B.; Oliveira, B. T.; de Lima, A. C.; Peres, C. A.; Durigan, C. C.; Brocardo, C. R.; da Rosa, A. C.; Zárate-Castañeda, C.; Monteza-Moreno, C. M.; Carnicer, C.; Trinca, C. T.; Polli, D. J.; Ferraz da Silva , D.; Lane, D. F.; Gomes da Rocha, D.; Barcelos, D. C.; Auz, D.; Rosa, D. C. P.; Silva, D. A.; Silvério, D. V.; Eaton, D. P.; Nakano-Oliveira, E.; Venticinque, E.; Carvalho Junior, E.; Mendonça, E. N.; Vieira, E. M.; Isasi-Catalá, E.; Fischer, E.; Castro, E. P.; Oliveira, E. G.; de Melo, F. R.; de Lima Muniz, F.; Rohe, F.; Baccaro, F. B.; Michalski, F.; Paim, F. P.; Santos, F.; Anaguano, F.; Palmeira, F. B. L.; Reis, F. d. S.; Aguiar-Silva, F. H.; de Avila Batista, G.; Zapata-Ríos, G.; Forero-Medina, G.; De Souza Ferreira Neto, G.; Alves, G. B.; Ayala, G.; Pedersoli, G. H. P.; El Bizri, H. R.; Alves do Prado, H.; Mozerle, H. B.; Costa, H. C. M.; Lima, I. J.; Palacios, J.; de Resende Assis, J.; Boubli, J. P.; Metzger, J. P.; Teixeira, J. V.; Miranda, J. M. D.; Polisar, J.; Salvador, J.; Borges-Almeida, K.; Didier, K.; Dayane de Lima Pereira, K.; Torralvo, K.; Gajapersad, K.; Silveira, L.; Maioli, L. U.; Maracahipes-Santos, L.; Valenzuela, L.; Benavalli, L.; Fletcher, L.; Paolucci, L. N.; Zanzini, L. P.; Zago da Silva, L.; Rodrigues, R.; Cláudio, L.; Benchimol, M.; Oliveira, M. A.; Lima, M.; Basto da Silva, M.; Junior, d. S.; Augusto, M.; Viscarra, M.; Cohn-Haft, M.; Abrahams, M. I.; Benedetti, M. A.; Marmontel, M.; Hirt, M. R.; Tôrres, N. M.; Junior, C.; Ferreira, O.; Alvarez-Loayza, P.; Jansen, P.; Prist, P. R.; Brando, P. M.; Bernardes Perônico, P.; do Nascimento Leite, R.; Rabelo, R. M.; Sollmann, R.; Beltrão-Mendes, R.; Ferreira, R. A. F.; Coutinho, R.; Oliveira, R. d. C.; Ilha, R.; Hilário, R. R.; Pires, R. A. P.; Sampaio, R.; da Silva Moreira, R.; Botero-Arias, R.; Vasquez Martinez, R.; de Albuquerque Nóbrega, R. A.; Fadini, R. F.; Morato, R. G.; Carneiro, R. L.; Almeida, R. P. S.; Ramos, R. M.; Schaub, R.; Dornas, R.; Cueva, R.; Rolim, S.; Laurindo, S.; Espinosa, S.; Fernandes, T. N.; Sanaiotti, T. M.; Gomide Alvim, T. H.; Dornas, T. T.; Piña, T. E. N.; Caetano Andrade, V. L.; Santiago, W. T. V.; Magnusson, W. E.; Campos, Z.; Ribeiro, M. C.: AMAZONIA CAMTRAP: a dataset of mammal, bird, and reptile species recorded with camera traps in the Amazon forest. (2022)

Chang, C.; Ivanov, S. S.; Tourtellotte, P. A.; Spengler III, R. N.; Mir Makhamad, B.; Kramar, D.: Ancient agricultural and pastoral landscapes on the south side of lake Issyk-Kul: preliminary surveys of the Juuku Valley and Lower Kizil Suu Valley, archaeobotanical results of three stratigraphic profiles, and GIS modeling of Iron Age in Lower Kizil Suu. Preprints.org, 202205.0219 (2022)
Finsterwalder, S.; Loncaric, I.; Cabal, A.; Szostak, M.; Barf, L.; Marz, M.; Allerberger, F.; Burgener, I.; Tichy, A.; Feßler, A. et al.; Schwarz, S.; Monecke, S.; Ehricht, R.; Ruppitsch, W.; Spergser, J.; Künzel, F.: Dogs as carriers of virulent and resistant genotypes ofClostridioides difficile. Zoonoses and Public Health (2022)

Childebayeva, A.; Rohrlach, A. B.; Barquera Lozano, R. J.; Rivollat, M.; Aron, F.; Szolek, A.; Kohlbacher, O.; Nicklisch, N.; Alt, K. W.; Gronenborn, D. et al.; Meller, H.; Friederich, S.; Prüfer, K.; Deguilloux, M.-F.; Krause, J.; Haak, W.: Population genetics and signatures of selection in Early Neolithic european farmers. (2022)
Ventresca Miller, A. R.; Wilkin, S.; Hendy, J.; Turbat, T.; Batsukh, D.; Bayarkhuu, N.; Giscard, P.-H.; Bemmann, J.; Bayarsaikhan, J.; Miller, B. K. et al.; Clark, J.; Roberts, P.; Boivin, N.: The spread of herds and horses into the Altai: how livestock and dairying drove social complexity in Mongolia. PLoS One 17 (5), e0265775 (2022)

Snitker, G.; Roos, C. I.; Sullivan, A. P.; Maezumi, S. Y.; Bird, D. W.; Coughlan, M. R.; Derr, K. M.; Gassaway, L.; Klimaszewski-Patterson, A.; Loehman, R. A.: A collaborative agenda for archaeology and fire science. Nature Ecology & Evolution, s41559-022-01759-2 (2022)
Karpińska-Kołaczek, M.; Kołaczek, P.; Czerwinski, S.; Gałka, M.; Guzowski, P.; Lamentowicz, M.: Anthropocene history of rich fen acidification in W Poland: causes and indicators of change. (2022)
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