Dog studies

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

Participants wanted!

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

Latest publications

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Lipson, M.; Szécsényi-Nagy, A.; Mallick, S.; Pósa, A.; Stégmár, B.; Keerl, V.; Rohland, N.; Stewardson, K.; Ferry, M.; Michel, M. et al.; Oppenheimer, J.; Broomandkhoshbacht, N.; Harney, E.; Nordenfelt, S.; Llamas, B.; Gusztáv Mende, B.; Köhler, K.; Oross, K.; Bondár, M.; Marton, T.; Osztás, A.; Jakucs, J.; Paluch, T.; Horváth, F.; Csengeri, P.; Koós, J.; Sebők, K.; Anders, A.; Raczky, P.; Regenye, J.; Barna, J. P.; Fábián, S.; Serlegi, G.; Toldi, Z.; Gyöngyvér Nagy, E.; Dani, J.; Molnár, E.; Pálfi, G.; Márk, L.; Melegh, B.; Bánfai, Z.; Domboróczki, L.; Fernández-Eraso, J.; Antonio Mujika-Alustiza, J.; Alonso Fernández, C.; Jiménez Echevarría, J.; Bollongino, R.; Orschiedt, J.; Schierhold, K.; Meller, H.; Cooper, A.; Burger, J.; Bánffy, E.; Alt, K. W.; Lalueza-Fox, C.; Haak, W.; Reich, D.: Parallel palaeogenomic transects reveal complex genetic history of early European farmers. Nature (2017)
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Morin, O.: Spontaneous emergence of legibility in writing systems: The case of orientation anisotropy. Cognitive Science: A Multidisciplinary Journal (2017)
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Sima, M. J.; Matzinge, T.; Bugnya, T.; Pika, S.: Reconciliation and third-party affiliation in carrion crows. Ethology (2017)
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Greenhill, S. J.; Wu, C.-H.; Hua, X.; Dunn, M.; Levinson, S. C.; Gray, R. D.: Evolutionary dynamics of language systems. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America (2017)

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 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]

Join us at our institute on Nov. 24 from 6pm to midnight for the Long Night of Sciences! There will be exciting activities, talks, and videos for all ages. [PDF]

Long Night of Sciences on Nov. 24, 2017

Join us at our institute on Nov. 24 from 6pm to midnight for the Long Night of Sciences! There will be exciting activities, talks, and videos for all ages. [PDF]
The plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis may have first come to Europe with the large-scale migration of steppe nomads in the Stone Age, millennia before the first known historical epidemics.

Plague Likely a Stone Age Arrival to Central Europe

The plague-causing bacterium Yersinia pestis may have first come to Europe with the large-scale migration of steppe nomads in the Stone Age, millennia before the first known historical epidemics. [more]
In comparison to central and northern Europe, the Iberian Peninsula saw a faster fusion of early farmer populations, who migrated to the region from the Near East, and local hunter-gatherers.

DNA analyses provide information about the settling of the Iberian Peninsula

In comparison to central and northern Europe, the Iberian Peninsula saw a faster fusion of early farmer populations, who migrated to the region from the Near East, and local hunter-gatherers. [more]
Early farmers who migrated to Europe from the Near East spread quickly across the continent, where they lived side-by-side with existing local hunter-gatherers while slowly mixing with those groups over time.

Neolithic farmers coexisted with hunter-gatherers for centuries after spreading across Europe

Early farmers who migrated to Europe from the Near East spread quickly across the continent, where they lived side-by-side with existing local hunter-gatherers while slowly mixing with those groups over time. [more]
Researchers from the MPI-SHH have found what may be the oldest-known images of dogs, some of whom are wearing leashes. The original study, published in the Journal of Anthropolical Archaeology, is described in Science Magazine (with accompanying video).

Pre-Neolithic evidence for dog-assisted hunting strategies in Arabia

Researchers from the MPI-SHH have found what may be the oldest-known images of dogs, some of whom are wearing leashes. The original study, published in the Journal of Anthropolical Archaeology, is described in Science Magazine (with accompanying video). [more]
The orientation of strokes within letters reveals surprising patterns that hardly changed in 3000 years.

Legibility emerges spontaneously, rather than evolving over time

The orientation of strokes within letters reveals surprising patterns that hardly changed in 3000 years. [more]
The project, headed by Michael Petraglia of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, receives Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Ansari Award for Serving Kingdom’s Antiquities for a Pioneering Non-Saudi Group at the 1st Saudi Archeology Convention.

Green Arabia project wins award for archaeological work in Saudi Arabia

The project, headed by Michael Petraglia of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, receives Dr. Abdul Rahman Al Ansari Award for Serving Kingdom’s Antiquities for a Pioneering Non-Saudi Group at the 1st Saudi Archeology Convention. [more]
 
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