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Max Planck Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

Postal address:
Deutscher Platz 6
04103 Leipzig, Germany

phone: +49 (0)341 3550 860
fax: +49 (0)341 3550 119

e-mail: mpwcsec@[>>> Please remove the brackets! <<<]eva.mpg.de


The Max Planck Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology (MPWC) is an interdisciplinary cooperation between the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (MPI-EVA) in Leipzig, Germany, and the Weizmann Institute of Science WIS) in Rehovot, Israel. View more ...


  • 06/07/2016: Federico Becerra presents his latest research on bite force and biting behavior in rats at the annual meeting of the Society for Experimental Biology (SEB) in Brighton. In his study conducted at MPWC, rats bred to be aggressive towards humans bit often and with lots of force, whereas tame rates never bit at all. These findings will allow to better assess the effects of domestication in other animals as well.
    SEB press release
  • 29/06-03/07/2016: MPWC members attend this year's International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM) in Washington D.C., contributing with various talks and posters:

    • Kornelius Kupczik will give a talk on bite force generation and chewing efficiency,
    • Ellen Schulz-Kornas is invited speaker at the Mammalian Feeding System session presenting on tooth wear, textures and feeding biomechanics,
    • Adam van Casteren will give insight into the interplay between tooth materials, tooth structures and foods, and
    • Michael Berthaume will speak on modelling microscopic tooth wear.
    • Federico Becerra will present a poster on the domestication effect on skull morphology and biting performance in rats, and
    • Maximilian Bemman will contribute with a poster on a novel experimental approach on bite force measurments in vivo.

  • May to June 2016: Kornelius Kupczik gives three talks at academic institutions in Santiago de Chile: at Universidad de Chile at the Departamento de Antropología and the Facultad de Odontología, and at the Facultad de Odontología of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile. Under the seminar title of "Antropología Dental: ¿Qué podemos aprender (todavía) de estudios de forma y función en dientes?", he explores the lessons we can (still) learn from studies on the form, function and genetics of teeth.
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