Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
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phone: +49 (341) 3550 - 0
fax: +49 (341) 3550 - 119
Max Planck Research Groups
Max Planck Research Group on Plant Foods in Hominin Dietary Ecology
The Max Planck Research Group on Plant Foods in Hominin Dietary Ecology seeks to explore some of the complex relationships between the diet and the biology and behavior of our ancestors, including their relationship with the environment, the development of human social structures, and the adoption of new technologies.
Research groups hosted by the institute
Max Planck Weizmann Center for Integrative Archaeology and Anthropology (MPWC)
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. The central goal of the MPWC is to better understand human evolution by drawing on expertise from archaeology, anthropology, biology, physics and material sciences.
Junior Research Group of Primate Kin Selection
Understanding the impact of kinship upon the evolution of social behavior is one of the central questions in Behavioral Ecology. Kin selection theory predicts that animals can increase their fitness by allocating more cooperation to kin than to non-kin.
The Cuvette Centrale as Reservoir of Medicinal Plants
Our research of terrestrial biodiversity intends to identify and quantify the flora of specific sites in the Central Congo Basin (Cuvette Centrale) with respect to the historic, current and potential future anthropogenic use. In the long run, identification of these socio-cultural and economic aspects of biodiversity may help to better conserve endangered refuges of local and global significance.