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Department of Archaeogenetics

Director: Prof. Dr. Johannes Krause

The Department of Archaeogenetics utilizes the recent advances in molecular approaches on biomolecules, such as genome wide DNA sequencing, to uncover an entirely new spectrum of information that can be retrieved from sample repositories such as anthropological and archaeological collections. It is now possible to obtain detailed information about genetic relationships, geographical origin, selective processes or genetic structure of historical and prehistorical human, plant, animal or even pathogen populations using only miniscule samples.

The Department of Archaeogenetics is currently moving from the MPI for the Science of Human History in Jena to the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig.



The surprising origins of the Tarim Basin mummies


Genomic study reveals an indigenous Bronze Age population that was genetically isolated but culturally…


Archaeogenetics: Five global ethical principles


Scientists from all over the world have published guidelines for how human remains should be handled


Prehistoric humans rarely mated with their cousins


Scientists screened 1,785 ancient humans genomes from the last 45,000 years for parental relatedness