Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology unites scientists with various backgrounds (natural sciences and humanities) whose aim is to investigate the history of humankind from an interdisciplinary perspective with the help of comparative analyses of genes, cultures, cognitive abilities, languages and social systems of past and present human populations as well as those of primates closely related to human beings.

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Ancient Genomes Reveal Down Syndrome in Past Societies

Archaeogenetics

Burials show that children with Down Syndrome and Edwards Syndrome were recognized as members of their…

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The cultural evolution of collective property rights

Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

New simulation model shows that the evolution of sustainable institutions critically depends on clearly…

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Did Eurasia's dominant East-West axis "turn the fortunes of history"?

Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

New research shows that environmental barriers have influenced the spread of cultural innovations but do not…

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