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 DNA from medieval Germany tells the origin story of Ashkenazi Jews

Archaeogenetics

Research team analyzed genome-wide data for 33 Jewish individuals from 14th century Erfurt, Germany

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Genes and tongues are not always tied together

Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

GeLaTo, a global database, helps to explore the complex history of our genes and languages

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Meet the first Neandertal family

Evolutionary Genetics

Ancient genomes of thirteen Neandertals provide a rare snapshot of their community and social organization

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