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.



Unearthing ancient social structures with sediment DNA

Evolutionary Genetics

An ERC Consolidator Grant was awarded to Benjamin Vernot, leader of the Max Planck Research Group for Ancient…


Chimpanzees use hilltops to conduct reconnaissance on rival groups

Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

Research on neighbouring chimpanzee communities in the forests of West Africa suggests a warfare tactic not…


Studying the Facets of Infant Social Learning

Comparative Cultural Psychology

Maleen Thiele starts Minerva Fast Track group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology…