Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology brings together scientists from diverse backgrounds (natural sciences and humanities) with the aim of investigating the history of humankind from an interdisciplinary perspective using 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 humans.



Taking the lead in music

Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

First-mover advantage may be key to success in the music industry


Shedding light on past encounters between hominin groups

Research GroupsEvolutionary Genetics

Mateja Hajdinjak starts a new Max Planck Research Group at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary…


Variability in human body vocabularies

Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

Linguistic analysis provides insight into the vocabularies for body parts in more than a thousand languages