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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Chimpanzees combine calls to form numerous vocal sequences

Former DepartmentsPrimatology

Evidence of structured vocal sequences in wild chimpanzee communication provides insights into human language…

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Spread of black rats was linked to human historical events

Archaeogenetics

New research reveals how the black rat colonised Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods

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Neanderthals of the North

Former DepartmentsHuman Evolution

Flexible adaptation to changing environmental conditions

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