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.

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Investigating the biological and social structures of human societies

Archaeogenetics

An ERC Advanced Grant has been awarded to Wolfgang Haak, head of the Molecular Anthropology Research Group in…

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Origin and spread of malaria

Archaeogenetics

Scientists reconstruct ancient genomes of the two most deadly malaria parasites, Plasmodium vivax and Plasmodi…

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Ritual sacrifice at Chichén Itzá

Archaeogenetics

Ancient Maya genomes reveal the practice of male twin sacrifice and the enduring genetic legacy of…

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