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.



Pleistocene sediment DNA from Denisova Cave

Evolutionary Genetics

Sediment DNA tracks 300,000 years of hominin and animal presence at Denisova Cave


Wild chimpanzee orphans recover from the stress of losing their mother

Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

Long-term study shows that maternal loss is stressful for immature orphan wild chimpanzees - but only for the…


Global change: a tight squeeze for African great apes

Former Departments

Researchers predict massive decline in the range of African great apes over the next 30 years