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Genes and tongues are not always tied together

Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

GeLaTo, a global database, helps to explore the complex history of our genes and languages

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Meet the first Neandertal family

Evolutionary Genetics

Ancient genomes of thirteen Neandertals provide a rare snapshot of their community and social organization

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Nobel Prize for Svante Pääbo

Evolutionary Genetics

The director of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig is honoured for his pioneering work in the field of palaeogenetics,…

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Stress with siblings

Former Departments
Primatology

Birth of a sibling triggers long-lasting stress in young bonobos

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From Continental Europe to England

Archaeogenetics

Archaeogenetic study reveals large-scale continental migration into the East of England during the early Medieval Period

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Chimpanzee stone tool diversity

LMG Technological Primates

New analysis of chimpanzee stone tools shows diverse material culture

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Modern humans generate more brain neurons than Neandertals

Evolutionary Genetics

Due to the change of a single amino acid, brain evolution has proceeded differently

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National parks - islands in a desert?

Former Departments
Primatology

Effectiveness of biodiversity conservation in national parks is associated with socioeconomic conditions

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Costs and benefits of genetic mixing

Primate Behavior and Evolution

Baboons borrowed a third of their genes from a closely related species

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The Bantu expansion took a rainforest route

Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

A recent linguistic study found that early Bantu speakers crossed through the dense Central African Rainforest 4,000 years ago

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The brains of Neanderthals developed differently from those of modern humans

Evolutionary Genetics

Brain stem cells of modern humans make fewer mistakes in the distribution of their chromosomes to the daughter cells

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Chimpanzees can navigate virtual environments

Comparative Cultural Psychology

In search of virtual fruit, chimpanzees used landscape features for better orientation

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Britains earliest humans

LMG Technological Primates

Homo heidelbergensis may have occupied southern Britain between 560,000 and 620,000 years ago

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Shedding light on linguistic diversity and its evolution

Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

Linguists and computer scientists collaborate to publish a large global Open Access lexical database

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Origins of the Black Death identified

Archaeogenetics

Multidisciplinary team studied ancient plague genomes

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Pre-historic Wallacea - a melting pot of human genetic ancestries

Evolutionary Genetics
Archaeogenetics

To shed light on the archipelago’s settlement history, researchers sequenced and analyzed sixteen ancient genomes

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The largest genomic catalogue of wild chimpanzees

Former Departments
Primatology

New genomic tools shed light on the evolutionary history of chimpanzees and contribute to their conservation

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Great white sharks may have contributed to megalodon extinction

Former Departments
Human Evolution

Using zinc isotopes, researchers investigated the diet of megalodon, the largest shark to have ever lived

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Healthy development thanks to older siblings

Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

If expectant mothers are exposed to stress their child can develop behavioural problems - but this is less often the case for children with siblings

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Chimpanzees combine calls to form numerous vocal sequences

Former Departments
Primatology

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

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