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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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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 Departments
Human Evolution

Flexible adaptation to changing environmental conditions

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The rise of mobile dairy pastoralism on the Eurasian steppe

Archaeogenetics

New study of ancient milk proteins reveals the changing pastoralist strategies that laid the groundwork for the great steppe migrations of the…

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Origins of the Avars elucidated with ancient DNA

Archaeogenetics

Multidisciplinary research team sheds light on the 1,400-year-old mystery about the genetic origins of the Avar elite

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Unravelling the mystery of parrot longevity

Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

Bigger brains have led some species of parrot to live surprisingly long lives, new research shows

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Studying the evolution, the distribution and the psychology of word families

Linguistic and Cultural Evolution

An ERC Consolidator Grant was awarded to Johann-Mattis List, a research group leader in the Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution at the Max…

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Exploring ancient Tuberculosis transmission chains

Archaeogenetics

New details about tuberculosis’ evolutionary history in ancient South America point to a complex web of disease transmission in the pre-colonial…

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New insights into the genetic history of Tibetans and their neighbors

Archaeogenetics

Ancient genomes from the Himalayas illuminate the genetic history of Tibetans and their Tibeto-Burman speaking neighbors

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Genetic and behavioral approaches to primate evolution

Primate Behavior and Evolution

Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, welcomes Jenny Tung as new Director

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Covid-19 genetic risk variant protects against HIV

Evolutionary Genetics

A Covid-19 risk variant inherited from Neandertals reduces a person’s risk of contracting HIV by 27 percent

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Reacting to a changing environment involves inhibiting previous behavior

Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture

Researchers are investigating the cognitive abilities that allow animals to react to a rapidly changing environment

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Several million euros in EU funding for Max Planck early career researchers

Evolutionary Genetics

Eleven Max Planck projects receive starter grants from the European Research Councils (ERC); humanities and social sciences lead the internal ranking

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Modern humans developed a more effective protection against oxidative stress

Evolutionary Genetics

Neanderthal variant of the protein glutathione reductase increases risk for inflammatory bowel disease and vascular disease

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Challenging "rule breakers"

Comparative Cultural Psychology

Children will confront their peers, but how they do so varies across cultures

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DNA in archaeological sediments

Evolutionary Genetics

Ancient human and animal DNA can remain stably localized in sediments, preserved in microscopic fragments of bone and feces

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Molecular Analysis Reveals the Oldest Denisovan Fossils Yet

Evolutionary Genetics

Denisova Cave has yielded new Denisovan remains associated with archaeological artifacts in its lowermost layers dating to 200,000 years ago

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Those that game together, stay together

Comparative Cultural Psychology

The games we play reflect the socio-ecological characteristics of the culture that we are in

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Genetic changes in Bronze Age southern Iberia

Archaeogenetics

DNA from 136 ancient Iberians reveals genomic and social transformations during the Copper Age to Bronze Age transition in southwestern Europe

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The surprising origins of the Tarim Basin mummies

Archaeogenetics

Genomic study reveals an indigenous Bronze Age population that was genetically isolated but culturally cosmopolitan

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