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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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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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