Human History

 

From Continental Europe to England

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

Renaming of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

New research focus in the field of geoanthropology more

Origins of the Black Death identified

Multidisciplinary team studied ancient plague genomes more

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

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

Spread of black rats was linked to human historical events

New research reveals how the black rat colonised Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods more

Origins of the Avars elucidated with ancient DNA

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

Smells like ancient society

Scientists find ways to study and reconstruct past scents more

Sea lions at the coast

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

An innovative 40,000-year-old culture in China

A well-preserved Palaeolithic site in northern China reveals a new and previously unidentified set of cultural innovations more

a screen capture from the applet "Glyph" with Buginese script

A Citizen Science project seeks criteria to sort letter shapes from various writing systems more

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From Continental Europe to England

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

Renaming of the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

New research focus in the field of geoanthropology more

Origins of the Black Death identified

Multidisciplinary team studied ancient plague genomes more

Spread of black rats was linked to human historical events

New research reveals how the black rat colonised Europe in the Roman and Medieval periods more

Origins of the Avars elucidated with ancient DNA

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

An innovative 40,000-year-old culture in China

A well-preserved Palaeolithic site in northern China reveals a new and previously unidentified set of cultural innovations more

a screen capture from the applet "Glyph" with Buginese script

A Citizen Science project seeks criteria to sort letter shapes from various writing systems more

Black Death mortality not as widespread as long thought

Pollen data from 19 modern European countries reveals that parts of Europe experienced negligible or no impact at all more

Rock varnish: depiction of a large, human-like being

Non-destructive method dating petroglyphs in the American West more

Scientific highlights 2021

Many publications by Max Planck scientists in 2021 were of great social relevance or met with a great media response. We have selected 12 articles to present you with an overview of some noteworthy research of the year more

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Ancient DNA reveals origins of the Minoans and Mycenaeans

Common ancestors from Neolithic Western Anatolia and Greece more

A massive migration from the steppe brought Indo-European languages to Europe

4,500 years ago, humans migrated from the Eurasian steppe to Central Europe and thus may have contributed to the spread of the Indo-European languages more

Early human ancestors used their hands like modern humans

Pre-Homo human ancestral species, such as Australopithecus africanus, used human-like hand postures much earlier than was previously thought more

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