New study explores genetic roots of 26 populations from diverse regions and cultures of western South America and Mexico, revealing long-distance connections between speakers of the same language, and new traces of genetic diversity within Amazonia.

Finding one’s way in the rainforest

Human foragers of both sexes use the sun for finding direction from a very young age more

The gentic legacy of Paleo-Eskimos

An ancient population of Arctic hunter-gatherers, known as Paleo-Eskimos, made a significant genetic contribution to populations living in Arctic North America today more


Tackling the paywalls

August 22, 2019

Projekt Deal and Springer Nature reach understanding on world's largest transformative open access agreement.


Brain region for close-up exploration

August 15, 2019

A mouse’s brain creates a multi-sensory impression of the nearby environment


Caterpillars perceive colour through their skin

August 12, 2019

Twig-mimicking caterpillars change their colour depending on the background and move to colour-matching backgrounds


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Videos and Events

Flight and trauma

Video March 15, 2018

Traumatic experiences arising from flight from war zones can lead to distressing symptoms, which impair everyday life.

The school for T Cells

Video August 17, 2017

The lamprey has no thymus gland. Max Planck scientist Thomas Böhm wants to know how it copes with bacteria and viruses.


Video May 04, 2017

In principle, almost any encryption key can be broken - all you need is the right computing power. The situation is different, however, with quantum cryptography. Gerd Leuchs is researching this encryption technology of the future.

Climate: how the earth breathes

Video February 06, 2017

Researchers understand Earth’s climate system very accurately by now. For a long time, however, an important piece of the puzzle remained very elusive - the role played by vegetation and soils.

MaxPlanck-Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology


Interfaces of matter and life are the focus of the new Max Planck Bristol Centre for Minimal Biology. Prof. Imre Berger from Bristol University explains the topic.

From the Institutes

MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Studying animal cognition in the wild more
MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences
Brain maps time sequence of memories more
MPI for Molecular Genetics
What’s important? more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Cooperation with high status individuals may increase one's own status more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
Unexpected nut eating by gorillas more
MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology
How humans and chimpanzees travel towards a goal in rainforests more

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