Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History   link
Location: Jena - Thüringen
Kahlaische Str. 10, 07745 Jena

Affiliation: Max Plank Society

Biologists, historians, linguists and social scientists at the 2014 newly established institute work together on the development of innovative language documentation procedures, global linguistic and cultural databases, and analytical processes that link evolutionary theories and modern computational methods. They use state-of-the-art methods from the field of biomolecular science, such as, for example genome-wide DNA sequencing, to obtain detailed information from minute samples about genetic relationships, geographical origins, selection processes, and the genetic structures of extinct human, plant, animal and even pathogenic organisms. This thoroughly integrated, interdisciplinary approach will allow long-standing questions about human history that were previously deemed difficult, or even completely intractable, to be resolved.



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