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Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

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The Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology (Max-Planck-Institut für evolutionäre Anthropologie, shortened to MPI EVA) is a research institute based in Leipzig, Germany, that was founded in 1997. It is part of the Max Planck Society network. Well-known scientists currently based at the institute include founding director Svante Pääbo and Johannes Krause (genetics), Christophe Boesch (primatology), Jean-Jacques Hublin (human evolution), Richard McElreath (evolutionary ecology), and Russell Gray (linguistic and cultural evolution). The institute comprises six departments, several Research Groups, and The Leipzig School of Human Origins. Currently, approximately 375 people are employed at the institute. The former department of Linguistics, which existed from 1998 to 2015, was closed in May 2015, upon the retirement of its director, Bernard Comrie. The former department of Developmental and Comparative Psychology operated from 1998 to 2018 under director Michael Tomasello. Department of Archeogenetics (Johannes Krause) Department of Comparative Cultural Psychology (Daniel Haun) Department of Evolutionary Genetics (Svante Pääbo) Neandertals and More (Svante Pääbo) Human Population History (Mark Stoneking) The Minerva Research Group for Bioinformatics (Janet Kelso) Advanced DNA sequencing techniques (Matthias Meyer) Max Planck Research Group on Single Cell Genomics (Barbara Treutlein) Genetic Diversity through Space and Time (Ben Peter) Department of Human Behavior, Ecology and Culture (Richard McElreath) Comparative Behavioral Ecology Theory in Cultural Evolution Lab Taï Chimpanzee Project (Roman Wittig) ERC - Ape Attachment Project (Catherine Crockford) Evolution of Brain Connectivity Department of Human Evolution (Jean-Jacques Hublin) Department of Linguistic and Cultural Evolution (Russell Gray) In July 2006, the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology and 454 Life Sciences announced that they would be sequencing the Neanderthal genome.
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