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First insights into the genetic bottleneck characterizing early sheep husbandry in the Neolithic period

13. April 2024 | Obermesopotamien | Research in the spotlight

Staatssammlung für Paläoanatomie München:Mitogenetic diversity of sheep did not decline in the Anatolian distribution area of wild sheep when sheep husbandry developed in the early Neolithic c. 10,000 years ago, as previously assumed. SNSB and LMU zooarchaeologist Prof. Joris Peters and collaborators could show that matrilineal diversity remained high during the first 1,000 years of […]

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More complex than previously thought: The history of fallow deer translocations dates back to the Neolithic Age

25. February 2024 | Research in the spotlight

The new study provides deep insights into the shared past of fallow deer and humans and their role in human societies. Using DNA analyses, the researchers can show for the first time where past and present fallow deer populations originated and where they spread with human involvement and settled permanently under their protection. More than […]

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Baboons in captivity in Ancient Egypt: insights from a collection of mummies

17. January 2024 | Research in the spotlight

Skeletal pathologies in ancient Egyptian baboon mummies suggest health problems due to inadequate nutrition and chronic lack of sunlight. An international team led by the Belgian archaeozoologist Prof. Wim van Neer from the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences examined baboon mummies from Ancient Egypt, around 3,000 years old. Apparently, the animals suffered from various […]

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From passerine birds to cranes – Neolithic bird hunting in Upper Mesopotamia

18. October 2023 | Research in the spotlight

Birds were an important source of food for hunter-gatherer communities in Upper Mesopotamia at the beginning of the Neolithic period, around 9,000 years BCE. This is shown in a new study by SNSB and LMU archaeozoologists Dr. Nadja Pöllath and Prof. Dr. Joris Peters.

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Romans brought mules with them

14. June 2022 | Research in the spotlight

Genetic analyses by an international team involving researchers from the Bavarian State Collection for Paleoanatomy an the LMU Munich show that the Romans were the first to bring mules to Central Europe. Before horses were the only riding animals used by people there.

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Major new international research reveals new evidence about when, where, and how chickens were domesticated

7. June 2022 | Research in the spotlight

New research transforms our understanding of the circumstances and timing of the domestication of chickens, their spread across Asia into the west, and reveals the changing way in which they were perceived in societies over the past 3,500 years. Experts have found that an association with rice farming likely started a process that has led to chickens becoming one of the world’s most numerous animals.

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The Great Ditch and the Many Shafts. Archaeozoology of Medieval Munich

23. February 2022 | Research in the spotlight

The excavations on the “Marienhof” in Munich behind the city hall represent the largest archaeological procedure in the old town of Munich to date.

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“Kungas” – the Oldest Equine Hybrids

18. January 2022 | Research in the spotlight

The Sumerians evidently used horse-like animals in their war campaigns as early as 4,500 years ago.

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Detecting the Problems of Neolithic Sheep Farmers

1. January 2022 | Research in the spotlight

The study of the remains of unborn and newborn lambs shows researchers the fundamental problems our ancestors had to face in keeping sheep during the early Neolithic period (about 10,000 years ago).

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Looking Over the Shoulders of Early Neolithic Hunters …

16. December 2021 | Research in the spotlight

A very special finding is the upper arm bone of an aurochs cow with a bullet wound – found in the backfill layers of one of the monumental complexes at Göbekli Tepe, southeastern Anatolia (Turkey).

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