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October 16, 2012

The evolution of mortality

During the last 100 years there has been a far greater drop in human mortality than there was when humans evolved from wild chimpanzees. Scientists at the MPIDR have now published striking evidence of how unusual this recent reduction is. more

September 06, 2012

Advanced maternal age not harmful for adult children

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Previously existing ideas on how advanced maternal age affects adult health of children have to be reconsidered find MPIDR researchers. more

June 25, 2012

You are where you e-mail: Global migration trends discovered in e-mail data

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MPIDR scientist discovers unseen global migration in e-mail flows and makes U.S. emigration visible for the first time. more

September 02, 2011

1.6 Children per Woman

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MPIDR scientists for the first time present corrected birth rates for Germany that are considerably higher than the official figures. more

August 18, 2011

Evidence for long term historic trend: Boys reach sexual maturity younger and younger

The time period during which young people are sexually mature but socially not yet considered adults is expanding. more

March 18, 2011

Species Protection: Max Planck researchers urge more prominent role for zoos

Zoological gardens breed animals from threatened populations and can thus make a greater contribution towards biodiversity conservation. more

October 26, 2010

The Russian mortality crisis

The Max Planck Institute for Demographic Research (MPIDR) in Rostock is one of the leading demographic research centers in the world. It's part of the Max Planck Society, the internationally renowned German research society.