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Map of the expansion of Indo-European languages from a source in the highlands of West Asia.

More than 5,000 years ago, Caucasus hunter-gatherers from the highlands between the Black and Caspian Seas traveled west to Anatolia and north to the steppe, splitting their Proto-Indo-European language into two branches. From the steppe, their Yamnaya horse-herder descendants spread their language and genes into daughter languages and cultures across Eurasia. Border colors indicate the geographic origins of five source populations before their migrations (shown by correspondingly colored arrows), while the pie charts show the post-migration admixtures in these regions.

Figure reprinted with permission from I. Lazaridis et al., Science 377:939(2022). 

Research

Ancient DNA sheds new light on the origins of a lingua franca.

8.25.22

Winokur Family Hall, scene of the celebratory science symposium kickoff of the Kempner Institute for the Study of Natural and Artificial Intelligence

Winokur Family Hall, scene of the celebratory science symposium that marked the launch of the Kempner Institute for the Study of Natural and Artificial Intelligence at Harvard University.

Photograph by JS/Harvard Magazine

Launching Harvard’s Kempner Institute

9.23.22

Evan Osnos

Evan Osnos

Photograph by Lisa Abitbol

 A Harvard Magazine Q & A with Evan Osnos ’98, author of Wildland: The Making of America’s Fury

9.13.22

Map of the expansion of Indo-European languages from a source in the highlands of West Asia.

More than 5,000 years ago, Caucasus hunter-gatherers from the highlands between the Black and Caspian Seas traveled west to Anatolia and north to the steppe, splitting their Proto-Indo-European language into two branches. From the steppe, their Yamnaya horse-herder descendants spread their language and genes into daughter languages and cultures across Eurasia. Border colors indicate the geographic origins of five source populations before their migrations (shown by correspondingly colored arrows), while the pie charts show the post-migration admixtures in these regions.

Figure reprinted with permission from I. Lazaridis et al., Science 377:939(2022). 

Ancient DNA sheds new light on the origins of a lingua franca.

8.25.22

The rewilded planter in front of Harvard's Museum of Natural History

The rewilded planter in front of Harvard's Museum of Natural History

Photograph by Kristina DeMichele/Harvard Magazine

Bringing native plant species back to campus.

8.24.22

Charles Berlin in the division's offices, surrounded by shipments of new material
Photograph by Stu Rosner

Charles Berlin and 60 years of collecting for Harvard Library

September-October 2022

Photograph of Milman Parry in Paris, circa 1925-1928

Parry in Paris circa 1925-1928

Photograph courtesy of the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature, Harvard University.

 

Brief life of a Homeric scholar with a big idea: 1902-1935

September-October 2022

Photograph of Phil Baczewki, a long COVID patient

Long COVID patient Phil Baczewki has been “fighting to get to a new normal every day.”

Photograph by Jim Harrison

Trying to understand infections’ persistent effects—and to develop cures

September-October 2022

A $200-million gift for the Salata Institute

September-October 2022