February 28, 2019

Ewen Callaway, at Nature magazine, has written a nice article about current research at Denisova Cave. It includes PalaeoChron's work on ZooMS and discovering the Denisova 11 ("Denny") bone. Samantha Brown features heavily of course! The article also describes the recent chronometric work we published and mentions the new FINDER project of Katerina Douka which is searching for new human remains from across Eurasia. 

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January 31, 2019

As fate would have it, two papers came out from the PalaeoChron team on the same day! The first paper released concerned our work at the Salkhit site in Mongolia. This was led by Thibaut Devièse and Dijendo Massilani (Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology. This work focused on an enigmatic robust hominin cranium from Mongolia (left). We worked on this with our colleague Seonbok Yi from Seoul. We re-dated the specimen to 3...

January 9, 2019

Rachel Hopkins had her viva for DPhil on December 7 at the RLAHA. Her examiners were Prof. Nick Conard (Tübingen University) and Prof. Christopher Ramsey of the RLAHA. We are pleased to say she passed with minor corrections! Rachel's doctorate is entitled "A matter of time: Towards an absolute chronology for the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic biocultural shift along the Danube fluvial corridor". 

From the entire PalaeoChron team, Rachel,...

November 26, 2018

Aditi Dave, one of PalaeoChron's MSc students, now studying at the Max Planck Institute for Chemistry in Mainz for her PhD, was awarded the Nicolas Copernicus prize for the brightest young star at the 15th International Conference on Luminescence and Electron Spin Resonance Dating in Cape Town. She won with her presentation Archaeological and chronological constraints on the contemporaneity of a Mighty River and the Harappans

Aditi w...

November 26, 2018

There has been more coverage of the discovery of Denny, the first generation offspring of a Neanderthal and a Denisovan, in two articles. The first is in the new edition of Scientific American :

Ingenious Method Reveals Precious Human Remains Hidden in Fossil "Junk" by Tom Higham and Katerina Douka.

The article discusses the story of the ZooMS discovery with Samantha Brown, Mike Buckley, Svante Pääbo, Viviane Slon, Michael Shunkov, Ana...

September 6, 2018

We were very excited today see the publication of our Denisova 11 paper in Nature, and the beautiful cover art that accompanied it. 

The cover art was conceived during the final submission of the revised paper. All accepted Nature articles are invited to consider possible cover photographs or designs, and encouraged to submit them. We decided to work with our colleague Annette Günzel, a brilliant graphic designer and artist, on this. S...

July 11, 2018

Tom, Marine and Sam undertook fieldwork in the Transbaikal region of Russia in late June, visiting sites across the region to the east of the great lake. Following this the team returned to Ulan-Ude, then Novosibirsk and finally to Denisova cave for another conference on human origins. (see picture below). 

Our amazing accommodation in Novaya-Bryan, with a perfect and protective roof. 

 At Okhladnikov Cave. 

May 25, 2018

Ludovic Slimak (CNRS, Toulouse) visited with a film crew from ARTE (France) to film the radiocarbon laboratory for a forthcoming documentary on the important archaeological site of Grotte Mandrin (Rhône valley). Recent discoveries of human remains have led to more AMS dating through the PalaeoChron project using single amino acid methods. Below Tom and Ludovic examine some of the dated material during the filming. There is a teaser to...

October 27, 2017

 The PalaeoChron team has been hard at work writing up papers concerning some of our project results. In early October our PNAS paper on the Vindija Neanderthals came out. Spearheaded by Thibaut Devièse the paper describes new AMS dates obtained using our hydroxyproline extraction (HYP) which produced much older dates than previously. We also described using ZooMS to find a new Neanderthal bone fragment. The paper was reviewed in PNAS...

September 21, 2017

The PalaeoChron team is at ESHE this week for the 7th meeting of this society. We were excited to learn that all of our team has been given podium presentations. The full list of papers and presenters is : 

  • Marine Frouin, Jean-Luc Schwenninger, Katerina Douka, Lorena Becerra-Valdivia, Thibaut Devièse, Thomas Higham, Lucy Farr, Tim Reynolds, Christopher Hunt, Graeme Barker. A chronological framework for Shanidar Cave (Iraq) based on...

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