In PalaeoChron, and our previous projects, we are keen to publish our work in scientific journals. This work was produced thanks to funding received from the European Research Council under the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) / ERC grant agreement n° [324139]. For the full list of publications also check our team members separate webpages.


Below is a selection of recent papers related to Palaeolithic chronology building in which our group has led or contributed to:


  • Douka, K., Slon, V., Jacobs, Z., Bronk Ramsey, C., Shunkov, M.V., Derevianko, A.P., Mafessoni, F., Kozlikin, M.B., Li, B., Kinsley, L., Comeskey, D.C., Devièse, T., Brown, S., Viola, B., Grün, R., Buckley, M., Meyer, M., Roberts, R.G., Pääbo, S., Kelso, J. and Higham, T.F.G. 2019. Age estimates for hominin fossils an the onset of the Upper Palaeolithic at Denisova Cave. Nature 565: 640–644. Link.

  • Devièse, T., Massilani, D., Seonbok Yi, Comeskey, D., Nagel, S., Nickel, B., Ribechini, E., Jungeun Lee, Tseveedorj, D., Gunchinsuren, B., Meyer, M,. Pääbo, S. and Higham, T. 2019. Compound-specific radiocarbon dating and mitochondrial DNA analysis of the Pleistocene hominin from Salkhit Mongolia. Nature Communications  10:274 | Link.


  • Dinnis, R., Bessudnov, A., Reynolds, N., Devièse, T., Pate, A., Sablin, M., Sinitsyn, A. and Higham, T. 2018. New data for the Early Upper Paleolithic of Kostenki (Russia). Journal of Human Evolution 127, February 2019, Pages 21-40. Link.

  • Higham, T. and Douka, K. 2018. Needle in the Haystack. Scientific American 319(6): 40-47. Link.

  • McColl H, Racimo F, Vinner L, Demeter F, Gakuhari T, Moreno-Mayar JV, van Driem G, Gram Wilken U, Seguin-Orlando A, de la Fuente Castro C, Wasef S, Shoocongdej R, Souksavatdy V, Sayavongkhamdy T, Saidin MM, Allentoft ME, Sato T, Malaspinas A-S, Aghakhanian FA, Korneliussen T, Prohaska A, Margaryan A, de Barros Damgaard P, Kaewsutthi S, Lertrit P, Nguyen TMH, Hung H-c, Minh Tran T, Nghia Truong H, Nguyen GH, Shahidan S, Wiradnyana K, Matsumae H, Shigehara N, Yoneda M, Ishida H, Masuyama T, Yamada Y, Tajima A, Shibata H, Toyoda A, Hanihara T, Nakagome S, Devièse T, Bacon A-M, Duringer P, Ponche J-L, Shackelford L, Patole-Edoumba E, Nguyen AT, Bellina-Pryce B, Galipaud J-C, Kinaston R, Buckley H, Pottier C, Rasmussen S, Higham T, Foley RA, Lahr MM, Orlando L, Sikora M, Phipps ME, Oota H, Higham C, Lambert DM and Willerslev E (2018). "The prehistoric peopling of Southeast Asia." Science 361(6397):88-92 Link.

  • Devièse T, Stafford TW, Waters MR, Wathen C, Comeskey D, Becerra-Valdivia L and Higham T. (2018). "Increasing accuracy for the radiocarbon dating of sites occupied by the first Americans." Quaternary Science Reviews 198:171-180. Link.

  • Moreno-Mayar JV, Vinner L, de Barros Damgaard P, de la Fuente C, Chan J, Spence JP, Allentoft ME, Vimala T, Racimo F, Pinotti T, Rasmussen S, Pedersen MW, Margaryan A, Orbegozo MI, Milopotamitaki D, Wooller M, Bataille C, Becerra-Valdivia L, Chivall D, Comeskey D, Devièse T, Grayson DK, George L, Harry H, Alexandersen V, Primeau C, Connolly TJ, Endzweig P, Erlandson J, Jenkins D, Stafford Jr T, Cybulski J, Vullo C, Morello F, Vilar M, Wells S, Gregersen K, Lykke Hansen K, Lynnerup N, Mirazón Lahr M, Kjær K, Strauss A, Alfonso-Durruty M, Salas A, Schroeder H, Higham T, Malhi RS, Rasic JT, Souza L, Santos FR, Malaspinas AS, Sikora M, Nielsen R, Song YS, Meltzer DJ and Willerslev E “Early human dispersals within the Americas” Science eaav2621. Link.

  • Kosintsev P, Mitchell KJ, Devièse T, van der Plicht J, Kuitems M, Petrova E, Tikhonov A, Higham T, Comeskey D, Turney C, Cooper A, van Kolfschoten T, StuarT AJ and Lister AM (2018) " Evolution and extinction of the giant rhinoceros Elasmotherium sibiricum sheds light on late Quaternary megafaunal extinctions" Nature Ecology & Evolution doi: 10.1038/s41559-018-0722-0. Link.

  • Slon, V., Mafessoni, F., Vernot, B., de Filippo, C., Grote, S., Viola, B., Hajdinjak, M., Peyrégne, S., Nagel, S., Brown, S., Douka, K., Higham, T., Kozlikin, M.B., Shunkov, M.V., Derevianko, A.P., Kelso, J., Meyer, M., Prüfer, K. and Pääbo, S. 2018. The genome of the offspring of a Neanderthal/ mother and a Denisovan father. Nature 561(7721): 113–116.  Link.

  • Jacob, E., Querci, D., Caparros, M., Barroso Ruiz, C., Higham, T.F.G., Devièse, T. 2018. Nitrogen content variation in archaeological bone and its implications for stable isotope analysis and radiocarbon dating. Journal of Archaeological Science 93: 68–73. Link.

  • Becerra-Valdivia, L., Waters, M.R., Stafford Jr. T.W., Comeskey, D., Devièse, T. and Higham, T.F.G. 2018. Reassessing the chronology of the archaeological site of Anzick. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America

  • Devièse, T., Comeskey, D., McCullagh, J., Bronk Ramsey, C. and Higham, T.F.G. 2018. New protocol for compound specific radiocarbon analysis of archaeological bones. Rapid Communications in Mass Spectrometry 32: 373-79. Link


  • Bae, C.J., Douka, K. and Petraglia, M.D. 20017. On the origin of modern humans: Asian perspectives. Science 358: 6368, eaai9067 DOI: 10.1126/science.aai9067. Link.

  • Reynolds, N., Dinnis, R., Bessudnov, A.A., Devièse, T. and Higham, T.F.G. 2017. The Kostënki 18 child burial and the cultural and funerary landscape of Mid Upper Palaeolithic European Russia. Antiquity 91 (360): 1435-1450 Link.

  • Bae, C.J., Douka, K. and Petraglia, M.D. 2017. Human Colonization of Asia in the Late Pleistocene: An Introduction to Supplement 17. Current Anthropology 58 (Supp. 17), DOI: 10.1086/694420. Link.

  • Sikora, M., Seguin-Orlando, A., Sousa, VC,  Albrechtsen, A., Korneliussen, T., Ko, A., Rasmussen, S., Dupanloup, I., Nigst, PR., Bosch, MD., Renaud, G., Allentoft, ME., Margaryan, A., Vasilyev, SV., Veselovskaya, EV., Borutskaya, SB., Deviese, T., Comeskey, D., Higham, T., Manica, A., Foley, R., Meltzer DJ., Nielsen, R., Excoffier, L., Mirazon Lahr, M., Orlando, L. and Willerslev, E. 2017. Ancient genomes show social and reproductive behavior of early Upper Paleolithic foragers. Science 05 Oct 2017:eaao1807 DOI: 10.1126/science.aao1807. Link.

  • Devièse,T,  Karavanić, I.,  Comeskey, D., Kubiak, C.,  Korlević, P.,  Hajdinjak, M., Radović, S., Procopio, N., Buckley, M., Pääbo, S and Higham, T. 2017. Direct dating of Neanderthal remains from the site of Vindija Cave and implications for the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (USA) 114: No 40: 10606–10611  Link.

  • Lorena Becerra-Valdivia, Katerina Douka, Daniel Comeskey, Behrouz Bazgir, Nicholas J. Conard, Curtis W. Marean, Andreu Ollé, Marcel Otte, Laxmi Tumung, Mohsen Zeidi, Thomas F.G. Higham. 2017. Chronometric investigations of the Middle to Upper Paleolithic transition in the Zagros Mountains using AMS radiocarbon dating and Bayesian age modelling. Journal of Human Evolution, Volume 109, August 2017, Pages 57-69. Link.

  • Frouin, M., Lahaye, C., Valladas, H., Higham, T.,  Debénath, A. Delagnes, A., and Mercier, N. 2017. Dating the Middle Paleolithic deposits of La Quina Amont (Charente, France) using luminescence methods. Journal of Human Evolution 109, August 2017, Pages 30-45. Link.

  • Higham, T. F. G.  & Godfrey S. Heep. 2017. Reply to: ‘In the eye of the beholder: contextual issues for Bayesian modelling at the Middle-to-Upper Palaeolithic transition’, by Discamps, Gravina and Teyssandier (2015). World Archaeology Pages 1-8 | Published online: 07 Jun 2017. Link.

  • Douka, K., Slon, V., Stringer, C., Potts, R., Hübner, A., Meyer, M., Spoor, F., Pääbo, S. & Higham, T. 2017. Direct radiocarbon dating and DNA analysis of the Darra-i-Kur (Afghanistan) human temporal bone. Journal of Human Evolution 107, 86-93.

  • Marine Frouin, Guillaume Guérin, Christelle Lahaye, Norbert Mercier, Sébastien Huot, Vera Aldeias, Laurent Bruxelles, Laurent Chiotti, Harold L. Dibble, Paul Goldberg, Stéphane Madelaine, Shannon J.P. McPherron, Dennis Sandgathe, Teresa E. Steele, Alain Turq, New luminescence dating results based on polymineral fine grains from the Middle and Upper Palaeolithic site of La Ferrassie (Dordogne, SW France). Quaternary Geochronology, Available online 23 February 2017. Link.

  • Bourrillon, R. White, R., Tartar, E., Chiotti, L., Mensan, R., Clark, A. Castel, J.-C., Cretin, C., Higham, T., Morala, A., Ranlett, S., Sisk, M., Devièse, T. and Comeskey, D.J. 2017. A new Aurignacian engraving from Abri Blanchard, France: Implications for understanding Aurignacian graphic expression in Western and Central Europe. Quaternary International, online. Link.

  • Proctor, C., Douka, K., Proctor, J and Higham, T.F.G. 2017. The Age and Context of the KC4 Maxilla, Kent’s Cavern, UK. European Journal of Archaeology 20 (1) 2017, 74–97. Link.


  • Pleurdeau, D., Moncel, M-H., Pinhasi, R., Yeshurun, R., Higham, T.F.G., Agapishvili, T., Bokeria, M., Muskhelishvili, A., Le Bourdonnec, F-X., Nomade, S., Poupeau, G., Bocherens, H., Frouin, M., Genty, D., Pierre, M., Pons-Branchu, E., Lordkipanidze, D. and Tushabramishvili, N. 2016. Bondi Cave and the Middle-Upper Palaeolithic transition in western Georgia (south Caucasus). Quaternary Science Reviews 146: 77-98. Link.

  • Wood, R.,  Bernaldo de Quirós, F., Maíllo-Fernández, J-M, Tejero J.M., Neira, A. and Higham, T.F.G. 2016. El Castillo (Cantabria, northern Iberia) and the Transitional Aurignacian: Using radiocarbon dating to assess site taphonomy. Quaternary International in press and online DOI doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2016.03.005 Link


  • Brown, S., Higham, T., Slon, V., Pääbo, S., Meyer, M., Douka, K., Brock, F., Comeskey, D., Procopio, N., Shunkov, M., Derevianko, A.  & Buckley, M. 2016. Identification of a new hominin bone from Denisova Cave, Siberia using collagen fingerprinting and mitochondrial DNA analysis. Scientific Reports 6, Article number: 23559 (2016) doi:10.1038/srep23559. Link.


  • Reynolds, N., Lisitsyn, S.N., Sablin, M.V., Barton, N. and Higham, T.F.G. 2015. Chronology of the European Russian Gravettian: New radiocarbon dating results and interpretation. Quartär 62: 121-132. Link.



  • Qiaomei Fu, Heng Li, Moorjani, P., Jay, F., Slepchenko, S.M., Bondarev, A.A., Johnson, P.L.F., Petri, A.A., Prüfer, K., de Filippo, C., Meyer, M., Zwyns, N., Salazar-Garcia, D.C., Kuzmin, Y.V., Keates, S.G., Kosintsev, P.A., Razhev, D.I., Richards, M.P., Peristov, N.V., Lachmann, M., Douka, K., Higham, T.F.G., Slatkin, M., Hublin, J-J., Reich, D., Kelso, J., Viola, T.B. and Pääbo, S. 2014. The genome sequence of a 45,000-year-old modern human from western Siberia. Nature 514: 445–449. Link.


  • Higham, T.F.G., Douka, K., Wood, R., Bronk Ramsey, C., Brock, F., Basell, L., Camps, M., Arrizabalaga, A., Baena, J., Barroso-Ruíz, C., Bergman, C., Boitard, C., Boscato, P., Caparrós, M., Conard, N.J., Draily, C., Froment, A., Galván, B., Gambassini, P.,  Garcia-Moreno, A., Grimaldi, S., Haesaerts, P., Holt, B., Iriarte-Chiapusso, M-J., Jelinek, A., Jordá Pardo, J.F., Maíllo-Fernández, J-M., Marom, A., Maroto, J.,  Menéndez, M., Metz, L., Morin, E., Moroni, A., Negrino, F., Panagopoulou, E., Peresani, M., Pirson, S., de la Rasilla, M., Riel-Salvatore, J., Ronchitelli, A., Santamaria, D., Semal, P., Slimak, L., Soler, J., Soler, N., Villaluenga, A., Pinhasi, R. and Roger Jacobi. 2014. The timing and spatio-temporal patterning of Neanderthal disappearance. Nature 512, 306–309. Link.


  • Higham, T.F.G., Compton, T., Stringer, C., Jacobi, R., Shapiro, B., Trinkaus, E., Chandler, B., Gröning, F., Collins, C., Hillson, S., O’Higgins, P., FitzGerald, C., Fagan, M. 2011. The earliest evidence for anatomically modern humans in northwestern Europe. Nature 479 (7374): 521-4. Link.


  • Benazzi, S., Douka, K., Fornai, C., Bauer, C.C., Kullmer, O., Svoboda, J., Pap, I., Mallegni, F., Bayle, P., Coquerelle, M., Condemi, S., Ronchitelli, A., Harvati, K. and Weber, G.W. 2011. Early dispersal of modern humans in Europe and implications for Neanderthal behaviour. Nature 479 (7374): 525-528. Link.


  • Douka, K., Grün, R., Jacobs, Z., Lane, C., Farr, L., Hunt, C., Inglis, R.H., Reynolds, T., Albert, P., Aubert, M., Cullen, V., Hill, E., Kinsley, L., Roberts, R.G., Tomlinson, E.L., Wulf, S., Barker, G. 2014. The chronostratigraphy of the Haua Fteah cave (Cyrenaica, northeast Libya). Journal of Human Evolution 66, 39–63. Link.


  • Douka, K., Higham, T.F.G., Wood, R., Boscato, P., Gambassini, P., Karkanas, P., Peresani, M., Ronchitelli, A. 2014. On the chronology of the Uluzzian, Journal of Human Evolution 68: 1-13.​ Link.


  • Marom, A., McCullagh, J.S.O., Higham, T.F.G. and Hedges, R.E.M. 2013. Hydroxyproline dating: experiments on the 14C analysis of contaminated and low-collagen bones. Radiocarbon 55, 2-3:,698-708.


  • Douka, K., Bergman, C.A., Hedges, R.E.M., Wesselingh, F.P., Higham, T.F.G. 2013. Chronology of Ksar Akil (Lebanon) and implications for the colonization of Europe by anatomically modern human. PLoS ONE 8(9): e72931.


  • Douka, K. 2013. Exploring “the great wilderness of prehistory”: The chronology of the Middle to the Upper Palaeolithic transition in the northern Levant. Mitteilungen der Gesellschaft für Urgeschichte 22, 11–40.


  • Camps. M and Higham, T.F.G. 2012. New AMS dates for Abric Romani’s earliest Aurignacian. Journal of Human Evolution 62: 89-103.


  • Higham, T.F.G., Basell, L., Jacobi, R.M, Wood, R., Bronk Ramsey, C. and Conard, N.J. 2012. Testing models for the beginnings of the Aurignacian and the advent of figurative art and music: The radiocarbon chronology of Geißenklösterle. Journal of Human Evolution 62 (6): 664-676.


  • Marom, A., McCullagh, J., Higham, T., Sinitsyn, A. and Hedges, R, (2012), Single amino acid radiocarbon dating of Upper Palaeolithic modern humans, PNAS, Early edition,doi:10.1073/pnas.1116328109


  • Wood, R.E., Higham, T.F.G, de Torres, T., Tisnérat-Laborde, N., Valladas, H., Ortiz, J.E., Lalueza-Fox, C., Sánchez-Moral, S., Cañaveras, J.C., Rosas, A., Santamaría, D., de la Rasilla, M. 2012. A new date for the Neanderthals of El Sidrón Cave (Asturias, Northern Spain). Archaeometry 55 (1): 148-158.

  • Douka, K., Grimaldi, S., Boschian, G., del Lucchese, A., Higham, T.F.G. 2012. A new chronostratigraphic framework for the Upper Palaeolithic of Riparo Mochi (Italy). Journal of Human Evolution 62: 286-299.


  • Higham, T.F.G., Jacobi, R.M., Basell, L., Bronk Ramsey, C., Chiotti, L., Nespoulet, R. 2011. Precision dating of the Palaeolithic: A new radiocarbon chronology for the Abri Pataud (France), a key Aurignacian sequence. Journal of Human Evolution 61(5): 549-563.


  • Higham, T.F.G. 2011. European Middle and Upper Palaeolithic radiocarbon dates are often older than they look: problems with previous dates and some remedies. Antiquity 85 (327): 235–249.


  • Higham, T.F.G. et al. 2010. The chronology of the Grotte du Renne (France) and implications for the association of ornaments and human remains within the Châtelperronian. PNAS 107(47): 20234-20239.


  • Higham, T.F.G., Brock, F., Peresani, M., Broglio, A., Wood, R., Douka, K., 2009. Problems with radiocarbon dating the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition in Italy. Quaternary Science Reviews 28:1257-1267.