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MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV
|Coordinator Country||Germany [DE]|
|Total cost||1˙999˙292 €|
|EC max contribution||1˙999˙292 € (100%)|
1. H2020-EU.1.1. (EXCELLENT SCIENCE - European Research Council (ERC))
|Duration (year-month-day)||from 2017-06-01 to 2022-05-31|
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|1||MAX-PLANCK-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FORDERUNG DER WISSENSCHAFTEN EV||DE (Munich)||coordinator||1˙999˙292.00|
Scientific analyses of ancient biomolecules (proteins, DNA, hard tissues) have transformed our knowledge of archaic hominins present in Eurasia prior to the expansion of modern humans from Africa. In 2010, a finger bone discovered in Siberia was assigned using DNA to a new, previously unknown human group, the Denisovans. The Denisovans interbred with both Asian Neanderthals and AMH over the past 100,000 years; their geographic distribution is now thought to have stretched from the Siberian steppes to the tropical forests of SE Asia and Oceania. Despite their broad spatio-temporal range, the Denisovans are only known from 4 tiny bones, all from a single Siberian cave. This patchy knowledge of an entire human population significantly limits our ability to test hypotheses and interpretative models concerning major issues in human evolution, such as the routes and timing of people movements across Asia, the nature and frequency of interaction between archaic indigenous groups and migratory modern humans, the mechanisms leading to the demise of archaic lineages and eventual sole dominance of our species on Earth. This project aims to rectify the dearth of Denisovan fossils by applying a novel combination of cutting-edge scientific methods (collagen fingerprinting, radiocarbon dating and ancient DNA analyses) designed to identify, date and genetically characterize new human fossils, with a particular emphasis on the discovery of Denisovan remains. Instead of only focusing on the few morphologically identifiable human bones, a groundbreaking high-throughput approach will target bulk collections of unidentified bone fragments (n=30,000) from ~20 Asian sites dating to between 100,000-10,000 years. Ultimately, the goal is to expand our understanding of the Denisovans, reveal their geographic range, age, genetic variation and archaeological signature. In addition to solving the puzzles of ancient population history, this research has the potential to decode the patchwork that makes modern humans who we are today, physically, behaviourally and genetically.
|year||authors and title||journal||last update|
Abigail Desmond, Nick Barton, Abdeljalil Bouzouggar, Katerina Douka, Philippe Fernandez, Louise Humphrey, Jacob Morales, Elaine Turner, Michael Buckley
ZooMS identification of bone tools from the North African Later Stone Age
published pages: 149-157, ISSN: 0305-4403, DOI: 10.1016/j.jas.2018.08.012
|Journal of Archaeological Science 98||2020-02-04|
Tom Higham, Katerina Douka
Needle in Haystack
published pages: 40-47, ISSN: , DOI:
|Scientific American 319(6)||2020-02-04|
Oshan Wedage, Noel Amano, Michelle C. Langley, Katerina Douka, James Blinkhorn, Alison Crowther, Siran Deraniyagala, Nikos Kourampas, Ian Simpson, Nimal Perera, Andrea Picin, Nicole Boivin, Michael Petraglia, Patrick Roberts
Specialized rainforest hunting by Homo sapiens ~45,000 years ago
published pages: , ISSN: 2041-1723, DOI: 10.1038/s41467-019-08623-1
|Nature Communications 10/1||2019-09-02|
Katerina Douka, Viviane Slon, Zenobia Jacobs, Christopher Bronk Ramsey, Michael V. Shunkov, Anatoly P. Derevianko, Fabrizio Mafessoni, Maxim B. Kozlikin, Bo Li, Rainer GrÃ¼n, Daniel Comeskey, Thibaut DeviÃ¨se, Samantha Brown, Bence Viola, Leslie Kinsley, Michael Buckley, Matthias Meyer, Richard G. Roberts, Svante PÃ¤Ã¤bo, Janet Kelso, Tom Higham
Age estimates for hominin fossils and the onset of the Upper Palaeolithic at Denisova Cave
published pages: 640-644, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0870-z
Katerina Douka, Samantha Brown, Tom Higham, Svante PÃ¤Ã¤bo, Anatoly Derevianko, Michael Shunkov
FINDER project: collagen fingerprinting (ZooMS) for the identification of new human fossils
published pages: , ISSN: 0003-598X, DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2019.3
Viviane Slon, Fabrizio Mafessoni, Benjamin Vernot, Cesare de Filippo, Steffi Grote, Bence Viola, Mateja Hajdinjak, StÃ©phane PeyrÃ©gne, Sarah Nagel, Samantha Brown, Katerina Douka, Tom Higham, Maxim B. Kozlikin, Michael V. Shunkov, Anatoly P. Derevianko, Janet Kelso, Matthias Meyer, Kay PrÃ¼fer, Svante PÃ¤Ã¤bo
The genome of the offspring of a Neanderthal mother and a Denisovan father
published pages: 113-116, ISSN: 0028-0836, DOI: 10.1038/s41586-018-0455-x
Katerina Douka, Tom Higham
The Chronological Factor in Understanding the Middle and Upper Paleolithic of Eurasia
published pages: S480-S490, ISSN: 0011-3204, DOI: 10.1086/694173
|Current Anthropology 58/S17||2019-02-28|
Christopher J. Bae, Katerina Douka, Michael D. Petraglia
On the origin of modern humans: Asian perspectives
published pages: eaai9067, ISSN: 0036-8075, DOI: 10.1126/science.aai9067
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