Scientific advisers

Prof. Tom Higham is a radiocarbon expert, Director of the Oxford Accelerator Unit (ORAU) at the University of Oxford. FINDER samples are carbon dated at the ORAU. Tom is member of the Denisova team, he co-designed and funded (via his PalaeoChron Project) the pilot study that led to the conception of FINDER.

Tom Higham, in his native New Zealand

Prof. Svante Pääbo is the Director of the Department of Evolutionary Genetics at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany. Svante’s research group were the first to discover Denisovans on the basis of ancient DNA analysis. Fossil bones discovered by FINDER will be genetically analysed at Svante’s Department with the involvement of FINDER members.

Svante Pääbo, FINDER’s scientific adviser on ancient DNA

Prof. Matthew Collins, the Niels Bohr Professor at the University of Copenhagen and Professor of Archaeology at the University of York, specialises in the study of ancient proteins. His group has worked extensively on the initial development and further application of peptide mass fingerprinting on archaeological material. Matthew is advising us on technical aspects of ZooMS.

Matthew Collins, specialist on ancient protein degradation