Samantha is a PhD student for the FINDER project at the Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History. FINDER, which stands for Fossil Fingerprinting and Identification of New Denisovan Remains from Pleistocene Asia, aims to identify hominin remains among fragmented bones from key archaeological sites. The project will have a particular focus on the discovery of Denisovan remains, known only from the remains of three teeth and one tiny bone. The identification of these remains will be completed through a combination of techniques including ZooMS collagen fingerprinting, radiocarbon dating, stable isotope analysis, and ancient DNA.
Samantha received her BA in Archaeology from the University of Melbourne and her MSc in Archaeological Sciences from the University of Oxford. Her MSc research focused on the use of ZooMS collagen fingerprinting to identify hominin fragments from Denisova Cave in the Altai Mountains.
Published MSc Research
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: 23559