News

Higham Lab features on the best of CBC’s Quirks and Quarks science programme

27 August 2022

The story of how Homo sapiens moved into Europe often speaks about a swift replacement of the Neanderthals, but this is being challenged by exciting new evidence. Tom Higham was part of a team that undertook research on a key cave dwelling in France, and found that it was alternately occupied by Neanderthals and humans over thousands of years. The findings were published in the journal Science Advances, and have new light on the story of early humans in Europe.

ORF news article 'On the trail of the inner Neanderthal'

16 August 2022

Austrian national broadcaster ORF ran a story on our research exploring the archaeological record of early humans and what traces are left from the genes of Neanderthals and Denisovans. For example, Neanderthal DNA can influence whether someone has addictive behaviours or or is a morning or evening person. The ancient genome also provides insights into the social life of these early ancestors.

What motivates Tom Higham and Katerina Douka?

5 May 2022

Watch the Rudolphina video to find out!

What ancient genes tell us about who we are

4 May 2022

A new article about Tom and Katerina in the University of Vienna’s science magazine “Rudolphina” covers their approach to solve the great mystery of human evolution: Why are we the only humans left?

Tom Higham in an interview with VISÃO

24 March 2022

Tom Higham is featured in this months edition of the popular Portuguese magazine Visão. The article covers the release of the Portuguese edition of his book The World Before Us (“O Mundo antes de Nós – Como a Ciência Está a Descobrir uma Nova História para as Origens Humanas“) on March 24.

Our Early Denisovans and their lithics made the Jan Nature Ecology and Evolution front cover!

12 January 2022

Newly discovered hominin bone fragments from Denisova Cave in Siberia are the earliest dated evidence for the Denisovan lineage, and some of the oldest human fossils ever genetically sequenced! Our team, led by Assistant Professor Katerina Douka and Dr Samantha Brown, used ‘ZooMS’ (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectroscopy) to analyse ancient proteins in 3,791 tiny bone fragments extracted from the site’s oldest layers. They found 5 tiny bones, three of which turned out to be Denisovans and one a Neanderthal! 

Outreach: Tom Higham featured in Viennese science magazine "Wien Wissen"

16 December 2021

On four pages, the article describes “The World Before Us” and our research on dating and sequencing our ancestors’ remains, including Denny’s.

 

Moving to Vienna!

1 August 2021

After 20 years at the University of Oxford I’ve moved to Vienna to take up a role at the University of Vienna’s Department of Evolutionary Anthropology. I’m really delighted that, along with my wife, Assistant Professor Katerina Douka, we can now work in the brand new Biology Building, and develop new and novel approaches to studying the past using biomolecular methods. We are setting up new radiocarbon and proteomics preparative laboratories in Vienna, so keep watching this space!