Microstratigraphic preservation of ancient hominin and faunal DNA in Pleistocene cave sediments

PNAS 119 (1) e2113666118; 2022

Massilani D., Morley M., Mentzer S., Aldeias V., Vernot B., Miller C., Stahlschmidt M., Kozlikin M.B., Shunkov M.V., Derevianko A.P., Conard N.J., Wurz S., Henshilwood C.S., Vasquez J., Essel E., Nagel S., Richter J., Nickel B., Roberts R.G., Pääbo S., Slon V., Goldberg P. and Meyer M.


Earliest evidence for Denisovans identified using peptide mass fingerprinting and mitochondrial DNA analysis

Nat Ecol Evol 6, pp. 28-35; 2021

Brown S*., Massilani D*., Kozlikin M.B., Shunkov M.V., Derevianko A.P., Stoessel A., Jope-Street B., Meyer M., Kelso J., Pääbo S., Higham T. and Douka K.
*co-first author


Earliest known human burial in Africa

Nature 593, pp. 95-100; 2021

Martinón-Torres M., d’Errico F., Santos E., Álvaro Gallo A., Amano N., Archer W., Armitage S.J., Arsuaga J.L., Bermúdez de Castro J.M., Blinkhorn J., Crowther A., Douka K., Dubernet S., Faulkner P., Fernández-Colón P., Kourampas N., González García J., Larreina D., Le Bourdonnec F.X., MacLeod G., Martín-Francés L., Massilani D., Mercader J., Miller J.M., Ndiema E., Notario B., Pitarch Martí A., Prendergast M.E., Queffelec A., Rigaud S., Roberts P., Javad Shoaee M., Shipton C., Simpson C., Boivin N. and Petraglia M.D.


Denisovan ancestry and population history of early East Asians

Science 370, Issue 6516, pp.579-583; 2020

Massilani D., Skov L., Hajdinjak M., Gunchinsuren B., Tseveendorj D., Yi S., Lee J., Nagel S., Nickel B., Devièse T., Higham T., Meyer M., Kelso J., Peter B.M. and Pääbo S.


Denisovan DNA in Late Pleistocene sediments from Baishiya Karst Cave on the Tibetan Plateau

Science 370, Issue 6516, pp.584-587 ; 2020

Zhang D., Xia H., Chen F., Li B., Slon V., Cheng T., Yang R., Jacobs Z., Dai Q., Massilani D., Shen X., Wang J., Feng X., Cao P., Yang M.A., Yao J., Yang J., Madsen D.B., Han Y., Ping W., Liu F., Perreault C., Chen X., Meyer M., Kelso J., Pääbo S. and Fu Q.;


Compound-specific radiocarbon dating and mitochondrial DNA analysis of the Pleistocene hominin from Salkhit Mongolia

Nature Communication 10, 274 ; 2019

Deviese T*., Massilani D*., Yi S., Comeskey D., Nagel S., Nickel B., Ribechini E., Lee J., Tseveendorj D., Guncchinsuren B., Meyer M., Pääbo S. and Higham T.
*co-first author


Past climate changes, population dynamics and the origin of Bison in Europe

BMC Biology 14, 93 ; 2016

Massilani D*., Guimaraes S*., Brugal J.-P., Bennett E.A., Tokarska M., Arbogast R.M., Baryshnikov G., Boeskorov G., Castel J.C., Davydov S., Madelaine S., Putelat O., Spasskaya N.N., Uerpmann H.P., Grange T. and Geigl E.M.
*co-first author


Analysis of ancient DNA in microbial ecology

Methods in Molecular Biology 1399, pp.289-315, 2016

Gorgé O., Bennett E.A., Massilani D., Daligault J., Geigl E.M. and Grange T.


Library construction for ancient genomics: single strand or double strand?

Biotechniques 56, 6 ; 2014

Bennett E.A, Massilani D., Lizzo G, Daligault J., Geigl E.M. and Grange T.


Book Chapters

Les restes humains fossiles de la grotte du Lazaret

CNRS EDITIONS, 978-2-271-12018-2, 2018

Massilani D., De Lumley H. and Pääbo S.


La domestication retracée par l’ADN ancien

Biofutur 349, pp.36-39, 2013

Pruvost M., Massilani D. and Geigl E.M.

Sur les pas de nos cousins les Dénisoviens

La Recherche N°570, pp.24-28, 2022

Massilani D. and Peyrégne S.


Ten New Things We Learned About Human Origins in 2020

Human population boom may have doomed Madagascar’s giant animals

The top 10 discoveries about ancient people from DNA in 2022 by John Hawks

Evolutionary genetics and ancient DNA expert Diyendo Massilani joins Yale Genetics

The Conversation: Digging deep: DNA molecules in ancient dirt offer a treasure trove of clues to our past

WIRED: Africa’s Oldest DNA Is Helping Address Science’s Racial Bias

Nature, expert opinion: Ancient DNA illuminates how humans travelled and interacted in Stone Age Africa

SYFY : There’s Neanderthal DNA in fossil dirt and now scientist know how to find it

Technology Network: Molecular analysis reveal oldest Denisovan fossils yet found

Scientific American : The Denisovans Expand Their Range into China

Science : DNA tracks mysterious Denisovans to Chinese Cave, just before modern humans arrived nearby

Spektrum : Denisovaner im Nebel

Gabon Media time : Le Gabonais Dr. Diyendo Massilani intègre le département génétique de Yale