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Research

Jean-Marc ELALOUF

Speciality: Palaeogenomics. Curator at Atomic Engery and the Musée de l’Homme, Director of Research 

PhD in Natural Science, a specialist in analysing traces in biological samples, he has studied various fields within biology (physiology, neuroscience, genomics) using original methods, one of which was patented, and has published over 60 articles in international peer-reviewed journals. His expertise in DNA analysis led him to join the multidisciplinary team tasked with the scientific study of Chauvet Cave to examine the genetic material in archaeological samples.

Head of studies on ancient ADN (Palaeogenomics) in the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave. These studies successfully defined the complete mitochondrial genome of the cave bear, an extinct species whose DNA was analysed from several bones over 30,000 years old. Jean-Marc Elalouf and his team's current work is related to the genome and diet of wolves in Chauvet Cave.

Contributions

Cave Bears,The Wolf,Wolf Coprolites