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PhD student in palaeogenomics. Curator at Atomic Energy and the Musée de l’Homme.

Pauline holds a degree in Biology and Health from the University of Versailles-Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, and a Master's degree in Genetics from the University of Orsay, and is studying for her PhD in Biology under Jean-Marc Elalouf at the CEA in Saclay. Her thesis is about the genome and diet of carnivores in the Pleistocene, which she decodes by analysing genetic material from archaeological samples by means of new DNA sequencing technologies.

Her work at the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc Cave relates to canines, whose genome she is studying, and their diet, for which she analyses fossilised excrement (coprolites). Canine coprolites are present in the deepest sections of the cave (the Candle Chamber, Hillaire Chamber, the Latticework Gallery), some of which are sufficiently well-preserved for a palaeogenomic study.


The Wolf,Wolf Coprolites