How the ZooMS Method Works

  • How the ZooMS Method Works

Winner, BioImages 2019 Natural Science Illustration Citation of Merit

Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry (ZooMS) helps scientists identify who the bone fragments found at archaeological sites belonged to – Humans? Bears? Horses? – by analyzing the bone’s unique collagen fingerprint.

Oh and it uses a laser. Because science is awesome.

Illustration for Scientific American: Higham T, Douka K. Needle in the Haystack. Sci Am. 2018;319(6):44.