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Frido WelkerFrido Welker

Frido Welker is a postdoctoral researcher in the Department of Human Evolution at the Max-Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany).

His research focuses on the analysis of ancient proteins, specifically those of (extinct) Pleistocene hominins. Frido has worked extensively on furthering de novo/error-tolerant proteomics, which is of interest to palaeontology and palaeoanthropology. Concerning hominins, his research emphasizes the importance of understanding protein contamination of exogenous sources (including humans). Finally, Frido studies the biological attribution of hominin populations occurring prior, during and after the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic “transition” in Europe, and beyond, through large-scale ZooMS (Zooarchaeology by Mass Spectrometry) screening of morphologically unidentified bone specimens. The application of ZooMS will allow the taxonomic identification of hominin remains critical to our temporal, behavioural and biological understanding of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition, as his doctoral dissertation demonstrated. He is responsible for the palaeoproteomic research carried out within the Department of Human Evolution.



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