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Frido WelkerFrido Welker

I am a PhD student in the IMPRS - The Leipzig School of Human Origins at the Department of Human Evolution at the MPI for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig (Germany) in collaboration with BioArCh/the Department of Archaeology at the University of York (United Kingdom).

The biological attribution of several late Middle Palaeolithic and early/Initial Upper Palaeolithic technocomplexes remains poorly understood due to the lack of hominin biological remains securely attributed to these technocomplexes. My research focuses on the development of (non-destructive) molecular extraction methods, mainly proteins (such as collagen), in order to taxonomically identify morphologically undiagnostic and fragmentary bone specimens (ZooMS for collagen). The application of these methods will allow the taxonomic identification of hominin remains critical to our temporal, behavioural and biological understanding of the Middle to Upper Palaeolithic transition. In tandem, I work on the development of de novo proteomic phylogenetics of interest to palaeontology and palaeoanthropology.



Department of Human Evolution
Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology
Deutscher Platz 6
D-04103 Leipzig

phone: +49(0) 341 35 50 749