The main research project of Fulco Scherjon uses the Neandertal distribution in North-western Europe as a case study for modelling and simulating past hominins in a realistic environment. This research will implement the HomininSpace simulation environment and explore in detail the rhythms of expansion and retreat of Neanderthal populations. It includes highly detailed paleoenvironment reconstructions and inferred Neandertal demographics and energy requirements. Simulation results are compared against the archaeological record and subjected to rigorous statistical analyses.
Fulco was originally trained as a computer scientist and information analyst at Delft University (Msc). He obtained a research MA (Archaeology, Human Origins) in 2013. With this background he is working together with other researchers in a wide range of projects where computing knowledge is useful. Examples include a database that was constructed for lithic analysis, principal component analysis performed on experimental data sets, and research in which genetic data from extinct hominins has been analysed on specific base patterns.
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