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Frank Rühli is the President of the German Society of Anthropology, and Vice-President of the Swiss Society of Anthropology and the Liberal Party FDP Kreis 1 and the Head of the Centre for Evolutionary Medicine. In 2007 he finished his habilitation (“DSc”) on “Evidence-based paleopathology” in the field of anatomy/histology. He co-heads the “Swiss Diagnostic Imaging of Mummy Project” and is a research fellow of the Institute of History of Medicine University of Zurich.
Dr. Heather Gill-Frerking is a biological anthropologist and the Scientific Research Curator for the German Mummy Project (GMP), based at the Reiss-Engelhorn Museums (REM) in Mannheim, Germany. Dr. Gill-Frerking has worked on various aspects of mummy studies and is the only North American to work directly with northern European peat bog bodies. She is involved in the research of mummies from South America, Asia, Egypt and Europe, including European crypt mummies.