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Animal Evolution & Development

Research Group supported by the Emmy Noether Programme of the DFG

Arthropods are one of the largest and most diverse animal groups on earth, comprising nearly two-thirds of all animal species. To shed light on the evolution of this diversity, we focus on their closest relatives, onychophorans (velvet worms) and tardigrades (water bears) – two important, albeit understudied, animal groups. We apply various methods to study the anatomy, development, phylogeny and other aspects of these animals, which will help us to understand the evolutionary changes that have taken place since their divergence from arthropods over 540 million years ago.

Research Group Animal Evolution & Development

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