Welcome to the Department of Zoology

Wichtiger Hinweis: Liebe Studentinnen und Studenten, die Vorlesung "Allgemeine Zoologie" im Wintersemester 2018/2019 findet freitags, um 14:15 Uhr, im Hörsaal 282 statt und beginnt am 26.10.2018!

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.