Evolution of Organismal Complexity

Animals come in a wide variety of shapes and body plans that exhibit fundamentally different constructions. The complexity of these organismal architectures is characterised by the evolution of different cell types, tissues, and organs, as well as their interdevelopmental interactions. The key research area "Evolution of Organismal Complexity" examines the developmental basis of the evolutionary processes that have led to the great diversity of differentiated cells, organs, and organisms.

Speakers: Thomas Hummel, Ulrich Technau

fruit fly Drosophila

Visual system of the fruit fly Drosophila, highlighting the projection of photoreceptors from the retina (green, red) into specific brain regions (blue).