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PD Dr. Florian Witzmann

Florian Witzmann
Fax: +49 30 889140 - 8565

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung
Invalidenstraße 43
10115 Berlin


  • Curator of the fossil fish and amphibian collection
  • Chief editor of "Fossil Record", the palaeontological open-access journal of the Museum für Naturkunde

Research interests

- Physiological aspects of the fish-to-tetrapod transition. This applies to the alteration of the skin structure (morphology and histology of dermal bones and scales) and remodelling of the gill skeleton (feeding and breathing in water and on land)

- Evolution of cranial muscles in early tetrapods and amphibians

- Palaeopathology: pathologies of the vertebral column in amphibians and reptiles; evolution of bone healing in tetrapods

Publications (Selection)

Witzmann, F. & Werneburg, I. 2017. The palatal interpterygoid vacuities of temnospondyls and the implications for the associated eye- and jaw musculature. Anatomical Record 300: 1240-1269.

Witzmann, F. 2016. CO2-metabolism in early tetrapods revisited: inferences from osteological correlates of gills, skin and lung ventilation in the fossil record. Lethaia 49: 492-506.

Fröbisch, N. B., Bickelmann, C., Olori, J. C. & Witzmann, F. 2015. Deep-time evolution of regeneration and preaxial polarity in tetrapod limb development. Nature 527: 231-234.

Janis, C. M., Devlin, K., Warren, D. E. & Witzmann, F. 2012. Dermal bone in early tetrapods: a palaeophysiological hypothesis of adaptation for terrestrial acidosis. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London, Series B 279: 3035-3040.

Witzmann, F., Claeson, K. M., Hampe, O., Wieder, F., Hilger, A., Manke, I., Niederhagen, M., Rothschild, B. M. & Asbach, P. 2011. Paget disease of bone in a Jurassic dinosaur. Current Biology 21: 647-648.