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Contact


Dr. Ingmar Werneburg, Postdoctoral Researcher,
Museum für Naturkunde Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- &
Biodiversitätsforschung an der Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin,
Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin / Germany
E-mail: i.werneburg[at]gmail.com




Research: Ontogeny & phylogeny


  • Using the ‘comprehensive organism concept’, a holistic understanding of evolutionary processes is possible. Therein, the whole life of an organism - from fertilization to dead - is understood as a process of development on which selection can act through evolution. Heterochronies - changes in the developmental timing of characters - are hypothesized to have fundamental impact on shaping an adult structure. In mutual dependence with those, spatial reorganizations take place during development, so called heterotopies. Both mechanisms, together with allometric change, enable the evolution of new morphotypes.

    With the help of standardized developmental characters, I study the patterns of embryonic timing in a variety of land vertebrate species, including turtles, snakes, lizards, and diverse mammalian groups. Given the recent advances in molecular systematics, a comprehensive (falcifiable) phylogenetic framework is provided, which I use to trace evolutionary developmental changes and discuss those in the context of morphological diversification. Besides organogenesis, also patterns of skeletogenesis and some genetic aspects of development and evolution are observed.

    On a histological scale, development of particular organs is studied – a classic comparative embryological approach – in order to detect homologies, to uncover patterns of recapitulation, and to trace spatial developmental changes that lead to adult morphology. For adult anatomy, similar to my embryological studies, I concentrate on the craniocervical system of amniotes and some fish. One focus lies on the morphology of the musculature and other soft tissues, their anatomical diversity, phylogenetic distribution, and functional integration. Another focus lies on the interrelationship of head and neck morphology.

 

Species investigated in great detail*

*in addition to several other investigations on a variety of mammalian and reptilian species

Mammalia: Echinops telfairi, Tachyglossus aculeatus, Tenrec ecaudatus

Squamata: Bothropoides jararaca, Varanus panoptes

Teleostei: Atherina boyeri, Aplocheilus lineatus, Belone belone, Dermogenys pussila, Oryzias latipes, Parexocoetus lineatus, Perca fluviatilis, Rhinomugil corsula, Scomberesox saurus, Xenopoecilus oophorus

Testudinata: Caretta caretta, Emydura subglobosa, Graptemys nigrinoda, Lepidochelys kempii, Pelodiscus sinensis, Proganochelys quenstedti, Testudolithus oosp.


 

Curriculum vitae


Positions

     

  • 2015. Swiss National Science Foundation postdoctoral researcher, host: Museum für Naturkunde Berlin / Germany (associated to the N. Fröbisch-lab)
  • 2013-2014. Postdoctoral researcher, Paläontologisches Institut und Museum der Universität Zürich / Switzerland (Sánchez-lab): "Mammalian and reptilian embryology" (50% position)
  • 2012-2013. Postdoctoral researcher, Geowissenschaften Universität Tübingen / Germany (Joyce-lab): "Turtle neck evolution"; incl. parental leave
  • 2011. Postdoctoral researcher, RIKEN, Center for Developmental Biology Kobe / Japan (Kuratani-lab): "Amniote skull development"
  • 2010-2011. Postdoctoral researcher, Paläontologisches Institut und Museum der Universität Zürich / Switzerland (Sánchez-lab): "Mammalian embryology"

Education



Honorary Academic Positions


  • 2013-14. 'Guest scientists', Museum für Naturkunde Berlin / Germany (J. Müller-lab)
  • 2012-13. 'Visiting Scientist', Spezielle Zoologie der Universität Tübingen / Germany (W. Maier-lab): "Amniote craniogenesis"
  • 2009/Dec. 'Visiting Scientist', UCL London / UK (S. Evan's lab): "Craniocervical anatomy in marine turtles"
  • 2009/Mar. 'Visiting Scientist', RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology, Kobe / Japan (S. Kuratani-lab): "Turtle development"

Memberships


  • European society for Evolutionary Developmental biology (EED) 
  • Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) 
  • Deutsche Zoologische Gesellschaft e.V. (DZG) 
  • Förderverein Phyletisches Museum e.V. 
  • International Society of Vertebrate Morphology (ISVM) 

Professional service


  • Multible reviews for Acta Zoologica, Contributions to Zoology, Journal of Anatomy, Journal of Experimental Zoology B, Journal of Morphology, Mammalian Biology, Palaeontological Journal, Palaeontologia Electronica, Zoology
  • organisation of the "Central European Meeting of Turtle Evolutionary Biologists" (CEMTEB) 2014 in Zürich, Programme
  • organisation of the "Symposium on Turtle Evolution" 2012 in Tübingen (with Walter G. Joyce, Joseph Corsini, Márton Rabi). Wikipedia

Field work


  • 2008, Schesaplana-Mountain (Switzerland/Austria), Triassic
  • 2005, Roscoff (France), marine zoology
  • 2004, Lysekill (Sweden), marine zoology
  • 2004, Bilzingsleben (Germany), Pleistocene (Homo erectus)
  • 2002, Manebach (Germany), Rotliegend (Permian), Naturhistorisches Museum Schleusingen

Financial support


  • 2015, Advanced Postdoc Mobility Grant of Swiss National Foundation (48.000CHF)
  • 2014, Swiss Palaeontological Society (travel fund) to attend SVP 2014 in Berlin (650CHF)
  • 2013, Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft and Open Access Publishing Fund for my Biology Open Article (1350$)
  • 2013, fund by "The Company of Biologists" for financial support of the organisation of a symposium at International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology
  • 2013, fund by "Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft" for financial support of the organisation of a symposium at International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (2500€)
  • 2011-2013, Deutscher Forschungsgemeinschaft (granted to Walter G. Joyce for my postdoc position)
  • 2011, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS): Postdoctoral Fellowship (6 months), ID No. PE 11027 (2430500 ¥)
  • 2010-2011, Schweizer Nationalfond (granted to Prof. Dr. Marcelo Sánchez, covering 1 year postdoc support): Comparative Embryology of Mammalia
  • 2007-2010, Schweizer Nationalfond (No. 3100AO-116013/1FAN- ZUNIV, granted to Prof. Dr. Marcelo Sánchez): Comparative musculo-skeletal ontogeny of amniotes
  • 2008-2009, Forschungskredit der Universität Zürich (No.3772), Heterochronies in the head muscle development and the phylogenetic position of turtles among land vertebrates (40000 CHF)
  • 2008, Schweizerische Paläontologische Gesellschaft (travel fund), DZG Meeting in Jena/Germany, "Origin of Turtles within Amniotes based on Heterochronies in the Early Development" (350 CHF)
  • 2009, Vereinigung akademischer Mittelbau der Universität Zürich (VAUZ) (travel fund), attendance at the "Summer School of Evolutionary Developmental Biology" in Venice/Italy (300 €)
  • 2009, Schweizerische Paläontologische Gesellschaft (travel fund), SVP/SVPCA Meeting Bristol/UK, "Embryological evidence for a basal position of turtles within Amniota" (300 CHF)

Prizes


  • Bernhard Rensch Price of the Gesellschaft für BiologischeSystematik (GfBS) (1000€) awarded together with the Rensch-medal at the Biosystematics meeting 2011, 26.2.2011 in Berlin, for "outstanding work in Biological Systematics". Laudation by Dr. Olivier C. Rieppel
  • Writing competition price of Internationale Bodenseehochschule "Science of the Future": "Dichtung und Morphologie - ein Forschungsprogramm für die Zukunft" (150€)
  • One price of the best Student Presentations at 1st BioSyst EU Meeting in Leiden/Netherlands
  • Faculty-price for outstanding PhD-thesis by the Science Faculty of University of Zürich (1000 CHF)

Collaborators of finished projects



Teaching


  • 2014 WS, co-lecturer (Zürich) "Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates" (English)
  • 2013 SS,  organizer (with M. Maier) (Tübingen): Studium Generale lecture series "Key innovations in organismic macroevolution", press release (German)
  • 2013 SS, organizer (Tübingen): institute’s colloquium at Fachbereich Geowissenschaften (English)
  • 2011 SS, lecturer (with S. Kuratani) (Kobe/Japan): German-language-class, translating chapters of Dietrich Starcks textbook from German to English, course for Japanese scientists (English)
  • 2009-2010, teaching assistant (Zürich): “Evolution”-course (German)
  • 2008, teaching assistant (Zürich): lectures and practicals on recent turtles “Paläobiologie und Evolution der Wirbeltiere” (2009), “Biodiversität: Wirbellose, Wirbeltiere, Pilze“ (German)
  • 2008, co-instructor (Zürich): basal course “Biodiversität und Evolution” (2008, museum practical) (German, English)
  • 2008-2009, 2014, co-instructor (Zürich): “Evolutionary Morphology of Vertebrates” (Blockkurse á 4 weeks) (English)
  • 2006, main instructor (Jena): whole day zoological excursions in Jena and surroundings (German)
  • 2006, scientific tutor (Jena): zoological excursion to Kyffhäuser mountains (2006, one week) (German)
  • 2004-2007, scientific tutor (Jena): basic courses in zoology for students of biology, medicine and nutritional science (four one-semester courses á 13 sessions) (German)

Supervisions


  • 2010/2011, Katja Polachowski (Zürich). Master's-thesis on squamate development: "Contributions to the embryology of Squamata. Skeletogenesis and morphometric analysis of the skull, external morphology, and head measurements in embryonic series of a snake (Bothrops jararaca), a monitor lizard (Varanus panoptes), and two skink species (Lerista bougainvillii & Saiphos equalis) in a phylogenetic context"
  • 2015-, Stephan Spiekman (Berlin). Master's thesis on marsupial development
  • 2015-, Gabriel Ferreira (São Paulo): PhD-thesis on turtle development


Publications


Peer Reviewed Original Articles

[my citation index at Google Scholar]   [my publications on ResearchGate]

* = correspondence author


  • 1. Werneburg I*, Hertwig ST (2009). Head morphology of the ricefish, Oryzias latipes (Teleostei: Beloniformes). Journal of Morphology 270(9):1095-1106, doi: 10.1002/jmor.10746, free article - from Werneburg 2007: related animations

  • 2. Werneburg I* (2009). A standard system to study vertebrate embryos. Plos One, 4(6): e5887, doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0005887 (open access: htmlpdfTable S1Table S2TableS3Poster S1). Updated SES-database: Link.
  • 3. Werneburg I*, Sánchez-Villagra MR (2009). Timing of organogenesis support basal position of turtles in the amniote tree of life. BMC Evolutionary Biology, 9:82, doi:10.1186/1471-2148-9-82 (highly accessed, open access: htmlpdf, additional files 123). Updated SES-database: Link.

  • 4. Werneburg I*, Hugi J, Müller J, Sánchez-Villagra MR (2009). Embryogenesis and ossification of Emydura subglobosa (Testudines, Pleurodira, Chelidae) and patterns of turtle development. Developmental Dynamics 238(11): 2770-2786, doi: 10.1002/dvdy.22104 (free articleFigure S1-18Table S1). Updated SES-database: Link.

  • 5. Müller J*, Scheyer TM, Head JJ, Barrett PM, Werneburg I, Ericson PGP, Pol D, Sánchez-Villagra MR* (2010). Homeotic effects, somitogenesis and the evolution of vertebral numbers in recent and fossil amniotes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS) 107(5): 2118-2123, doi: 10.1073/pnas.0912622107 (free article + supporting information)

  • 6. Werneburg I*, Sánchez-Villagra MR (2011). The early development of the echidna, Tachyglossus aculeatus (Mammalia: Monotremata) and patterns of mammalian development. Acta Zoologica 82(1): 75-88, doi: 10.1111/j.1463-6395.2009.00447.x, (articleappendices). Updated SES-database: Link.


  • 7. Werneburg I* (2011). The cranial musculature of turtles. Palaeontologia Electronica 14(2), 15A: 99 pages. (free htmlfree pdf)

  • 8. Werneburg I* (2012). Temporal bone arrangements in turtles: an overview. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 318: 235-249, link

  • 9. Jones MEH*, Werneburg I, Curtis N, Penrose R, O'Higgins P, Fagan MJ, Evans SE (2012). The head and neck anatomy of sea turtles (Cryptodira: Chelonioidea) and skull shape in Testudines. Plos One 7(11): e47852. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0047852free pdf,  free htmlvideos S1+S2+S3 [add ".mpg" to file name].

  • 10. Scheyer TM*, Werneburg I, Mitgutsch C, Delfino M, Sánchez-Villagra MR (2013). Chapter 6: Three ways to tackle the turtle: integrating fossils, comparative embryology and mircoanatomy. In: Morphology and Evolution of Turtles. Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology Series. Editors: Gardner J, Brinkman D, Holroyd P. Springer Verlag, Dortrecht, Heidelberg, New York, London (Buy book at Amazon), pp. 63-70, paper

  • 11. Werneburg I, Tzika AC, Hautier L, Asher RJ, Milinkovitch MC, Sánchez-Villagra MR* (2013). Development and embryonic staging in non-model organisms: the case of an afrotherian mammal. Invited paper to the special issue "Vertebrate Evolutionary Developmental Biology" in Journal of Anatomy 222:2-18cover picturefree htmlfree pdf, Supplements 123Updated SES-database: Link.
  • 12. Polachowski KM, Werneburg I* (2013). Late embryos and bony skull development in Bothropoides jararaca (Serpentes, Viperidae). Zoology 116 (1): 36-63. doi: 10.1016/j.zool.2012.07.003. Htmlpdf, Appendix 1234567Updated SES-database: Link.
  • 13. Werneburg, I* (2013)The tendinous framework in the temporal skull region of turtles and considerations about its morphological implications in amniotes: a review. Invited paper to Zoological Science 31(3): 141-153. Free pdf

  • 14. Werneburg, I* (2013). Jaw musculature during the dawn of turtle evolution. Organisms, Diversity & Evolution 13: 225-254 Htmlpdf

  • 15. Joyce WG*, Werneburg I, Lyson TR (2013). The hooked element in the pes of turtles (Testudines): a global approach to exploring primary and secondary homology. Journal of Anatomy 223: 421-441, cover picture, htmlpdf

  • 16. Werneburg I*, Maier W, Joyce WG (2013)Embryonic remnants of intercentra and ribs in the neck of turtles. Biology Open 2(11):1103-1107Free pdf


  • 17. Koyabu DB*, Werneburg I, Morimoto N, Zollikofer CPE, Forasiepi AM, Endo H, Kimura J, Ohdachi SD, Truong SN, Sánchez-Villagra MR* (2014)Mammalian skull heterochrony reveals modular evolution and a link between cranial development and brain size. Nature Communications 5:3625, 1-9. ArticleSupplementary informationSupplementary Data 12

       


  • 18. Werneburg I*, Sánchez-Villagra MR (2015). Skeletal heterochrony is associated with the anatomical specializations of snakes among squamate reptiles. Evolution 69(1): 254–263, cover picture. Article, Supplement, Press releases: German, English

  • 19. Werneburg I*, Wilson LAB*, Parr WCH, Joyce WG (2015). Evolution of neck vertebral shape and neck retraction at the transition to modern turtles: an integrated geometric morphometric approach. Systematic Biology 64(2): 187-204, cover picture. Article, Supplementary.
  • 20. Werneburg I* (2015). Morphology of the jaw, suspensorial, and opercle musculature of Beloniformes and related species (Teleostei: Acanthopterygii), with a special reference to the m. adductor mandibulae complex. PeerJ 3:e769 http://dx.doi.org/10.7717/peerj.769, 53 pages


  • 21. Werneburg I*, Hinz JK, Gumpenberger M, Volpato V, Natchev N, Joyce WG (2015). Modeling neck mobility in fossil turtles. Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 324(3): 230-243. Invited paper to the special issue on "Origin and Evolution of Turtles" edited by Jacqueline E. Moustakas-Verho and Scott Gilbert. Article, supplement.
  • 22. Werneburg I*, Polachowski KM, Hutchinson M.N. (2015). Bony skull development in the Argus monitor (Squamata, Varanidae, Varanus panoptes) with comments on developmental timing and adult anatomy. Zoology 118: 255-280, Article, Supplement 1, Supplements 2-4


  • 23. Werneburg I* (2015, in press). Neck motion in turtles and its relation to the shape of the temporal skull region. Comptes Rendus Palevol. doi: 10.1016/j.crpv.2015.01.007


  • 24. Lawver DR*, Rasoamiaramanana A, Werneburg I (2015, in press). An occurrence of fossil eggs from the Mesozoic of Madagascar and a detailed observation of eggshell microstructure. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology. To be published in November 2015.



  • 25. Natchev N*, Tzankov N, Werneburg I, Heiss E (2015). Feeding behaviour in a ‘basal’ tortoise provides insights on the transitional feeding mode at the dawn of modern land turtle evolution. PeerJ 3:e1172; DOI 10.7717/peerj.1172, pp. 1-23, Article, Appendix





Books, Editorials, Translations, Further Articles, Theses

(partly Peer Reviewed)


  • 26. Werneburg I* (2009). Vergleichende Morphologie der Kiefermuskulatur der Beloniformes (Teleostei, Atherinomorpha). Verlag Dr. Müller, ISBN: 978-3-639-19302-2 (incl. extended English summary: Comparative Morphology of the Jaw Musculature of Beloniformes). German text is free available online published as: Werneburg I (2007). "Vergleichende Morphologie der Kiefermuskulatur der Beloniformes (Teleostei, Atherinomorpha)". Institut für Spezielle Zoologie und Evolutionsbiologie mit Phyletischem Museum. Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena. 170 pages. Diploma thesis (engl. abstract), published by Digitale Bibliothek Thüringen (incl. six 3d-animations). URL: http://www.db-thueringen.de/servlets/DocumentServlet?id=11300; full pdf (German, for the extended English summary, see in Werneburg 2009 above); 3D-head Oryzias latipes: animations, movie 1 (all elements), movie 2 (bones, ligaments, cartilages, muscles, nervous system), movie 3 (as movie 2, but without nervous system), movie 4 (bones, cartilages, ligaments), movie 5 (only muscles). This published Diploma-thesis was the basis for the later studies of Werneburg & Hertwig (2009) and Werneburg (2014).

  • 27. Werneburg I* (2010). Zum Ursprung der Schildkröten: Ansätze der Vergleichenden Embryologie. Vierteljahrschrift der Naturforschenden Gesellschaft in Zürich 155(1/2):21-28 (free article) [peer reviewed]

  • 28. Werneburg I* (2010). Evolution and Development of Turtles: Organogenesis and Cranial Musculature. Scidinge Hall Verlag, Zürich, ISBN: 978-3-905923-03-2. This published PhD-thesis contains the manuscripts of A. Scheyer et al. (2009, [2013]), B. Werneburg (2009), C. Werneburg & Sánchez-Villagra (2009), D. Werneburg et al. (2009), E. Werneburg & Sánchez-Villagra (2011), F.-G. Werneburg (2011, 2013), H. Müller et al. (2010) [only as supplement], I. Werneburg (2010), free pdf

  • 29. Sánchez, M.R. Embryos in Deep Time: The Rock Record of Animal Development in Evolution (Indiana Press 2012). Translated by Ingmar Werneburg as: Sánchez-Villagra, M.R. (2012). Embryonen aus der Tiefenzeit. Was Fossilien über die Evolution von Wachstumsprozessen und die Entwicklungsgenetik erzählen. vdf Hochschulverlag AG an der ETH Zürich. 239 pp. ISBN 3728134694example chapterAmazon

  • 30. Joyce WG, Corsini JA, Werneburg I, Rabi M (editors/organisators) (2012). Symposium on Turtle Evolution 2012. Program and Abstracts. TOBIAS-lib Hochschulserver der Universität Tübingenfree pdf

  • 31. Maier W*, Werneburg I* (2014, eds.). Schlüsselereignisse der organismischen Makroevolution. Scidinge Hall Verlag Zürich, 416 pp.
    (German; with contributions by Oliver Betz, Karl Forchhammer, Rüdiger Hampp, Wolfgang Maier, Michael W. Maisch, Irina Ruf, Ingmar Werneburg). 416pp. ISBN:978-3-905923-15-5. Order book here: Link. Press release: Link.

  • 32. Maier W*, Werneburg I* (2014). Einführung: Zur Methodik der organismischen Evolutionsbiologie. In: Maier W, Werneburg I (eds.). "Schlüsselereignisse der organismischen Makroevolution". Scidinge Hall Verlag Zürich, p. 11-17. Pdf: Link, order book here: Link.

  • 33. Werneburg I* (2014). Konvergente Evolution herbivorer Landwirbeltiere [ein Review]. In: Maier W, Werneburg I (Eds.) "Schlüsselereignisse der organismischen Makroevolution". Scidinge Hall Verlag Zürich, p. 295-331. Pdf: Link, Order book here: Link.

  • 34. Werneburg I* (2014). Vom Ursprung des Menschen bis zur Neolithischen Revolution [ein Review]. In: Maier W, Werneburg I (Eds.) "Schlüsselereignisse der organismischen Makroevolution". Scidinge Hall Verlag Zürichp. 361-411. Pdf: Link, order book here: Link.

  • 35. Wilson LAB*, Werneburg I (2014). Editorial: Quantifying evolutionary development: integrating morphology, metrical frameworks, and gene expression. Special Issue in Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 322B: 555-557. Article [peer reviewed]

  • 36. Wilson LAB, Werneburg I (2014, guest editors). Quantifying evolutionary development: integrating metrical frameworks, gene expression, and morphology. Special Issue in Journal of Experimental Zoology Part B: Molecular and Developmental Evolution 322B: 555-653. (with contributions by Robert J. Asher, Cyril Charles, Stephen J. Gaunt, Norberto P. Giannini, Lionel Hautier, Daisuke B. Koyabu, Michel Laurin, Christian Mitgutsch, Lennart Ollson, Rainer R. Schoch, Karen E. Sears, Nguyen Truong Son, and Janine M. Ziermann)  Volume [peer reviewed]



Conference presentations

[talks (*), poster (°)]

  • 1. Werneburg I°, Hertwig ST. Morphology of the Jaw Apparatus of Oryzias latipes in comparison to its relatives (Teleostei, Atherinomorpha, Beloniformes). 8th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), 16.7.2007-21.7.2007 in Paris / France. Abstract published in Journal of Morphology 268: 1148
  • 2. Werneburg I*. Zur umstrittenen Stellung der Schildkröten - Lösungsansätze aus der Vergleichenden Embryologie. Paläontologisch-Herpetologische Tagung 2008 (PalHerp), 16.5.-18.5.2008 in Berlin / Germany, report by Müller J., Fastnacht M. (2008): Geowissenschaftliche Mitteilungen 33, 68-70
  • 3. Werneburg I°, Mitgutsch C, Sánchez-Villagra MR. Heterochronies in the Early Development of Turtles. 2. Euro Evo Devo meeting (EED), 29.7.2008-1.8.2008 in Ghent / Belgium, Conference Abstract Booklet, page 291
  • 4. Sánchez-Villagra MR, Goswami A, Weisbecker V, Werneburg I, Müller H, Mitgutsch C, Nagashima H , Kuratani S (2008). Evolution of cranial ossification patterns in two amniote clades: mammals and turtles. 2nd Euro Evo Devo meeting (EED), 29.7.2008-1.8.2008 in Ghent / Belgium. Session: Mesenchymal development and evolution of the vertebrate head, Conference Abstract Booklet, page 173
  • 5. Müller J*, Scheyer T, Barrett P, Ericson P, Head J, Pol D, Werneburg I, Asher R, Sanchéz-Villagra MR. Amniote paleontology and development: evolution of vertebral counts and other case studies. 2nd Euro Evo Devo meeting (EED), 29.7.2008-1.8.2008 in Ghent / Belgium - session: Fossilized ontogenies, Conference Abstract Booklet, page 139
  • 6. Werneburg I°, Mitgutsch C, Sánchez-Villagra MR. Origin of Turtles within Amniotes based on Heterochronies in the Early Development. 101. Jahresversammlung der Deutschen Zoologischen Gesellschaft (DZG), 19. - 22. September 2008 in Jena / Germany
  • 7. Müller J*, Scheyer T, Barrett P, Werneburg I, Ericson P, Head J, Pol D, Sanchéz-Villagra MR. The evolution of vertebral numbers in recent and fossil amniotes. 7th Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists (EAVP), 20.-26.7.2009 in Berlin / Germany, Conference Abstract Booklet, page 53
  • 8. Werneburg I*, Hugi J, Mitgutsch C, Müller J, Sánchez-Villagra MR. Position of Turtles within Amniota: Approaches in Comparative Embryology. 1st European BioSyst Meeting and 11th Tagung der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Biologische Systematik (GfBS), 10.-14.8.2009 in Leiden / Netherlands, Conference Abstract Booklet, page 137
  • 9. Werneburg I*, Hugi J, Mitgutsch C, Müller J, Sánchez-Villagra MR. Embryological evidence for a basal position of turtles within Amniota. 69th Annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) and 57th Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA), 23.-26.9.2009 in Bristol / United Kingdom. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 29 (3), Supplement, 199A
  • 10. Scheyer TM*, Werneburg I, Mitgutsch C, Delfino M, Sánchez-Villagra MR. Three ways to tackle the turtle: integrating evolutionary, developmental, and bone histological data to elucidate a highly peculiar body plan. In: Braman DR, editor. Special Publication of the Royal Tyrrell Museum: Gaffney Turtle Symposium, Abstracts and Program, 17-18 October 2009. Drumheller, Alberta, Canada: Royal Tyrrell Museum, p. 154-161. Extended Abstract (later extended and published as book chapter: Scheyer et al. 2013, see above)
  • 11. Werneburg I*, Hugi J, Mitgutsch C, Müller J, Sánchez-Villagra MR. Position of Turtles within Amniota: Approaches in Comparative Embryology. Swiss Systematics Society (SSS-Day) 6.11.2009 in Bern / Switzerland, Conference Abstract Booklet, p. 7
  • 12. Werneburg I*. Evolution and development of cranial musculature in turtles. 9th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), 26.7.-31.7.2010 in Punta del Este / Uruguay, Conference Abstract CD-Rom, p. 278
  • 13. Müller J*, Scheyer T, Head J, Barrett P, Werneburg I, Ericson P, Pol D, Sanchéz- Villagra MR. Genes, development, and fossil morphologies: an example from vertebrates. 80th Annual Meeting of the Palaeontological Society (Paläontologische Gesellschaft) 6.-8.10.2010 in München / Germany. Zittelia Series B 29: 75
  • 14. Werneburg I*. Evolution and Development of Turtles: Organogenesis and Cranial Musculature. Laureate lecture in the Bestowal Ceremony for the Rensch Award (GfBS); laudation by Olivier Rieppel (Chicago).  In: Borsch, T., Giere, P., Hoffmann, J., Löhne, C., Nordt, B., Ohl, M. (editors). Biosystematics 2011. 21.2.-26.2.2011 in Berlin /Germany, Programme and Abstracts. Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Freie Universität Berlin, Germany. ISBN 978-3-921800-68-3. p. 387
  • 15. Werneburg I*, Lyson TR, Joyce WG (2012). An integrative study on the anatomy and development of the ‘hooked fifth metatarsal’ in the turtle pes. Symposium on Turtle Evolution, University of Tübingen, Germany, 2-5 June 2012. Abstract published in: W.G. Joyce, J.A. Corsini, I. Werneburg, M. Rabi (eds.). TOBIAS-lib Hochschulserver der Universität Tübingen, page 48
  • 16. Natchev N*, Werneburg I (2012). Considerations on the evolution of feeding systems in turtles. Symposium on Turtle Evolution, University of Tübingen, Germany, 2-5 June 2012. Abstract published in: W.G. Joyce, J.A. Corsini, I. Werneburg, M. Rabi (eds.). TOBIAS-lib Hochschulserver der Universität Tübingen, page 32
  • 17. Werneburg I °, Lyson TR, Joyce WG (2012). Development of the fifth metatarsal in turtles. 4th meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Developmental Biology (EED), July 10–13, 2012 in Lisbon.
  • 18. Werneburg I°, Lyson TR, Joyce WG (2013) An integrative study on the anatomy and development of the ‘hooked fifth metatarsal’ in the turtle pes. 40. Treffen Arbeitskreis Wirbeltierpaläontologie in der Paläontologischen Gesellschaft, 15.-17.3.2013 in Laimering / Deutschland
  • 19. Werneburg I*, Hinz J, Gumpenberger M, Volpato V, Natchev N, Joyce WG (2013).  Peculiarities of turtle body plan: the origin and evolution of neck retraction mechanisms. 10th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), in Barcelona / Spain. Invited talk to the symposium 'Origin and Evolution of Turtles' (organized by Jacqueline E. Moustakas and Scott Gilbert), 8. – 12. July 2013, Anatomical Record 295 (Special Feature): page 173
  • 20. Carabajal AP*, Sterli J, Müller J, Joyce WG, Werneburg I (2013). Endocranial reconstructions of extinct turtles using μ-CT scans: new insights into brain and inner ear anatomy. 10th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), in Barcelona / Spain, 8. – 12. July 2013, Anatomical Record 295 (Special Feature): page 207
  • 21. Werneburg I°, Joyce W, Maier W (2013). Embryonic remnants of intercentra and ribs in a pleurodire turtle - a case of recapitulation and functional reduction. 10th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), in Barcelona / Spain, 8. – 12. July 2013, Anatomical Record 295 (Special Feature): page 257
  • 22. Werneburg I*, Wilson LAB, Joyce WG (2013) Evolution of neck vertebral shape and neck retraction at the transition to modern turtles: a geometric morphometric approach. 10th International Congress of Vertebrate Morphology (ICVM), in Barcelona / Spain, contributed talk in the symposium 'Quantifying evolutionary development using non-model organisms: integrating metrical frameworks, gene expression, and morphology' (organized by Laura A.B. Wilson and Ingmar Werneburg), 8. – 12. July 2013, Anatomical Record 295 (Special Feature): page 135
  • 23. Maier W, Werneburg I (2013). Schlüsselereignisse der organismischen Makroevolution. Studium Generale Abstract Booklet, p. 12, Tübingen.
  • 24. Koyabu D*, Werneburg I, Sánchez-Villagra M. Macroevolutionary patterns in mammalian craniogenesis reveals modulae evolution and a link between cranial development and brain size. 74. Annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), Berlin / Germany. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, page 162
  • 25. Werneburg I°, Lawver D (2014). Fossil Turtle Eggs from the Upper Cretaceous (Campanian) Morondava basin, Madagascar. 74. Annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP), Berlin / Germany, 5.-8.11.2014. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2014, page 254
  • 26. Werneburg I* (2014). Evolution, function, and development of the turtle neck and its impact on shaping the temporal skull region. Meeting of Central European Turtle Evolutionary Biologists (CETEB) (organised by Ingmar Werneburg and Marcelo R. Sánchez-Villagra). Zürich, December 1st - 2nd 2014
  • 27. Werneburg I* (2015). Zur Evolution der Schläfenregion bei Schildkröten. 42. Arbeitskreistreffen Wirbeltierpaläontologie in Ahrensburg bei Hamburg, 13.3.2015-15.3.2015
  • 28. Werneburg I* (2015). Evolution and development of the craniocervical system in turtles. Invited Plenary Lecture. 6th International Meeting on Cranio-cervical Systems in Vertebrates. Ghent, July 7th-10th 2015
  • 29. Sánchez-Villagra MR*, Werneburg I, Laurin M, Koyabu D (2015). A comprehensive phylogenetic study of mammalian embryology and skeletogenesis reveals the altricial life history of the placental ancestor, modularity and a brain-bone development link. 15th Meeting of the European Society for Evolutionary Biology. Laussanne, August 10th-14th 2015, Abstract Booklet p. 212-213
  • 30. Werneburg I* (2015). Evolution and development of the neck and temporal skull region in turtles. 86. Annual meeting of Paläontologische Gesellschaft. Schiffweiler, September 14th-17th 2015
  • 31. Werneburg I°, Laurin M, Koyabu D, Ascarrunz E, Sánchez-Villagra MR (2015). Reconstruction of life history traits in early amniotes. 86. Annual meeting of Paläontologische Gesellschaft. Schiffweiler, September 14th-17th 2015
  • 32. Werneburg I* (2015). Morphometrie und organismische Evolutionsbiologie. Grenzen und Möglichkeiten an Beispielen zur Halsanatomie der Schildkröten hinterfragt. Invited lecture to the 57. Phylogenetisches Symposium „Was bestimmt die Form? Die Morphologie in der Evolutionsbiologie“ organised by Stefan Richter and Christian Wirkner. Rostock November 20th-22nd 2015





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Further publications

  • Werneburg, I. (2013b). Die Chronik der Familie Werneburg. Anno 2013. Scidinge Hall Verlag Zürich, 350 Seiten, ISBN:  978-3-905923-14-8
  • Werneburg, I. (2013a). Irings Falke. Radegundes Klage um Thüringen. Ein Trauerspiel. Scidinge Hall Verlag Zürich, 100 Seiten, ISBN 978-3-905923-12-4 
  • Werneburg, I. (2011). Die Mexikanische Reise. Eine Morphologie der Neuen Welt. Ein Reisebericht. Scidinge Hall Verlag Zürich, 225 Seiten, ISBN: 978-3-905923-07-0
  • Werneburg, I. (2010). Die Söhne der Sonne. 100 Gedichte nach Felsbildern der westschwedischen Bronzezeit, mit einem Reisebericht. Scidinge Hall Verlag Zürich, 147 Seiten, ISBN: 978-3-905923-01-8
  • Werneburg, I. (2009). Urworte Panisch. Gedichte. Scidinge Hall Verlag Zürich, 48 Seiten, ISBN: 978-3-905923-00-1
  • further smaller belletristic publication in journals