Dr. Constanze Bickelmann

Museum für Naturkunde
Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science
Invalidenstrasse 43
10115 Berlin

Phone +49 (0)30 2093 8993
Fax +49 (0)30 2093 8565
E-mail constanze.bickelmann(at)mfn-berlin.de



  • Research scientist (PI, DFG Eigene Stelle)
  • Deputy Equal Opportunity Commissioner

Research interests

Molecular evolution and development of the limbs in non-traditional model organisms

  • Evolution and development of the limbs of the squamate Hemidactylus
  • Molecular evolution of the forelimbs of the fossorial Iberian mole (Talpa occidentalis)
  • Hox expression in the limbs of salamanders
  • Evolution of preaxial polarity and regeneration in salamander limbs

Publications (selection)


Fröbisch, N.B., Bickelmann, C. & Witzmann F. 2014. Early evolution of limb regeneration in tetrapods: evidence from a 300-million-year-old amphibian. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 281: 20141550.

Meier, P.S., Bickelmann, C., Scheyer, T.M., Koyabu, D. & Sánchez-Villagra, M.R. 2013. Evolution of bone compactness in extant and extinct moles (Talpidae): exploring humeral microstructure in small fossorial mammals. BMC Evolutionary Biology 13: 55.

Bickelmann, C., Mitgutsch, C., Richardson, M.K., de Bakker, M.A.G, Jiménez, R. & Sánchez-Villagra, M.R. 2012. Transcriptional heterochrony in talpid mole autopods. EvoDevo 3:16.

Bickelmann, C., Morrow, J.M., Müller, J. & Chang, B.S.W. 2012. Functional characterization of the rod visual pigment of the echidna (Tachyglossus aculeatus), a basal mammal. Visual Neuroscience 29: 211-217.

Bickelmann, C. & Sander, P.M. 2008. A partial skeleton and isolated humeri of Nothosaurus (Reptilia: Eosauropterygia) from Winterswijk, The Netherlands. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 28(2): 326-338.

Last update: 15.05.2015