Evolutionary biologists at the Museum für Naturkunde investigate life on Earth mainly within an evolutionary and geological context:
• What are the hallmarks of evolution?
• How does a new species arise?
• Which adaptations to their environment can be observed in early and contemporary animal species?
• Which mechanisms are the driving forces in the process?
• How can the evolutionary history of animals be reconstructed?
These are just some of the questions that will be answered in the "Evolution" theme area. Evolutionary processes occur over long periods of time. Research results give information on the evolution of the appearance and behaviour of organisms as well as populations and their distribution. We look at developments in the Earth's history and the interaction of organisms with their environment. Another area included is the distribution patterns of animal populations and communities in earlier periods and today and the relevant environmental conditions.