AG Dr. Marie Hörnig

Funktionelle Morphologie

Zukünftige Forschungsbereiche

  • Morphologie medizinisch relevanter Gliederfüßer (Arthropoda)/Medizinische Entomologie
  • Biomechanik von Gliederfüßern (Arthropoda)

Bisherige Forschung

  • Morphologie und Evolution innerhalb der Gliederfüßer (Arthropoda)
  • Rekonstruktion von Lebensweisen und Ökologie von Arthropoden im Laufe der Erdgeschichte basierend auf fossilen Vertretern



  • Auflicht-/Hellfeld-/Fluoreszenzmikroskopie
  • Mikro- und Makrofotografie
  • Elektronenmikroskopie (siehe EMZ)
  • Micro-Computertomographie (µCT, in Kooperation)
  • Auswertung Tomographie-Daten (inkl. µCT, SRµCT), 3D-Visualisierungen

Aktuelle Publikationen

Baranov V, Pérez-de la Fuente R, Engel MS, Hammel JU, Kiesmüller C, Hörnig MK, Pazinato PG, Stahlecker C, Haug C, Haug JT (2022) The first adult mantis lacewing from Baltic amber, with an evaluation of the post-Cretaceous loss of morphological diversity of raptorial appendages in Mantispidae. Fossil Record 25(1): 11-24.

Haug C, Baranov VA, Hörnig MK, Gauweiler J, Hammel JU, Perkovsky EE & Haug JT (2022) 35 million-year-old solid-wood-borer beetle larvae support the idea of stressed Eocene amber forests. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, 1–10. doi: 10.1007/s12549-022-00552-0

Haug JT, Kiesmüller C, Haug GT, Haug C, Hörnig MK (2022) A fossil aphidlion preserved together with its prey in 40 million-year-old Baltic amber. Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments, 1–9. doi: 10.1007/s12549-021-00521-z

Haug JT, Hörnig MK, Kiesmüller C, Pazinato PG, Baranov V, Haug C (2022) A 100-million-year-old ensiferan with unusual mouthparts and comments on the evolution of raptorial appendages within Polyneoptera. Geodiversitas 44(4): 57–73.

Haug JT, Tun KL, Haug GT, Than KN, Haug C & Hörnig MK (2022) A hatching aphidlion‐like lacewing larva in 100 million years old Kachin amber. Insect Science, 1–7. doi: 10.1111/1744-7917.13137

Hörnig MK, Haug C, Müller P, Haug JT (2022) Not quite social – possible cases of gregarious behaviour of immatures of various lineages of Insecta in 100-million-year-old amber. Bulletin of Geoscience 97 (1), 69 - 87.

Kiesmüller C, Haug JT, Müller P, Hörnig MK (2022) A case of frozen behaviour: A flat wasp female with a beetle larva in its grasp in 100-million-year-old amber. Fossil Record 25, 287–305.

Kiesmüller C, Haug JT, Müller P, Hörnig MK (2022) Debris-carrying behaviour of bark lice immatures preserved in 100 million years old amber. PalZ, 96(2): 231–258.

Schade M, Knötschke N, Hörnig MK, Paetzel C, Stumpf S. (2022) Neurovascular anatomy of dwarf dinosaur implies precociality in sauropods. eLife 11, e82190. doi: 10.7554/eLife.82190

Zippel A, Haug C, Gauweiler J, Hörnig MK, Haug GT & Haug JT (2022) A small beetle larva preserved in 23-million-year-old Mexican amber: possible first fossil record of an immature variegated mud-loving beetle. Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana 74, A150322.

Zippel A, Baranov VA, Hammel JU, Hörnig MK, Haug C, Haug JT (2022) The first fossil immature of Elmidae: an unusual riffle beetle larva preserved in Baltic amber. PeerJ. PeerJ 10, e13025.

Baranov VA, Engel MS, Hammel J, Hörnig MK, van de Kamp T, Zuber M, Haug JT (2021) Synchrotron-radiation computed tomography uncovers ecosystem functions of fly larvae in an Eocene forest. Palaeontologia Electronica, 24(1):a07. doi: 10.26879/1129

Melzer RR, Spitzner F, Šargač Z, Hörnig MK, Krieger J, Haug C, Haug JT, Kirchhoff T, Meth R, Torres G, Harzsch S (2021) Methods to study organogenesis in decapod crustacean larvae II: analysing cells and tissues. Helgoland Marine Research 75:2.

Krieger J, Hörnig MK, Kenning M, Hansson BS, Harzsch S (2021) More than one way to smell ashore - Evolution of the olfactory pathway in terrestrial malacostracan crustaceans. Arthropod Structure & Development 60:101022. doi: 10.1016/j.asd.2020.101022 (PMID: 33385761)

Schädel M, Hörnig MK, Hyžný M, Haug JT (2021) Mass occurrence of small isopodan crustaceans in 100‑million‑year‑old amber: an extraordinary view on behaviour of extinct organisms. PalZ. doi: 10.1007/s12542-021-00564-9

Zippel* A, Kiesmüller* C, Haug GT, Müller P, Weiterschan T, Haug C, Hörnig MK, Haug JT (2021) Long-headed predators in Cretaceous amber—fossil findings of an unusual type of lacewing larva. Palaeoentomology, 004 (5): 475–498. *shared first authorship

Hörnig MK, Kiesmüller C, Müller P, Haug C, Haug JT (2020) A new glimpse on trophic interactions of 100-million-year old lacewings. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 65 (4): 777-786

Krieger J, Hörnig MK, Laidre ME (2020) Shells as ‘extended architecture’: to escape isolation, social hermit crabs choose shells with the right external architecture. Animal Cognition 23(6):1177-1187.

Krieger J, Hörnig MK, Sandeman RE, Sandeman DC, Harzsch S (2020) Masters of communication: The brain of the banded cleaner shrimp Stenopus hispidus (Olivier, 1811) with an emphasis on sensory processing areas. Journal of Comparative Neurology 528(9): 1561-1587.

Herrera-Flórez AF, Braig F, Haug C, Neumann C, Wunderlich J, Hörnig MK, Haug JT (2020) Identifying the oldest larva of a myrmeleontiformian lacewing – a morphometric approach. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.