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  • Blanke, A. IN PREP. The evolution of dragonfly wing shape. 
  • Rühr, P. T., Edel, C., Frenzel, M., Blanke, A. IN PREP. The macro-evolution of insect biting. 
  • Rühr, P. T., Edel, C., Frenzel, M., Blanke, A.IN REVIEW. forceX and forceR: a mobile setup and R package to measure and analyse a wide range of animal closing forces. Methods in Ecology and Evolution.
  • Dinges, G., Bockemühl, T., Iacovello, F., Shearing, P., Büschges, A., Blanke, A. ACCEPTED. Ultra high-resolution biomechanics suggest that microstructures within insect mechanosensors decisively affect their sensitivity. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 
  • Wanieck K., Hamann L., Bartz M., Uttich E., Hollermann M., Drack M., Beismann H. 2022. Biomimetics Linked to Classical Product Development: An Interdisciplinary Endeavor to Develop a Technical Standard. Biomimetics. 7:36.
  • Moritz, L., Borisova, E., Hammel, J. U., *Blanke, A., *Wesener, T. 2022. A previously unknown feeding mode in millipedes and the convergence of fluid feeding across arthropods. Science Advances 8 (7): eabm0577 
  • Hamann, L., Blanke, A. 2022. Suspension Feeders - Diversity, Principles of Particle Separation, and Biomimetic Potential. Journal of the Royal Society Interface 19 (186): 20210741
  • Chen, L., Gu, J.-J., Yang, Q., Ren, D., *Blanke, A., *Béthoux, O. 2021. Ovipositor and mouthparts in a fossil insect support a novel ecological role for early orthopterans in 300 million years old forests. eLife 10: e71006 .
  • Rühr, P. T., van de Kamp, T., Faragó, T., Hammel, J. U., Wilde, F., Borisova, E., Edel, C., Frenzel, M., Baumbach, T., Blanke, A. 2021. Juvenile ecology drives adult morphology in two insect orders. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 288(1953):20210616.
  • Strauß, J., Moritz, L., & Rühr, P. T. 2021. The Subgenual Organ Complex in Stick Insects: Functional Morphology and Mechanical Coupling of a Complex Mechanosensory Organ. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution, 9:632493.
  • Liessem S., Kowatschew D., Dippel S., Blanke A., Korsching S., Guschlbauer C., Hooper S.L., Predel R., Büschges A. 2021. Neuromodulation can be simple: myoinhibitory peptide, contained in dedicated regulatory pathways, is the only neurally-mediated peptide modulator of stick insect leg muscle. Journal of Neuroscience:JN-RM-0188-20.
  • Szucsich, N. U., Bartel, D., Blanke, A., Böhm, A., Donath, A., Fukui, M., Grove, S., Liu, S., Macek, O., Machida, R., Misof, B., Nakagaki, Y., Podsiadlowski, L., Sekiya, K., Tomizuka, S., von Reumont, B., Waterhouse, R., Walzl, M., Meng, G., Zhou, X., Pass, G., Meusemann K. 2020. Four myriapod relatives – but who are sisters? No end to debates  on relationships among the four major myriapod subgroups. Molecular Phylogenetics & Evolution. Provisionally accepted.
  • Peeters, A., Keller, R. A., Khalife, A., Fischer, G., Blanke, A., Economo, E. P. 2020. The evolutionary loss of flight enabled the remarkable strength of ant workers. Frontiers in Zoology 17: 33.

  • Dinges G.F., Chockley A.S., Bockemühl T., Ito K., Blanke A., Büschges A. 2020. Location and arrangement of campaniform sensilla in Drosophila melanogaster. Journal of Comparative Neurology.

  • Moritz, L., Blanke, A., Hammel, J., Wesener, T. 2020. Comparative morphology of the head of the Platydesmida (Diplopoda: Colobognatha) with an overview of the terminology for the millipede head from the English, German and Italian literature. Submitted.

  • Schucht, P. J., Rühr, P. T., Geier, B., Glaw, F., & Lambertz, M. (2020) Armored with skin and bone: A combined histological and μCT-study of the exceptional integument of the Antsingy leaf chameleon Brookesia perarmata (Angel, 1933). Journal of Morphology 281:754–764.

  • Blanke, A. 2020. Phylogenie, Biomechanik und Disparität - Auf dem Weg zu einem quantitativen Verständnis makroevolutiver Trends in der Konstruktionsmorphologie von Insekten. In: Werneburg I., Betz O. (2020). Phylogenie, Funktionsmorphologie und Bionik. Schriften zum 60. Phylogenetischen Symposium in Tübingen. Scidinge Hall Publishing. Tübingen, 332 pages. ISBN: 978-3-947020-10-2.

  • Blanke, A. 2019. The early evolution of biting-chewing performance in Hexapoda. In: Insect mouthparts – Form, function, development and performance. In: Krenn H.W. (Ed.). 2019. Insect Mouthparts: Form, Function, Development and Performance. Springer International Publishing. 683 pages. ISBN 978-3-030-29654-4.

  • Stritih Peljhan, N., Rühr, P.T., Buh, B., Strauß, J. (2019). Low-frequency vibration transmission and mechanosensory detection in the legs of cave crickets. Journal: Comparative Biochemistry and Physiology - Part A: Molecular & Integrative Physiology 233: 89-96. doi: 10.1016/j.cbpa.2019.04.003

  • Rühr, P.T., Lambertz, M. (2019). Surface contrast enhancement of integumentary structures in X-ray tomography. Journal of Anatomy 235(2):379-385. doi: 10.1111/joa.13008

  • Mail M., Klein A., Bleckmann H., Schmitz A., Scherer T., Rühr P.T., Lovric G., Fröhlingsdorf R., Gorb S.N., Barthlott W. 2018. A new bioinspired method for pressure and flow sensing based on the underwater air-retaining surface of the backswimmer Notonecta. Beilstein Journal of Nanotechnology. 9:3039–3047. doi: 10.3762/bjnano.9.282

  • Yoshizawa K., Kamimura Y., Lienhard C., Ferreira R.L., Blanke A. 2018. A biological switching valve evolved in the female of a sex-role reversed cave insect to receive multiple seminal packages. eLife. 7:e39563.

  • Blanke, A. 2018. Analysis of modularity and integration suggests evolution of dragonfly wing venation mainly in response to functional demands. Journal of The Royal Society Interface.

  • Simon, S., Blanke, A., Meusemann, K. 2018. Reviewing and reanalyzing the Palaeoptera problem – the origin of insect flight remains obscure. Arthropod Structure and Development.<wbr />2018.05.002

  • Blanke, A., Pinheiro, M., Watson, P. J., Fagan, M. J. 2018. A biomechanical analysis of prognathous and orthognathous insect head capsules: evidence for a many‐to‐one mapping of form to function. Journal of Evolutionary Biology 31: 665-674 DOI:<wbr />13251.

  • Drukewitz, S. H., Fuhrmann, N., Undheim, E. A. B., Blanke, A., Giribaldi, J., Mary, R., Laconde, G., Dutertre, S., von Reumont, B. M. 2018. A dipteran’s novel sucker punch: Evolution of arthropod atypical venom with a neurotoxic component in robber flies (Asilidae, Diptera). Toxins.

Before 2018
  • Schmelzle, S., Heethoff, M., Heuveline, V., Lösel, P., Becker, J., Beckmann, F., Schluenzen, F., Hammel, J.U., Kopmann, A., Mexner, W., Vogelgesang, M., Jerome, N.T., Betz, O., Beutel, R., Wipfler, B., Blanke, A., Harzsch, S., Hörnig, M., Baumbach, T., Kamp, T. van de, 2017. The NOVA project: maximizing beam time efficiency through synergistic analyses of SRµCT data. Presented at the Developments in X-Ray Tomography XI, International Society for Optics and Photonics, p. 103910P.

  • Liu, W., Rühr, P.T., Wesener, T. (2017). A look with μCT technology into a treasure trove of fossils: The first two fossils of the millipede order Siphoniulida discovered in Cretaceous Burmese amber (Myriapoda, Diplopoda). Cretaceous Research 74: 100-108. doi: 10.1016/j.cretres.2017.01.009

  • Betz, O., Frenzel, M., Steiner, M., Vogt, M., Kleemeier, M., Hartwig, A., Sampalla, B., Rupp, F., Boley, M. & Schmitt, C. (2017). Adhesion and friction of the smooth attachment system of the cockroach Gromphadorhina portentosa and the influence of the application of fluid adhesives. Biology open, 6(5), 589-601.

  • Suring, W., Meusemann, K., Blanke, A., Marien, J., Schol, T., Agamennone, V., Faddeeva-Vakhrusheva, A., Berg, M. P., Brouwer, B., 1KITE Basal Hexapod consortium, van Straalen, N. M., Roelofs, D. 2017. Evolutionary ecology of beta-lactam gene clusters in animals. Molecular Ecology 26: 3217-3229.

  • Blanke, A., Schmitz, H., Dutel, H., Patera, A., Fagan, M. 2017. Form function relationships in dragonfly mandibles under an evolutionary perspective. Journal of The Royal Society Interface 14: 20161038.

  • Blanke, A., Watson, P.J., Holbrey, R., Fagan, M.J. 2017. Computational biomechanics changes our view on insect head evolution. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 284: 20162412.

  • Stebner, F., Szadziewski, R., Rühr, P.T., Singh, H., Hammel, J.U., Kvifte, G.M., Rust, J. 2016. A fossil biting midge (Diptera: Ceratopogonidae) from early Eocene Indian amber with a complex pheromone evaporator. Scientific Reports 6: 34352. doi: 10.1038/srep34352

  • Laetz, E.M.J., Rühr, P.T., Bartolomaeus, T., Preisfeld, A., Wägele, H. 2016. Examining the retention of functional kleptoplasts and digestive activity in sacoglossan sea slugs. Organisms Diversity Evolution 17:87-99. doi: 10.1007/s13127-016- 0308-0

  • *David, S., Funken, J., Potthast, W., *Blanke, A. 2016. Muskuloskeletal modeling under an evolutionary perspective: Deciphering the role of single muscle regions in closely related insects. Journal of The Royal Society Interface 13: 20160675.

  • Sato, Y., Ruehr, P.T., Schmitz, H., Egas, M., Blanke, A. 2016. Age-dependent male mating tactics in a spider mite - a life history perspective. Ecology and Evolution 6: 7367–7374.

  • Fujita, M., Blanke, A., Nomura, S., Machida, R. 2016. Simple, artifact-free SEM observations of insect embryos: Application of the nano-suit method to insect embryology. Proceedings of the Arthropod Embryological Society of Japan 50: 7-10.

  • *David, S., Funken, J., Potthast, W., *Blanke, A. 2016. Musculoskeletal modelling of the dragonfly mandible system as an aid to understanding the role of single muscles in an evolutionary context. Journal of Experimental Biology 216: 1041-1049.

  • Blanke, A., Machida, R. 2016. The homology of cephalic muscles and endoskeletal elements between Diplura and Ectognatha (Insecta). Organisms Diversity & Evolution 16: 241-257.

  • Kjer, K. M., Ware, J.L., Rust, J., Wappler, T., Lanfear, R., Jermiin, L.S., Zhou, X., Aspöck, H., Aspöck, U., Beutel, R.G., Blanke, A., Donath, A., Flouri, T., Frandsen, P.B., Kapli, P., Kawahara, A.Y., Letsch, H., Mayer, C., McKenna, D.D., Meusemann, K., Niehuis, O., Peters, R.S., Wiegmann, B.M., Yeates, D.K., Reumont, B.M. v., Stamatakis, A., Misof, B. 2015. Response to comment on "Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution". Science 349: 487c.

  • Blanke, A., Rühr, P. T., Mokso, R., Stampanoni, M., Wilde, F., Machida, R., Misof, B. 2015. Structural Mouthpart Interaction Evolved Already in the Earliest Lineages of Insects. Proceedings of the Royal Society B 282: 20151033.

  • Blanke, A., Büsse, S., Machida, R. 2015. Coding characters from different life stages for phylogenetic reconstruction: a case study on dragonfly adults and larvae including a description of the larval head anatomy of Epiophlebia superstes (Odonata: Epiophlebiidae). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 174: 718-732.

  • Blanke, A., R. Machida, N. U. Szucsich, F. Wilde, and B. Misof. 2015. Mandibles with two joints evolved much earlier in the history of insects: dicondyly is a synapomorphy of bristletails, silverfish and winged insects. Systematic Entomology 40: 357-364.

  • Misof B.; Liu S.; Meusemann K.; Peters R.S.; Donath A.; Mayer C.; Frandsen P.B.; Ware J.; Flouri T.; Beutel R.G.; Niehuis O.; Petersen M.; Izquierdo-Carrasco F.; Wappler T.; Rust J.; Blanke, A. 2014. Phylogenomics resolves the timing and pattern of insect evolution. Science 346: 763-767.

  • Blanke, A., Koch, M., Wipfler, B., Wilde, F., Misof, B. 2014. Head morphology of Tricholepidion gertschi indicates monophyletic Zygentoma. Frontiers in Zoology 11: 16.

  • Blanke, A., Wesener, T. 2014. Revival of forgotten characters and modern imaging techniques help to produce a robust phylogeny of the Diplopoda (Arthropoda, Myriapoda). Special issue of Arthropod Structure & Development (“Morphology and Evolution of Myriapoda) 43: 63-75.

  • v. Reumont, B. M., Blanke, A., Richter, S., Alvarez, F., Bleidorn, C.Jenner, R. A. 2014. The first venomous crustacean revealed by transcriptomics and functional morphology: remipede venom glands express a unique toxin cocktail dominated by enzymes and a neurotoxin. Molecular Biology and Evolution 31: 48-58.

  • Blanke, A., Beckmann, F., Misof, B. 2013. The head anatomy of Epiophlebia superstes (Odonata: Epiophlebiidae). Organisms Diversity and Evolution 13: 55-66.

  • Blanke, A., Greve, C., Mokso, R., Beckmann, F., Misof, B. 2013. An updated phylogeny of Anisoptera including formal convergence analysis of morphological characters. Systematic Entomology 38: 474-490.

  • Blanke, A., Greve, C., Wipfler, B., Beutel, R.G., Holland, B., Misof, B. 2013. The identification of concerted convergence in insect heads corroborates Palaeoptera. Systematic Biology 62: 231-249.

  • Blanke, A., Wipfler, B., Letsch, H., Koch, M., Beckmann, F., Beutel, R., Misof, B. 2012. Revival of Palaeoptera – head characters support a monophyletic origin of Odonata and Ephemeroptera (Insecta). Cladistics 28: 560-581.

  • R. Mokso, L. Quaroni, F. Marone, S. Irvine, J. Vila-Comamala, A. Blanke, M. Stampanoni. 2012 X-ray mosaic nanotomography of large microorganisms. Journal of Structural Biology 177: 233-238.

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