The Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change
is a research museum of the Leibniz Association
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New experimental and computational techniques provide exciting opportunities to unravel the genomic basis of how new phenotypic traits emerge and how existing traits adapt, hence how biodiversity is formed and changed. To reconstruct the evolutionary history of novel phenotypes an integrated, phylogenomic perspective is now possible. Insects, being the most species rich phylum of higher eukaryotes, are a particularly promising and amenable system to study the complexities of evolutionary innovations.