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Currently, I have published 35 papers in peer reviewed journals; they are listed in reverse chronological order below with links to the original publication (journal web page). Most papers are available as PDF via ResearchGate. 

Publications - Papers

35 Anatomical comparison across heads, fore‐and hindlimbs in mammals using network models

Ziermann JM, Boughner JC, Esteve-Altava B, Diogo R


Journal of Anatomy. (24 Feb 2021)

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Ziermann 2021 proposed cover image; by Janine Ziermann

Ziermann 2020 Cur Mol Biol Rep: Fig 1; By Janine Ziermann

Developmental Correlations of Head and Heart Musculature: Importance for Understanding Human Syndromes

Ziermann JM


Current Molecular Biology Reports (2020) DOI:

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First use of anatomical networks to study modularity and integration of heads, forelimbs and hindlimbs in abnormal anencephalic and cyclopic vs normal human development.

Diogo R*, Ziermann JM*, Smith C*, Alghamdi M*, Fuentes JSM, Duerinckx A (*Co-first authors)

Scientific Reports (2019) 9:7821.

Diogo et al. 2019 Sci Rep: Figure by Christopher Smith

(33) 2019 Diogo et al 2019 MS FV SciRep.

Neural crest and the patterning of vertebrate craniofacial muscles

Ziermann JM, Diogo R, Noden DM

Genesis, The Journal of Genetics and Development. Special issue. (2018): 1-39. 

DOI: 10.1002/dvg.23097

Ziermann et al. 2018 Genesis: Fig. 10; by Drew Noden

Detailed Musculoskeletal Study of a Fetus with Trisomy 18 (Edwards Syndrome) with Langer’s axillary arch, and comparison with other cases of human congenital malformations

Alghamdi MA, Diogo R, Izquierdo R, Pastor FF, Ziermann JM*

Journal of Anatomical Science and Research (2018) 1:1-8.

Alghamdi et al. 2018 JASR:

Fig. 1; by Malak Alghamdi

30 Innervation of the Long Head of the Triceps Brachii in Humans – a Fresh Look

Wade M, McDowell A, Ziermann JM*

The Anatomical Record (2018) 301:473–483. DOI 10.1002/ar.23741 

Special issue “Behavioral Adaptations in Muscle Functional Morphology”

(Guest editor: A Hartstone-Rose)

Wade et al. 2018 AnatRec:

Fig. 2; by Janet Frankovic

Cephalic Muscle Development in the Australian Lungfish, Neoceratodus forsteri

Ziermann JM, Clement A, Ericsson R, Olsson L

Journal of Morphology (2018) 279:494–516. DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20784

Ziermann et al. 2018 JMorph:

Fig. 1; by Janine Ziermann

Anatomical Variations of the Deep Head of Cruveilhier of the Flexor Pollicis Brevis and its Significance for the Evolution of the Precision Grip

Dunlap SS, Aziz MA, Ziermann JM*

PLoS ONE (2017) 12(11): e0187402. 

Dunlap et al. 2017 PLoS ONE:

Fig. 1; by Janine Ziermann

The Cardiopharyngeal Field in the Light of Evolutionary Medicine - Implications for Human Syndromes

Ziermann JM, Fahimuddin F, Forrester A, Singh S

Journal of Human Anatomy (2017) 1(2): 000110. 10pp.

Ziermann et al. 2017 JOHA:

Fig. 2; by Janine Ziermann, modified from Julia Molnar in Diogo et al. 2016

Muscle Development in the shark Scyliorhinus canicula: Implications for the Evolution of the Gnathostome Head and Paired Appendage Musculature

Ziermann JM, Freitas R, Diogo R

Frontiers in Zoology (2017) 14, 31. 17pp. 

DOI: 10.1186/s12983-017-0216-y

Ziermann et al. 2017 Frontiers in Zool:

Fig. 6; by Janine Ziermann

A Historical Review on the Muscle of Cruveilhier

Aziz MA, Dunlap SS, Ziermann JM*

Medical Research Archives (2017) 5(3), 26pp.

Aziz et al. 2017 MRA:

Fig. 1; by Janine Ziermann

A Detailed Musculoskeletal Study of a Fetus with Anencephaly and Spina Bifida (Craniorachischisis), and Comparison with other Cases of Human Congenital Malformations

Alghamdi MA, Ziermann JM, Gregg L, Diogo R

Journal of Anatomy (2017) 230, 842–858.

DOI: 10.1111/joa.12601

Alghamdi et al. 2017 JAnat:

Fig. 6; by Malak Alghamdi

An Untold Story in Biology: The Historical Continuity of Evolutionary Ideas of Muslim Scholars from the 8th Century to Darwin’s Time

Malik AH, Ziermann JM, Diogo R

Journal of Biological Education (2017) 52(1), 3–17.

Malik et al. 2017 JBioEd:

Fig. 2; by Aamina Malik


  • Alghamdi MA, Ziermann JM, Diogo R. (2017) An Untold Story: The Important Contributions of Muslim Scholars for the Understanding of Human Anatomy. The Anatomical Record 300, 986–1008 (DOI: 10.1002/ar.23523).

  • Diogo R, Smith CM, Ziermann JM. (2015) Evolutionary developmental pathology and anthropology: A new area linking development, comparative anatomy, human evolution, morphological variations and defects, and medicine. Developmental Dynamics 244 (11), 1357–1374 (DOI: 10.1002/dvdy.24336).

  • 20 Reid SN, Ziermann JM, Gondre-Lewis MC. (2015) Genetically induced abnormal cranial development in Human Trisomy 18 with holoprosencephaly: Comparisons with the normal tempo of osteo-neural development. Journal of Anatomy 227(1), 21–33 (DOI: 10.1111/joa.12326).

  • Diogo R, Kelly RG, Christiaen L, Levine M, Ziermann JM, Molnar JL, Noden DM, Tzahor E. (2015) A new heart for a new head in vertebrate cardiopharyngeal evolution. Nature 520, 466–473 (DOI:10.1038/nature14435).

  • Diogo R, Walsh S, Smith C, Ziermann JM, Abdala V. (2015) Towards the resolution of a long-standing evolutionary question: muscle identity and attachments are mainly related to topological position and not to primordium or homeotic identity of digits. Journal of Anatomy 226 (6), 523–529 (DOI: 10.1111/joa.12301).

  • Diogo R, Ziermann JM. (2015) Development, metamorphosis, morphology and diversity: the evolution of chordate muscles and the origin of vertebrates. Developmental Dynamics – Special issue: ‘Evolution and Morphological Diversity’ 244(9), 1046-1057 (DOI: 10.1002/dvdy.24245).

  • Diogo R, Ziermann JM. (2015) Muscles of chondrichthyan paired appendages: comparison with osteichthyans, deconstruction of the fore-hindlimb serial homology dogma, and new insights on the evolution of the vertebrate neck. The Anatomical Record 298, 513–530 (2014: DOI: 10.1002/ar.23047).

  • Diogo R, Ziermann JM, Linde-Medina M. (2015) Specialize or risk disappearance–empirical evidence of anisomerism based on comparative and developmental studies of gnathostome head and limb musculature. Biological Reviews 90(3), 964–978.

  • Diogo R, Ziermann JM, Linde-Medina M. (2015) Is evolutionary biology becoming too politically correct? A reflection on the scalae naturae, phylogenetically basal clades, anatomically plesiomorphic taxa, and "lower" animals. Biological Reviews 90, 502–521 (2014a: DOI: 10.1111/brv.12121).

  • Ziermann JM, Miyashita T, Diogo R. (2014) Cephalic muscles of Cyclostomes (hagfishes and lampreys) and Chondrichthyes (sharks, rays and holocephalans): comparative anatomy and early evolution of the vertebrate head. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 172(4), 771–802 (DOI: 10.1111/zoj.12186).

  • Ziermann JM, Mitgutsch C, Olsson L. (2014) Analyzing developmental sequences with Parsimov – a case study of cranial muscle development in anuran larvae. Journal of Experimental Zoology (Mol. Dev. Evol.) 322B, 584–604 (Special issue: DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22566). Special Issue (322B – 8): Quantifying evolutionary development using non-model organisms: integrating morphology, metrical frameworks, and gene expression (Guest editors: L Wilson & I Werneburg).

  • Wielstra B, Duijm E, Lagler P, Lammers Y, Meilink WRW, Ziermann JM, Arntzen JW. (2014) Parallel tagged amplicon sequencing of transcriptome-based genetic markers for Triturus newts with the Ion Torrent next-generation sequencing platform. Molecular Ecology Resources 14(5), 1080-1089 (DOI: 10.1111/1755-0998.12242).

  • 10 Aversi-Ferreira RAGMF, Maior RS, Aziz A, Ziermann JM, Nishijo H, Tomaz  C, Tavares MCH, Aversi-Ferreira TA. (2014) Anatomical analysis of thumb opponency movement in the Capuchin monkey (Sapajus sp.). PLoS ONE 9(2): e87288, 8pp (doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0087288)

  • Ziermann JM, Diogo R. (2014) Cranial muscle development in frogs with different developmental modes: direct development vs. biphasic development. Journal of Morphology 275, 398–413 (2013: DOI: 10.1002/jmor.20223).

  • Diogo R, Ziermann JM. (2014) Development of fore- and hindlimb muscles in frogs: Morphogenesis, homeotic transformations, digit reduction, and the forelimb-hindlimb enigma. Journal of Experimental Zoology (Mol. Dev. Evol.) 322B, 86–105 (2013: DOI: 10.1002/jez.b.22549).

  • Aversi-Ferreira RAGMF, Abreu T, Pfrimer GA, Silva SF, Ziermann JM, Carneiro-e-Silva FO, Tomaz C, Tavares MCH, Maior RS, Aversi-Ferreira TA. (2013) Comparative anatomy of the hind limb vessels of the Bearded Capuchins (Sapajus libidinosus) with apes, baboons and Cebus capucinus: With comments of the vessels’ role on bipedalism. BioMed Research International; Volume 2013, Article ID 737358, 15pp (DOI: 1–15.).

  • Arntzen JW, McAtear J, Recuero E, Ziermann JM, Ohler A, van Alphen J, Martinez-Solana I. (2013) Morphological and genetic differentiation of Bufo species in western Europe. Contributions to Zoology 82 (4), 147–169.

  • Ziermann JM, Diogo R. (2013) Cranial muscle development in the model organism Ambystoma mexicanum: implications for tetrapod and vertebrate comparative and evolutionary morphology and notes on ontogeny and phylogeny. The Anatomical Record 296, 1031–1048 (DOI 10.1002/ar.22713).

  • Ziermann JM, Infante C, Hanken J, Olsson L. (2013) Morphology of the cranial skeleton and musculature in the obligate carnivorous tadpole of Lepidobatrachus laevis (Anura, Ceratophryidae). Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) (1) 2013: 101–112 (2011: doi: 10.1111/j.1463-6395.2011.00525.x). 

    • Cover picture Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 1/2013

  • Ericsson R, Ziermann JM, Piekarski N, Schubert G, Joss J, Olsson L. (2009) Cell fate and timing in the evolution of neural crest and mesoderm development in the head region of amphibians and lungfishes. Acta Zoologica (Stockholm) 90 (1 Suppl.), 264–272.

  • Sánchez-Villagra MR, Ziermann JM, Olsson L. (2008) Limb chondrogenesis in Graptemys nigrinoda (Emydidae), with comments on the primary axis and the digital arch in turtles. Amphibia-Reptilia 29, 85–92.

  • Ziermann JM, Olsson L. (2007a) Patterns of spatial and temporal cranial muscle development in the African Clawed Frog, Xenopus laevis (Anura: Pipidae). Journal of Morphology 268 (1 Suppl.), 791–804.

    • Ziermann JM, Olsson L. (2007b) A new staging table for stages relevant to cranial muscle development in the African Clawed Frog, Xenopus laevis (Anura: Pipidae). Journal of Morphology 268, (electronic supplement to Ziermann and Olsson, 2007a).

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