Explore fossils

The discovery of extinct fossil communities leads us to ask ourselves many questions to understand what were the relationships between them and with their habitat.

It requires testing hypotheses and exploring current communities.

All of this allows us to offer reinterpretations of fossil data that are both more robust and more informed.

Food niches of terrestrial cercopithecines from the Plio-Pleistocene Shungura formation in Ethiopia: evidence from analysis of the texture of dental micro-wear.

The Shungura Formation in Ethiopia is the most complete stratigraphic and paleontological record of the African Plio-Pleistocene.

This study aims to explore the food ecology of two terrestrial papionins, Papio and Theropithecus of this formation, using the texture analysis of dental micro-wear.

Two aspects were investigated: the dietary differences between the extinct genera and their existing relatives, and possible dietary fluctuations over time.

Martin et al., 2018 : https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-32092-z

The food ecology of Eucladoceros ctenoides: a tool for tracking regional environmental variations in Lower Pleistocene Europe

The large cervid Eucladoceros is abundant in Europe during the Lower Pleistocene, a period corresponding to a succession of glacial – interglacial cycles characterized by a general tendency to global cooling, with increasing aridity and seasonality.

Using the texture analysis of dental micro-wear, we are exploring the food plasticity of Eucladoceros and how this reflects the climatic variations of the Lower Pleistocene.

Berlioz et al., 2018 : https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1631068317300908

Contribution of dental micro-wear analyzes in the exploration of the past environment of the Shungura formation (Omo Valley, Ethiopia)

Analysis of the food preferences of a group of Bovids in order to better understand the environment of the Plio-Pleistocene, in the Shungura formation located in the Lower Omo Valley of Ethiopia.

Blondel et al., 2018 : https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0031018217301700

Study of paleo-communities of herbivores 8 million years ago in northern Greece

This study aimed to explore the past environment present at the end of the Miocene in a site located in the north of Greece, by combining analyzes of dental micro-wear of equines and bovids with studies of phytoliths found in site sediments.

Merceron et al., 2016 : https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S001669951600005X

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