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Jean-Christophe Auffray

CNRS research director Team Macroévolution et Développement
Phone +33 (0)4 67 14 47 16
Localization Bâtiment 22, 1er étage


Research dealing with variation and evolution of phenotypes, especially complex morphological structures (skull, mandible, teeth) in natural populations of mice (genus Mus) : Morphometric analyses and underlying mechanisms regarding (1) modularity and developmental and evolutionary integration , (2) canalization and developmental stability, (3) plasticity, selection, hybridization, etc..

Evolutionary mechanisms in genus Mus : speciation, différenciation and dispersion processes.

Head of the Institute of Evolutionary Sciences in Montpellier (France)
Member of Scientific Council of the Institute of Ecology and Environment (INEE, CNRS)



RENAUD, S., Alibert, P. & Auffray, J.-C. (2012) Modularity as a source of new morphological variation in the mandible of hybrid mice. BMC Evolutionary Biology 12 : 141.

SIAHSARVIE, R., AUFFRAY, J.-C., DARVISH, J., RAJABIMAHAM, H., YU, H.T., AGRET, S.,  BONHOMME, F., CLAUDE, J. (2012) Patterns of morphological evolution in the mandible of the house mouse Mus musculus (Rodentia: Muridae). Biol. J. Linn. Soc., 105,  635-647

RENAUD, S., PANTALACCI, S., AUFFRAY, J.-Ch. (2011) Differential Evolvability Along Lines of Least Resistance of Upper and Lower Molars in Island House Mice. PLoS ONE 6 (5), e18951.

BONHOMME, F., ORTH, A., CUCCHI, T., RAJABI-MAHAM, H., CATALAN, J., BOURSOT, P., AUFFRAY, J.-C., BRITTON-DAVIDIAN, J. (2011) Genetic differentiation of the House Mouse around the Mediterranean basin: matrilineal footprints of early and late colonisation. P. Roy. Soc. Bio. 278, 1034-1043.

MIKULA, O., AUFFRAY, J.-C. Macholan, M. (2010) Asymmetric size and shape variation in the Central European transect across the house mouse hybrid zone. Biol. J. Linn. Soc. 101, 13-27.

RENAUD, S., AUFFRAY, J.-C., DE LA PORTE, S. (2010) Epigenetic effects on the mouse mandible: common features and discrepancies in remodeling due to muscular dystrophy and response to food consistency. BMC Evolutionary Biology 10, 28.

RENAUD, S., AUFFRAY, J.-C. (2009) Adaptation and plasticity in insular evolution of the house mouse mandible. J. Zool. Syst. Evol. Res. 48(2), 138-150.

RENAUD, S., Pantalacci, S., Quéré, J.-P., Laudet, V., AUFFRAY, J.-C. (2009) Developmental constraints revealed by co-variation within and among molars rows in the two murine rodents. Evol. Dev. 11(5), 590-602.

RENAUD, S., Alibert, P. & Auffray, J.-C. (2009) Mandible shape in hybrid mice. Naturwissenschaften 96, 1043-1050.

AUFFRAY, J.-C. RENAUD, S., CLAUDE, J. (2009) Rodent in changing environments. Kasetsart J. (Nat. Sci.) 43, 94-105.



AUFFRAY, J.-C., BRITTON-DAVIDIAN, J. (2012) The house mouse and its relatives: systematics and taxonomy. In Evolution of the House Mouse (ed. M. Macholan, S.J.E. Baird, P. Munclinger & J. Piálek). Cambridge Series in Morphology and Molecules. Cambridge University Press, pp 1-35.

CUCCHI, T., AUFFRAY, J.-C. & VIGNE, J.-D. (2012) On the origin of the house mouse synanthropy and dispersal in the Near East and Europe: zooarchaeological review and perspectives. In Evolution of the House Mouse (ed. M. Macholan, S.J.E. Baird, P. Munclinger & J. Piálek). Cambridge Series in Morphology and Molecules. Cambridge University Press, pp 65-93.

AUFFRAY, J.-C., BLASDELL, K., BORDES, F., CHABE, M., CHAISIRI, K., CHARBONNEL, N., CHAVAL, Y., CLAUDE, J., COSSON, J.-F., et al. (2011) Protocols for Field and Laboratory Rodent Studies. Eds. Herbreteau, V, Jittapalapong, S., Rerkamnuaychoke, W., Chaval, Y., Cosson, J.-F., Morand, S., Kasetsart University Press. 46 pp.

ALIBERT, P. & AUFFRAY, J.-C. (2003) Genomic coadaptation, outbreeding depression and developmental instability. In Developmental Instability: Causes and Consequences (Polak M. Ed.). Pp 116-134. Oxford University Press, New York.

AUFFRAY, J.-C., DEBAT, V., ALIBERT, P. (1999) Shape asymmetry and developmental stability. In On Growth and Form : Spatio-temporal Patterning in Biology (Chaplain, MAJ et al. Eds). Pp. 309–324. Chisester : John Wiley and Sons.

AUFFRAY, J.-C. , ALIBERT, P., RENAUD, S., & BONHOMME, F. (1996). Fluctuating asymmetry in Mus musculus subspecifc hybridization: traditional and Procrustes comparative approach. In NATO ASI: Advances in Morphometrics (Marcus, L.F. et al, Eds). Ser. A Life Sci., 284, pp. 275–283. New York : Plenum Press.




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