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Fabrice Lihoreau

University lecturer Team Paleontology
Phone +33 (0)4 67 14 32 54
Localization Bâtiment 22, RDC
Mots clés Phylogeny Anatomy Cetartiodactyla Anthracotheriidae Cenozoic Paleobiogeography Hydrographic basins Aquatic lifestyle Paleoecology, Enamel microstructure.

University lecturer in Evolutive Biology at the Faculty of Science of Montpellier University since 2006, I am in charge of license and master courses for paleontology, macroevolution, and evolutive history of metazoans.

My research focus on four main themes related to mammal evolution during the Cenozoic:

1) The phylogeny of Cetartiodactyla with particular attention on hippotamid origin. This research project is based on the fossil record and includes fossil prospections, anatomical studies and cladistic analyses;

2) Inter- and intracontinental dispersal events during Cenozoic with particular focus on hydrographic basins evolution and the origin and impact of biogeographic arid barriers through analysis of aquatic mammal communities;

3) Adaptive evolution of mammals to life in water via paleoecological studies.

4) Enamel microstructure evolution in mammals using enamel section analyses and 3D simulations.

Since 2016, I am Co-PI of an ANR project (SPLASH) which aims to understand adaptation to semi-aquatic lifestyle within the sub-order of the cetancodontes (including cetaceans and hippopotamoides) during the Cenozoic in relation to environmental changes. This funded project is a collaboration between the team “paléontologie” of ISEM, Montpellier and IPHEP, Poitiers. 

  1. Lihoreau, F., Boisserie, J.-R., Manthi, F. K. and Ducrocq, S. (2015) Hippos stem from the longest sequence of terrestrial cetartiodactyl evolution in Africa. Nature comm. 6 Pages: 6264 DOI: 10.1038/ncomms7264. IF=10.74
  2. Lihoreau, F., Boisserie, J.-R., Blondel, C., Jacques, L., Likius, A., Mackaye, H. T., Vignaud, P. and Brunet, M. 2014. Description and palaeobiology of a new species of Libycosaurus (Cetartiodactyla, Anthracotheriidae) from the Late Miocene of Toros-Menalla, northern Chad. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2013.838609 IF=2.85
  1. Lihoreau F., Barry J., Blondel C., Chaimanee Y., Jaeger J J. and Brunet M. 2007. Anatomical revision of the genus Merycopotamus [Artiodactyla; Anthracotheriidae]: its significance on late Miocene mammal dispersions in Asia. Palaeontology 50 (2):503-524.
  2. Lihoreau F., Boisserie J.-R., Viriot L., Coppens Y., Likius A., Mackaye H. T., Tafforeau P., Vignaud P. and Brunet M. 2006. Evidence for a Late Miocene Chado-Libyan bioprovince: possible new dispersal ability for early Chadian Hominid. Proceeding of National Academy of Science, USA 103 (23): 8763-8767
  3. Boisserie J.-R., Lihoreau, F. and Brunet M. 2005. The position of Hippopotamidae within Cetartiodactyla. Proceeding of National Academy of Science, USA 102 (5): 1537-1541.