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Rodolphe Tabuce

CNRS research scientist Team Paleontology
Phone +33 (0)4 67 14 36 25
Localization Bâtiment 22, RDC

Permanent researcher with the CNRS

Major scientific topics: early Tertiary emergence, diversification, and paleobiogeographic history of Afro-Arabian mammals; late Cretaceous European placentals; faunal turnover during the Paleocene Eocene Thermal Maximum.



  • Benoit J., Lehmann T., Vatter M., Lebrun R., Merigeaud S., Costeur L. & Tabuce R. (submitted). New insight into the ear region and bony labyrinth of Bibymalagasia (Mammalia, Afrotheria)
  • Benoit J., Crumpton N., Merigeaud S. & Tabuce R. (submitted). Petrosal and bony labyrinth morphology supports paraphyly of Elephantulus within Macroscelididae (Mammalia, Afrotheria).
  • Benoit J., Essid M., Tabuce R. & Marivaux L. (submitted). New insights into the ear region anatomy and cranial blood supply of stem Strepsirhini: evidence from three primate petrosals from the Eocene of Chambi, Tunisia.
  • Chassagne-Manoukian M., Haddoumi H., Cappetta H., Charrière A., Feist M., Tabuce R. & Vianey-Liaud M. (submitted). Dating the “red beds” of the Eastern Moroccan High Plateaus: evidence from Late Cretaceous charophytes and dinosaur eggshells
  • Tabuce R., Tortosa T., Vianey-Liaud M., Garcia G., Lebrun R., Dutour Y., Berton S., Godefroit P., Valentin X. & Cheylan C. (submitted). New fossil eutherian mammals from the Late Cretaceous of Aix-en-Provence Basin, southeastern France.
  • Vialle N., Merzeraud G., Essid M., Khayati H., Delmer C., Feist M., Jiquel S., Marivaux L., Ramdarshan A., Vianey-Liaud M. & Tabuce R. (submitted). Discovery of ?Arsinoitherium (Mammalia, Embrithopoda) in the late Eocene of Tunisia.

2013 and in press

  • (43) Benoit J., Crumpton N., Merigeaud S. & Tabuce R. (in press). A memory already like an elephant? The advanced brain morphology of the last common ancestor of Afrotheria (Mammalia). Brain, Behaviour and Evolution.
  • (42) Mourer-Chauviré C., Tabuce R., Essid M., Marivaux L., Khayati H., Vianey-Liaud M. & Ben Haj Ali M. (in press). A small Galliform and a small Cuculiform from the Eocene of Tunisia. Proceedings du 8th International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, Muséum d’Histoire naturelle de Vienne.
  • (41) Solé F., Lhuillier J., Adaci M., Bensalah M., Mahboubi M. & Tabuce R. (in press). The hyaenodontidans from the Gour Lazib area (?Early Eocene, Algeria): implications concerning the systematics and the origin of the Hyainailourinae and Teratodontinae. Journal of Systematic Paleontology.
  • (40) Benoit J., Orliac M. & Tabuce R. (in press). The petrosal of Chambius (Macroscelidea, Afrotheria) from the Eocene of Djebel Chambi (Tunisia) and the evolution of the ear region in elephant-shrews. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.
  • (39) Gheerbrant E., Cappetta H., Rage J.-C. & Tabuce R. (in press). Les faunes de vertébrés marins et terrestres du Paléogène du Bassin d’Ouarzazate, Maroc, in : La Paléontologie des Vertébrés du Maroc, Mémoire de la Société Géologique de France.
  • (38) Benoit J., Ben Haj Ali M., Adnet S., El Mabrouk E., Hayet K., Marivaux L., Merzeraud G., Merigeaud S., Vianey-Liaud M. & Tabuce R. (2013). Cranial remain from Tunisia provides new clues for the origin and evolution of Sirenia (Mammalia, Afrotheria) in Africa. PLoS One, 8, e54307.


  • (37) Coster P., Benammi M., Mahboubi M., Tabuce R., Adaci M., Marivaux L., Bensalah M., Mahboubi S., Mahboubi A., Maameri C. & Jaeger J.-J. (2012). Chronology of the Eocene continental deposits of Africa: magnetostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of the El Kohol and Glib Zegdou Formations, Algeria. Geological Society of America Bulletin 124, 1590-1606.
  • (36) Marandat B., Adnet S., Marivaux L., Martinez A., Vianey-Liaud M. & Tabuce R. (2012). A new mammalian fauna from the earliest Eocene (Ilerdian) of the Corbières (Southern France); paleobiogeographical implications. Swiss Journal of Geosciences 105, 417-434.
  • (35) Valentin X., Godefroit P., Tabuce R., Vianey-Liaud M., Wu W. & Garcia G. (2012). First Maastrichtian (latest Cretaceous) vertebrate assemblage from Provence (Vitrolles-La-Plaine, southern France), in Bernissart Dinosaurs and Early Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems (Godefroit P., ed), Indiana University Press, 583-597.
  • (34) Hautier L., Sarr R., Tabuce R., Lihoreau F., Adnet S., Domning D. P., Samb M. & Marwan Hameh P. (2012). First prorastomid sirenian from Senegal (Western Africa) and the Old World origin of sea cows. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 32, 1218-1222.
  • (33) Ravel A., Marivaux L., Tabuce R., Ben Haj Ali M., Essid E.M. & Vianey-Liaud M. (2012). A new large philisid (Mammalia, Chiroptera, Vespertilionoidea) from the late Early Eocene of Chambi, Tunisia. Palaeontology 5, 1035-1041.
  • (32) Tabuce R., Jaeger J.-J., Marivaux L., Salem M., Bilal A. A., Benammi M., Chaimanee Y., Coster P., Marandat B., Valentin X. & Brunet M. (2012). New stem elephant-shrews (Mammalia, Macroscelidea) from the Eocene of Dur at-Talah, Libya. Palaeontology 55, 945-955.


  • (31) Marivaux L., Tabuce R., Lebrun R., Ravel A., Adaci M., Mahboubi M. & Bensalah M. (2011). Talar morphology of azibiids, strepsirhine-related primates from the Eocene of Algeria: phylogenetic affinities and locomotor adaptation. Journal of Human Evolution 61, 447-457.
  • (30) Mourer-Chauviré C., Tabuce R., Mahboubi M., Adaci M. & Bensalah M. (2011). A Phororhacoid bird from the Eocene of Africa. Naturwissenschaften 98, 815-823.
  • (29) Marivaux L., Adaci M., Bensalah M., Gomes Rodrigues H., Hautier L., Mahboubi M., Mebrouk F., Tabuce R. & Vianey-Liaud M. (2011). Zegdoumyidae (Rodentia, Mammalia), the stem anomaluroid rodents from the early to middle Eocene of Algeria (Gour Lazib, Western Sahara): new dental evidence. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 9, 563-588.
  • (28) Ravel A., Marivaux L., Tabuce R., Adaci M., Mahboubi M., Mebrouk F. &  Bensalah M. (2011). The oldest African bat from the early Eocene of El Kohol (Algeria). Naturwissenschaften 98, 397-405.
  • (27) Tabuce R., Clavel J. & Telles Antunes M. (2011) A structural intermediate between triisodontids and mesonychians (Mammalia, Acreodi) from the earliest Eocene of Portugal. Naturwissenschaften 98, 145-155.
  • (26) Tabuce R., Charruault A.-L., Adaci M., Bensalah M., Ben Haj Ali M., Essid E. M., Marivaux L., Vianey-Liaud M. & Mahboubi M. (2011). The early Eocene radiation of Hyracoidea (Mammalia, Afrotheria): new fieldwork evidence from northwestern Africa ; pp. 161-162 in T. Lehmann, & S. F. K. Schaal (éds.), The World at the time of Messel, Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History Museum Frankfurt.


  • (abstract) Marivaux L., Adaci M., Mebrouk F., Tabuce R. & Mahboubi M. (2010). The Zegdoumyidae (Rodentia, Mammalia) from the Early Paleogene of Algeria : new dental evidence on stem anomaluroid rodents. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology p129A.
  • (abstract) Ravel A., Marivaux L., Tabuce R. & Mahboubi M. (2010). Oldest bat (Chiroptera) from Africa : Early Eocene from El Kohol (Algeria). Society of Vertebrate Paleontology p149A.
  • (abstract) Tabuce R., Adaci M., Hautier L., Mennecart B. & Mahboubi M. (2010). Solving the mystery of the enigmatic mammal Helioseus insolitus: a highly derived hyrax from the Eocene of Gour Lazib, Algeria. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology p173A.
  • (25) Adnet S., Cappetta H. & Tabuce R. (2010). A New Eocene vertebrate fauna (selachians and mammals) from southwestern Morocco: preliminary report. Age and palaeobiogeographical implications. Geological Magazine 147, 860-870.


  • (24) Tabuce R., Marivaux L., Lebrun R., Adaci M., Bensalah M., Fabre P.-H., Fara E., Gomes-Rodrigues H., Hautier L., Jaeger J.-J., Lazzari V., Mebrouk F., Peigné S., Sudre J., Tafforeau P., Valentin X. & Mahboubi M. (2009). Anthropoid vs. strepsirhine status of the African Eocene primates Algeripithecus and Azibius : craniodental evidence. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science 276, 4087-4094.
  • (23) Tabuce R. (2009) Evolution of enamel microstructure in Hyracoidea (Mammalia, Afrotheria). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29 (3 supp):189A.
  • (22) Tabuce R., Telles Antunes M. & Sigé B. (2009). A new primitive bat from the earliest Eocene of Europe. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 29 (2), 627–630.
  • (21) Mebrouk F., Tabuce R., Cappetta H. & Feist M. (2009) Charophytes du Crétacé/Paléocène du Moyen-Atlas (Maroc) : systématique et implications biochronologiques. Revue de Micropaléontologie 52, 131-139.


  • (20) Tabuce R., Asher R. J. & Lehmann T. (2008). Afrotherian mammals: a review of current data. Mammalia 72, 2-14.
  • (19) Noubhani A., Hautier L., Jaeger J.-J., Mahboubi M. & Tabuce R. (2008). Variabilité dentaire et crânienne de Numidotherium koholense (Mammalia, Proboscidea) de l’Eocène d’El Kohol, Algérie. Geobios 41, 515-531.


  • (18) Tabuce R., Marivaux L., Adaci M., Bensalah M., Hartenberger J.-L., Mahboubi M., Mebrouk F., Tafforeau P. & Jaeger J.-J. (2007). Early Tertiary mammals from North Africa reinforce the molecular Afrotheria clade. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Science 274, 1159-1166.
  • (17) Adaci M., Tabuce R., Mebrouk F., Bensalah M., Fabre P.-H., Hautier L., Jaeger J.-J., Lazzari V., Mahboubi M., Marivaux L., Otero O., Peigné S. & Tong H. (2007). Découverte de nouveaux sites à vertébrés dans les formations paléogènes de la région des Gour Lazib/Glib Zegdou (Sahara Nord-occidental, Algérie). Comptes rendus Palevol 6, 535-544.
  • (16) Tabuce R., Delmer C. & Gheerbrant E. (2007). Evolution of the tooth enamel microstructure in the earliest proboscideans (Mammalia). Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 149, 611-628.


  • (15) Tabuce R., Telles Antunes M., Smith R. & Smith T. (2006). Dental variability and tarsal morphology of the European Paleocene/Eocene mammal Microhyus. Acta Paleontologica Polonica 51, 37-52.
  • (14) Delmer, C., Mahboubi M., Tabuce R. & Tassy P. (2006). A new species of Moeritherium (Proboscidea, Mammalia) from the Eocene of Algeria. Palaeontology 49, 421-434.


  • (13) Tabuce R., Adnet S., Cappetta H., Noubhani A. & Quillevere F. (2005). Aznag (bassin d’Ouarzazate, Maroc), nouvelle localité à sélaciens et mammifères de l’Eocène d’Afrique. Bulletin de la Société Géologique de France 176 (4), 381-400.
  • (12) Tabuce R. & L. Marivaux. (2005). Mammalian interchanges between Africa and Eurasia : an analysis of temporal constraints for the plausible Paleogene anthropoid dispersions. Anthropological Sciences 113, 27-32.


  • (11) Colin J.-P. & Tabuce R. (2004). Ostracodes limniques dans la Formation d’Irbzer, Crétacé terminal du Moyen Atlas, Maroc : taxonomie, biostratigraphie, paléoécologie, paléobiogéographie. Revue de Micropaléontologie 47 (2), 103-109.
  • (10) Tabuce R., Vianey-Liaud M. & Garcia G. (2004). A eutherian mammal in the latest Cretaceous of Vitrolles, southern France. Acta Paleontologica Polonica 49 (3), 347-356.
  • (9) Tabuce R., Mahboubi M., Tafforeau P. & Sudre J. (2004). Discovery of a highly specialized Plesiadapiformes (Mammalia, Primates) in the Eocene of Africa. Journal of Human Evolution 47, 305-321.
  • (8) Delmer C., Tabuce R., Tassy P. & Mahboubi M. (2004). A new species of Moeritherium (Prosboscidea, Tethytheria) from the Upper Eocene of Algeria : impact on the definition of the genus and implications for tethytherian phylogeny. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 24 (3 supp.), 51A.


  • (7) Garcia G., Tabuce R., Cappetta H., Marandat B., Bentaleb I., Benabdallah A. &  Vianey-Liaud M. (2003). First dinosaur eggshells and bones discovery in North African Maastrichtian (Morocco). Palaeovertebrata 32, 59-69.
  • (6) Mahboubi M., Tabuce R., Mebrouk F., Coiffait B., Coiffait P.-E. & Jaeger J.-J. (2003). L’Éocène continental à vertébrés de la bordure Sud des Monts des Nementcha (Atlas saharien oriental, Algérie)- Précisions stratigraphiques et implications paléobiogéographiques. Bulletin du Service Géologique de l’Algérie 14 (1), 27-35.


  • (5) Mahboubi M., Sudre J., Tabuce R., Mebrouk F., Feist M., Vianey-Liaud M., Crochet J.-Y., Godinot M. & Jaeger J.-J. (2002). Etat actuel des connaissances sur les formations continentales éocènes de la bordure septentrionale de la Hammada du Draa (région de Glib Zegdou et des Gour Lazib, Sahara occidental algérien). Données biostratigraphiques, bilan paléontologique et conséquences paléobiogéographiques. Mémoire du Service Géologique de l’Algérie 11, 1-11.


  • (4) Tabuce R., Coiffait B., Coiffait P.-E., Mahboubi M. & Jaeger J.-J. (2001). A new genus of Macroscelidea (Mammalia) from the Eocene of Algeria : a possible origin for elephant-shrews. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 21 (3), 535-546.
  • (3) Tabuce R., Mahboubi M. & Sudre J. (2001). Reassessment of the Algerian Eocene hyracoid Microhyrax. Consequences on the early diversity and basal phylogeny of the order Hyracoidea (Mammalia). Eclogae geologicae Helvetiae 94, 537-545.
  • (2) Tabuce R., Coiffait B., Coiffait P.-E., Mahboubi M. & Jaeger J.-J. (2001). Knowledge of the evolution of African Paleogene mammals: contribution of the Bir El Ater locality (Eocene, Algeria), pages 215-229. In : Denys, C., Granjon, L. et Poulet, A. (eds), African Small Mammals. IRD Editions, Paris.


  • (1) Tabuce R., Coiffait B., Coiffait P.-E., Mahboubi M. & Jaeger J.-J. (2000). A new species of Bunohyrax (Hyracoidea, Mammalia) from the Eocene of Bir El Ater (Algeria). Comptes rendus de l’Académie des Sciences, Paris 331, 61-66.