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Sylvain Adnet

Université de Montpellier

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Work interests

Being paleontogist, I am particularly interested in the evolution of Elasmobranchs (our living Sharks & Rays) by regularly switching between neontological data and those from the deep times thanks to the collecting of fossils all over the world by our team. This last decades, I have been particularly interested in the adaptability of Elasmobranchs, whether through the past adaptations to deep or to freshwater, the evolution of prey / predators complex over deep time as well as the migratory dynamics of Elasmobranchs in response to the major environmental changes of the Meso-Cenozoic period (Biotic crises & climatic events). Furthermore, I try to share this macro range vision of evolution in academic teaching through both practical (anatomy, fieldwork) and theoretical courses.

Keywords :

Macroevolution – Elasmobranches – Adaptation – Fossil register – Education

Additional roles and responsibilities :

– Associate director of teaching department TEE (FDS, UM)
– Manager of Master BEE Paleontology

The Institute of Evolutionary Science of Montpellier (ISEM – University of Montpellier, CNRS, IRD, EPHE, CIRAD, INRAP) has been focusing research on biodiversity origins and dynamics and the associated evolutionary mechanisms.