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Rodolphe Tabuce


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Work interests

Paleomammalogist and anatomist, my research activities are centred around two main themes: i) on the initial radiation and basal phylogeny of Afrotherian mammals (mainly hyracoids, macroscelideans and proboscideans) and ii) on the evolution of mammal faunas from Southern Europe during the extreme climate warming episodes that characterized the Early Eocene. In this macroevolutionary and climate perspectives, I analyze pattern and timing of placental evolution, by carrying out systematic, phylogenetic, and paleobiogeographic studies. This work is based on extensive fieldwork, the only real source of novelty in palaeontology, and on multidisciplinary collaborations regarding paleoenvironmental and chronological aspects.

Keywords :

Mammals – Africa – Europe – Cenozoic – Macro-evolution

Additional roles and responsibilities :

– Chief Editor of Palaeovertebrata (
– Member of the Regional Geological Heritage Commission (Occitanie region),
– Member of the Regional Scientific Council for Natural Heritage (Occitanie region)

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.