Assistant professor

Main research question

Systematic, phylogeny of artiodactyls ; reconstruction of paleoenvironments from ungulates.

Topics of study

Development of dental meso and microwear analysis in fossil and extant ungulates.


  • Mio-Pleistocene in Africa (Chad, Ethiopia).
  • Paleogene of France (Bassin d’Aquitaine).


Iconic publications

Bonis L. de, Gardin A. & Blondel C. – Carnivora from the early Oligocene of the ‘Phosphorites du Quercy’ in southwestern France, in Bonis L. de & Werdelin L. (eds), Memorial to Stéphane Peigné: Carnivores (Hyaenodonta and Carnivora) of the Cenozoic. – Geodiversitas 41 (15): 601-621 (2019).

Romain Weppe, Cécile Blondel, Monique Vianey-Liaud, Gilles Escarguel, Thierry Pélissié, Pierre-Olivier Antoine & Maëva Judith Orliac show less – Cainotheriidae (Mammalia, Artiodactyla) from Dams (Quercy, SW France): phylogenetic relationships and evolution around the Eocene–Oligocene transition (MP19–MP21) – Journal of Systematic Palaeontology (2019). DOI : 10.1080/14772019.2019.1645754.

Guillaume Daver, Gilles Berillon, Caroline Jacquier, Yann Ardagna, Meklit Yadeta, Tiphaine Maurin, Antoine Souron, Cécile Blondel, Yves Coppens, Jean-Renaud Boisserie – « New hominin postcranial remains from locality OMO 323, Shungura Formation, Lower Omo Valley, southwestern Ethiopia » – Journal of Human Evolution: Volume 122, September 2018, Pages 23-32.

Blanchon M., Antoine P.-O., Blondel C. & de Bonis L. (2018). Rhinocerotidae (Mammalia, Perissodactyla) from the latest Oligocene Thézels locality, SW France, with a special emphasis on Mesaceratherium gaimersheimense Heissig, 1969. Annales de Paléontologie, 104(18), 217-229.

Gildas Merceron, Cécile Blondel, Noël Brunetiere, Arthur Francisco, Denis Gautier, Anusha Ramdarshan (2018) – Dental microwear and controlled food testing on sheep: The TRIDENT project – Biosurface and Biotribology, doi.org/10.1016/j.bsbt.2017.12.005.

Francisco A., Blondel C., Brunetière N., Ramdarshan A. & Merceron G. (2018) – « Enamel surface topography analysis for diet discrimination. A methodology to enhance and select discriminative parameters. » – Surf. Topogr. Metrol. Prop. 6, 015002.

Berlioz, E., Azorit, C., Blondel, C., Ruiz, M.S.T., Merceron, G., 2017. Deer in an arid habitat: dental microwear textures track feeding adaptability. Hystrix – the Italian Journal of Mammalogy. https://doi.org/10.4404/hystrix-28.2-12048

Ramdarshan, A., Blondel, C., Gautier, D., Surault, J., Merceron, G., 2017. Overcoming sampling issues in dental tribology: Insights from an experimentation on sheep. Palaeontologia Electronica. https://doi.org/10.26879/762.

Blondel C., Rowan J., Merceron G., Bibi F., Negash E., Barr W. A., Boisserie J.-R. 2018. Feeding ecology of Tragelaphini (Bovidae) from the Shungura Formation, Omo Valley, Ethiopia: Contribution of dental wear analyses. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 496, 103-120.



Tél. : +33 (0)5 49 45 37 53

Guylaine REYNAUD

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