Géraldine GARCIA

Assistant professor

Responsable of the Valorisation of Scientific Collections Center at the University of Poitiers

Main research question

Paleoherpetologist, my research activities have focused on the evolution of reptile fauna and their environments in deep times.

Topics of study

1/ The phylogeny of reptiles, including chelonians, based on the study of fossil assemblage in continental environments, particularly aquatics.

2/ The use of environmental proxy such as:

  • the microstructure of amniotic eggshells with their ecological and biological implications
  • the growth marks on ectotherm skeletal pieces (sclerochronology) in order to characterize the seasonality. This works integrate experimentation and is developed in collaboration with Olga Otero.

I also conduct projects on the scientific heritage based on the collections of the University, with a regional paleontological part.


My study material is provided by field collections from numerous countries, particularly Ethiopia, Chad, Romania and I co-supervise field excavations in southern France and the region of La Nouvelle Aquitaine (Collab. Xavier Valentin).

Other responsibilities

  • Currently, supervision of the Bonaparte project in the CPER FEDER Insect (2015-2020) and coPI of the project 97 entitled “Biodiversity of the past in Vienne”, Fondation Lisea Biodiversité (2016-2020).

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Iconic publications

Fabien Knoll, Stephan Lautenschlager, Xavier Valentin, Verónica Díez Díaz, Xabier Pereda Suberbiola and Géraldine Garcia (2019) – First palaeoneurological study of a sauropod dinosaur from France and its phylogenetic significance – PeerJ 7:e7991 DOI 10.7717/peerj.7991.

France Polette, Alexis Licht, Aude Cincotta, David J.Batten†, Pauline Depuydt, Didier Néraudeau, Géraldine Garcia, Xavier Valentin – Palynological assemblage from the lower Cenomanian plant-bearing Lagerstätte of Jaunay-Clan-Ormeau-Saint-Denis (Vienne, western France): Stratigraphic and paleoenvironmental implications – Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology Volume 271, December 2019, 104102. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.revpalbo.2019.104102

GODEFROIT P., GARCIA G., GOMEZ B., STEIN K., CINCOTTA A., LEFEVRE U. & VALENTIN X. (2017). Extreme tooth enlargement in a new Late Cretaceous rhabdodontid dinosaur from Southern France. Scientific reports, 7, 13098 DOI:10.1038/s41598-017-13160-2.

OTERO O., GARCIA G., VALENTIN X., LIHOREAU F., MANTHI F.K. & DUCROCQ S. (2017). A glimpse at the ectotherms of the earliest fauna from the East African Rift (Lokone, late Oligocene of Kenya). Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2017.1312691.

GARCIA G., KOSTOPOULOS D.S., VALENTIN X & KOUFOS G.D. (2016). Palaeontology of the upper Miocene vertebrate localities of Nikiti (Chalkidiki Peninsula, Macedonia, Greece). Testudines: a new specimen of Testudo sensu stricto. Géobios 49(1-2), 23-27.

VALENTIN X, GODEFROIT P., TABUCE R., VIANEY-LIAUD M., WU W. & GARCIA G. (2012). First Maastrichtian vertebrate assemblage from Provence (Vitrolles-La-Plaine, France). In: Bernissart Dinosaurs and Early Cretaceous Terrestrial Ecosystems GODEFROIT, P. (Ed.). Indiana University Press, pp. 583-597.

GARCIA G., FOURNIER F., AMICO S., THOUAND E. & VALENTIN X. (2010). A new titanosaur genus (Dinosauria, Sauropoda) from the Late Cretaceous of southern France and its paleobiogeographic implications. Bulletin de la Société Géologique, 181, 3, 269-277.

GARCIA G., MARIVAUX L., PELISSIE J.T. & VIANEY-LIAUD M. (2006). Earliest Laurasian sauropod eggshells. Acta Paleontologica Polonica, 51 (1), 99-104.



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