Camille GROHÉ

Postdoctoral Researcher
Associated member

Main research question

My research aims at better understanding the mechanisms driving the evolutionary dynamics of communities and ecosystems. I am particularly interested in the evolution of interactions between carnivoran mammals (lions, saber-toothed cats, hyaenas, dogs…) and hominins in eastern Africa from the Miocene to the Pleistocene.

Topics of study

Description of the fossil biodiversity of carnivoran mammals, notably during the Plio-Pleistocene of eastern Africa.

Analyses of phylogenetical relationships between species, both fossil and extant, and investigation of their biogeographic history.

Investigation of the paleoecology of fossil species using extant species as models.

For example, I perform 3D geometric morphometrics analyses and analyses of correlations under various evolutionary models (i.e., taking into account phylogenetical relationships between species) in order to understand the relationship between the shape of a structure (e.g., mandible, inner ear) and its function (e.g., diet, locomotion, acoustic capabilities). These methods help me to reveal morphological adaptations of carnivoran species to different kinds of environments.

Study of the interactions between carnivorans and Hominini, notably during the appearance and the intensification of a meat consumption behaviour in hominins.


I participated to several field works, notably in Myanmar (Late Miocene of the Irrawaddy Formation) with Jean-Jacques Jaeger and Olivier Chavasseau, in China (Middle Miocene of the Tunggur Formation, Inner Mongolia) with Xiaoming Wang (Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County), in the United States (Paleogene of the Washakie and Bridger Formations, Wyoming) with John Flynn (American Museum of Natural History of New York), and in Ethiopia with Jean-Renaud Boisserie (Plio-Pleistocene of the Shungura Formation, lower Omo Valley).

I am currently studying fossil remains of carnivoran mammals discovered during the annual field works conducted by the Omo Group Research Expedition in collaboration with Jean-Renaud Boisserie.


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Iconic publications

Grohé C. (sous presse). Carnivora, chapter 9. Dans Bibi F., Kraatz B.P., Beech M.J., Hill A. (Eds.) Sands of Time: Late Miocene Fossils from the Baynunah Formation, U.A.E. Springer : Cham, Suisse. En savoir plus…

Bonis L. de, Grohé C., Surault J., Gardin A. 2022 – Description of the first cranium and endocranial structures of Stenoplesictis minor (Mammalia, Carnivora), an early aeluroid from the Oligocene of the Quercy Phosphorites (southwestern France) – Historical Biology. – doi: 10.1080/08912963.2022.2045980

Bonis, Grohé C., Chaimanee Y., Jaeger J.-J., Yamee C., Rugbumrung M., 2021 – New fossil Carnivora from Thailand: transcontinental paleobiostratigraphic correlations and paleobiogeographical implications – Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie – Abhandlungen 299(3): 319-332 – DOI: 10.1127/njgpa/2021/0972

Grohé, C., L. de Bonis, Y. Chaimanee, O. Chavasseau, M. Rugbumrung, C. Yamee, K. Suraprasit, C. Gibert, J. Surault, C. Blondel, J.-J. Jaeger. 2020 – The late middle Miocene Mae Moh Basin of northern Thailand: the richest Neogene fauna of Carnivora from Southeast Asia and a paleobiogeographic analysis of Miocene eastern Asian faunas. American Museum Novitates 3952: 1-57. – – CNRS news

Martinez Q., Clavel J., Esselstyn J., Achmadi A.S., Grohé C., Pirot N., Fabre P.-H. 2020 – Convergent evolution of olfactory and thermoregulatory capacities in small amphibious mammals. PNAS. DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1917836117

Grohé C., Bonis L. de, Chaimanee Y., Surault J., Jaeger J.-J., 2020 – 3D models related to the publication: The late middle Miocene Mae Moh Basin of northern Thailand: the richest Neogene assemblage of Carnivora from Southeast Asia and a paleobiogeographic analysis of Miocene Asian carnivorans. MorphoMuseuM, 6:e109. DOI: 10.18563/journal.m3.109

Travis Park, Bastien Mennecart, Loïc Costeur, Camille Grohé and Natalie Cooper, 2019 – – Convergent evolution in toothed whale cochleae – BMC Evol Biol. 19: 195. doi: 10.1186/s12862-019-1525-x.

Costeur L., Grohé C., Aguirre-Fernandez G., Ekdale E., Schultz G., Müller B., Mennecart B., 2018 – The bony labyrinth of toothed whales reflects both phylogeny and environmental preferences. Scientific Reports, 8 : 7841. DOI : 10.1038/s41598-018-26094-0.

Velazco, P.M., Grohé C., 2018 – 3D models related to the publication: Comparative anatomy of the bony labyrinth of the bats Platalina genovensium (Phyllostomidae, Lonchophyllinae) and Tomopeas ravus (Molossidae, Tomopeatinae). MorphoMuseuM, 3 (4)-e2. DOI : 10.18563/m3.3.4.e2.

Grohé C., Lee B., Flynn J.J., 2018 – Recent inner ear specialization for high-speed hunting in cheetahs. Scientific Reports, 8 : 2301. DOI : 10.1038/s41598-018-20198-3.

Wang, X., Grohé C., Su D.F., White S.C., Ji X., Kelley, J., Jablonski, N.G., Deng, T., You Y., Yang, X., 2017 – A new otter of giant size, Siamogale melilutra (Lutrinae: Mustelidae: Carnivora), from the latest Miocene Shuitangba site in northeastern Yunnan, southwestern China and a total evidence phylogeny of lutrines. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. DOI : 10.1080/14772019.2016.1267666

Tseng Z.J., Grohé C., Flynn J.J., 2016 – A dual-feeding model for the unique predatory behaviour of the extinct marine mammal Kolponomos: convergence on sabretooths and sea otters. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 283(1826) : 20160044. DOI : 10.1098/rspb.2016.0044.

Grohé C., Tseng Z.J., Lebrun R., Boistel R., Flynn J.J., 2016 – Bony labyrinth shape variation in extant Carnivora: A case study of Musteloidea. Journal of Anatomy 228(3) : 366-383. DOI : 10.1111/joa.12421.

Grohé C., de Bonis L., Chaimanee Y., Blondel C., Jaeger J.-J., 2013 – The oldest Asian Sivaonyx (Lutrinae, Carnivora): implications on the evolutionary history of bunodont otters. Palaeontologia Electronica 16(3) : 29A;13pp. DOI : 10.26879/404.

Grohé C., Morlo M., Chaimanee Y., Blondel C., Coster P., Valentin X., Salem M., Bilal A.A., Jaeger J.-J., Brunet M., 2012 – New Apterodontinae (Hyaenodontida) from the Eocene locality of Dur At-Talah (Libya): Systematic, paleoecological and phylogenetic Implications. PLoS ONE 7(11) : e49054. DOI : 10.1371/journal.pone.0049054.

Grohé C., Chaimanee Y., de Bonis L., Yamee C., Blondel C., Jaeger J.-J., 2010 – New data on Mustelidae (Carnivora) from Southeast Asia: Siamogale thailandica, a peculiar otter-like mustelid from the late middle Miocene Mae Moh Basin, northern Thailand. Naturwissenschaften 97(11) : 1003-1015. DOI : 10.1007/s00114-010-0721-8.



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