Lionel Cavin

portrait Dr. Lionel Cavin

Département de Géologie et Paléontologie
Musée d'histoire naturelle
Route de Malagnou 1
CH-1211 Genève 6

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Département de Géologie et Paléontologie
Musée d'histoire naturelle
Case postale 6434
-1211 Genève 6

Phone: +41 (0) 22 418 63 33
Phone2: +41 (0) 22 418 63 00
Fax: +41 (0) 22 418 63 01
E-mail: lionel.cavin(at)
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Phone: +41 (0) 22 418 63 33
Phone2: +41 (0) 22 418 63 00
Fax: +41 (0) 22 418 63 01
E-mail: lionel.cavin(at)
URL Institution:

with involvement of Lionel Cavin

Additional functions:
Board member, Swiss Systematics Society
Board member, Swiss Palaeontological association
Board member, Association Dinosauria (Esperaza, france)

Key Publications of Lionel Cavin (up to ten) :
Cavin, L., Mennecart, B., Obrist, C., Costeur, L. and Furrer, H., 2017. Heterochronic evolution explains novel body shape in a Triassic coelacanth from Switzerland. Scientific Reports, 7(1), p.13695. doi:10.1038/s41598-017-13796-0

Guinot, G. & Cavin, L. 2015. Contrasting ‘‘Fish’’ Diversity Dynamics between Marine and Freshwater Environments. Current Biology.

Guinot, G. & Cavin, L. 2015. ‘Fish’ (Actinopterygii and Elasmobranchii) diversification patterns through deep time. Biological Review. doi: 10.1111/brv.12203

Cavin, L. & Guinot, G. 2014. Coelacanths as “almost living fossils”. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 2:49. doi:10.3389/fevo.2014.00049

Guinot, G., Adnet, S., Cavin, L. & Capetta, H. 2013. Cretaceous stem chondricthyans survived the end-Permian mass extinction. Nature Communications : 4 : 2669, DOI: 10.1038/ncomms3669,

Cavin, L. Forey, P.L. & Giersch, S. 2012. Osteology of Eubiodectes libanicus (Pictet & Humbert, 1866) and some other ichthyodectiformes (Teleostei): phylogenetic implications. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. DOI:10.1080/14772019.2012.691559.

Cavin, L. & Kemp, A. 2011. The impact of fossils on the evolutionary distinctiveness and conservation status of the Australian lungfish. Biological Conservation. 144 (2011) 3140–3142. doi:10.1016/j.biocon.2011.08.014.

Cavin, L. 2010. On Giant Filter Feeders. Science, 327 : 968-969. doi : 10.1126/science.1186904

Cavin, L. 2010. Diversity of Mesozoic semionotiform fishes, and the origin of gars (Lepisosteidae). Naturwissenschaften. 97:1035–1040. DOI 10.1007/s00114-010-0722-7

Cavin, L, Tong, H., Boudad, L., Meister, C., Piuz, A., Tabouelle, J., Aarab, M., Amiot, R., Buffetaut, E., Dyke, G., Hua, S., Le Loeuff, J. 2010. Vertebrate assemblages from the early Late Cretaceous of southeastern Morocco: an overview. Geological Society of Africa Presidential Review No. 16. Journal of African Earth Sciences. 57 (2010) 391–412. doi: 10.1016/j.jafrearsci.2009.12.007

Expertise of Lionel Cavin:
Expertise CategorySpecific Expertise
Expert TypeScientific / Fundamental Research
Topic BiosphereBiosphere
Topic Integrated SystemsIntegrated Systems and Ecology
Life Cycle
Topic EcosystemsEcosystems
Terrestrial Ecosystems
Marine Ecosystems
Time FramePast
Past: Cretaceous
Past: Jurassic
Past: Triassic
Time ScaleBillenial (Mio yrs)
MethodsData Collection
Data Analysis

Specialties of Lionel Cavin:
Phylogeny, paleoecology, paleogeography of fishes

Last update: 4/18/18
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2018)

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