Lionel Cavin

portrait Dr. Lionel Cavin

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

Mailing Address:

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)
URL Institution:

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., Toriño, P., Van Vranken, N, Bradley, C, Polcyn M.J, Winkler, D. The first Late Cretaceous mawsoniid coelacanth (Sarcopterygii: Actinistia) from North America: evidence of a lineage of extinct ‘living fossils’. PlosOne.

Cavin, L., Piuz, A., Ferrante, C., & Guinot, G. Giant Mesozoic Coelacanths (Osteichthyes, Actinistia) Reveal High Body Size Disparity Decoupled From Taxic Diversity. Scientific Reports. 11, 11812 (2021).

Cavin, L. & Piuz, A. A several-kilometer-long archosaur route in the Triassic of the Swiss Alps. Frontiers in Palaeontology. Frontiers in Earth Sciences. 8:4. doi: 10.3389/feart.2020.00004

Teng, C.S., Cavin, L., Maxson, R.E.Jr., Sánchez-Villagra, M.R. Crump, J. G. M. Resolving Homology in the Face of Shifting Germ Layer Origins: Lessons from a Major Skull Vault Boundary. eLife.

Leuzinger, L., Cavin, L., López-Arbarello, A. Billon-Bruyat, J.-P. 2019. A unique dental renewal mechanism in a Jurassic ray-finned fish (Lepisosteiformes: †Scheenstia sp.). Palaeontology.

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. & 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

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:
Anatomy, phylogeny, paleoecology, paleogeography of fishes

Last update: 2/28/22
Source of data: ProClim- Research InfoSystem (1993-2022)
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