Fossil Decapod Crustacea in the historical collections

Edited by : Sylvain CHARBONNIER & Alessandro GARASSINO

Published on 01 July 2022

The present volume is dedicated to extinct crustaceans housed in the oldest palaeontological collections of the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle (MNHN) in Paris (France). These specimens were all collected between 1750 and 1880, a period stretching from the end of the Enlightenment to the Third French Republic, which also saw the transition from the King’s Cabinet to the new National Museum of Natural History, founded in 1793. They paved the way to a new discipline, palaeocarcinology, at the very beginning of the nineteenth century... MORE


Sylvain Charbonnier, professor of palaeontology and chief curator of the palaeontological collections at the Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle, Paris (France) studies exceptionally preserved fossils from Konservat-Lagerstätten (Montceau-les-Mines, La Voulte-sur-Rhône, Solnhofen, Canjuers, Cerin, Hadjoula, Hakel). His main scientific interests focus on Mesozoic marine arthropods (crustaceans, thylacocephalans, pycnogonids) and the reconstruction of their palaeoecosystems. He was president of the Société Géologique de France between 2016 and 2020.

Alessandro Garassino, research associate at the Department of Earth and Biological Sciences of Loma Linda University, and at the Department of Paleontology of North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (U.S.A.), is specialized on Mesozoic and Cenozoic sites with exceptional preservation (Osteno, Lebanon, Gara Sbaa). His activity focuses on the taxonomy of fossil decapod crustaceans, and the establishment of possible phylogenetic relationships between fossil and Recent taxa