History of the research group “Formations squelettiques” at the Paris-7 University (1968–2008)

François Jean MEUNIER, Lucas J. LEGENDRE, Jorge CUBO & Armand de RICQLÈS

en Comptes Rendus Palevol 15 (1-2) - Pages 9-22

Published on 31 January 2016

This article is a part of the thematic issue Current advances in paleohistology: A tribute to a generation of French paleohistologists

The research group known as “Formations squelettiques” team, specialized in the study of mineralized tissues of vertebrates, has been active for 40 years, starting in 1968. In this paper, we review the history of this group from its most remote roots – the original chair of Comparative Anatomy at the Faculty of Sciences in Paris – and explain its specialization in the study of bone histology during the second half of the 20th century. Many techniques were developed in the lab over these decades, as well as important partnerships among researchers that ultimately resulted in a lively community of paleohistologists and new generations of scientists involved in the development of this discipline.


Bone microanatomy, Bone histology, Vertebrate paleontology, Comparative anatomy, History of science

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