Dr. Olivier Lambert

Vertebrate palaeontologist
Olivier Lambert
Contact
Phone:
+32 (0)2 627 44 97
Fax:
+32 2 627 41 13
Key Publications
F. Marx, Collareta, A. , Gioncada, A. , Post, K. , Lambert, O. , Bonaccorsi, E. , Urbina, M. , and Bianucci, G. , How whales used to filter: exceptionally preserved baleen in a Miocene cetotheriid, Journal of Anatomy, 2017.
A. Collareta, Lambert, O. , Landini, W. , Di Celma, C. , Malinverno, E. , Varas-Malca, R. , Urbina, M. , and Bianucci, G. , Did the giant extinct shark Carcharocles megalodon target small prey? Bite marks on marine mammal remains from the late Miocene of Peru, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 469, pp. 84-91, 2017.
O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , Urbina, M. , and Geisler, J. , A new inioid (Cetacea, Odontoceti, Delphinida) from the Miocene of Peru and the origin of modern dolphin and porpoise families, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 179, pp. 919-946, 2017.
Key Projects
- 'The fossil cetacean collection of the RBINS: a fundamental tool for understanding the Miocene faunal turnover of odontocetes': Belspo Project Action 1 at RBINS (4 years).  
- 'Fossil odontocetes from the Oligocene and Neogene of Peru: contributions to the evolutionary history of toothed cetaceans': Postdoc at MNHN, Paris (2 years).
- 'Fossil sperm whales and their prey: evolution of physeteroid feeding strategies': Belspo Return Grant at RBINS (16 months).
Professional experiences

01/01/2012 > ongoing: Researcher

Department of Paleontology, RBINS

01/01/2010 > 31/12/2011: Researcher

Department of Earth History, Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France

01/02/2006 > 31/12/2009: Researcher

Department of Paleontology, RBINS

01/10/2005 > 28/02/2006: Scientific adviser

RBINS, Exhibitions Service

Scientific adviser for the Evolution Gallery, Exhibitions Service

Academic training

01/09/2000 > 30/06/2005: Ph.D. in sciences

Université Libre de Bruxelles

01/09/1996 > 30/09/2000: Degree in geological sciences

Université Catholique de Louvain

2017

F. Marx, Collareta, A. , Gioncada, A. , Post, K. , Lambert, O. , Bonaccorsi, E. , Urbina, M. , and Bianucci, G. , How whales used to filter: exceptionally preserved baleen in a Miocene cetotheriid, Journal of Anatomy, 2017.
A. Collareta, Lambert, O. , Landini, W. , Di Celma, C. , Malinverno, E. , Varas-Malca, R. , Urbina, M. , and Bianucci, G. , Did the giant extinct shark Carcharocles megalodon target small prey? Bite marks on marine mammal remains from the late Miocene of Peru, Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, vol. 469, pp. 84-91, 2017.
O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , Urbina, M. , and Geisler, J. , A new inioid (Cetacea, Odontoceti, Delphinida) from the Miocene of Peru and the origin of modern dolphin and porpoise families, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 179, pp. 919-946, 2017.
C. Di Celma, Malinverno, E. , Bosio, G. , Collareta, A. , Gariboldi, K. , Gioncada, A. , Molli, G. , Basso, D. , Varas-Malca, R. , Pierantoni, P. Paolo, Villa, I. , Lambert, O. , Landini, W. , Sarti, G. , Cantalamessa, G. , Urbina, M. , and Bianucci, G. , Sequence stratigraphy and palaeontology of the upper Miocene Pisco Formation along the western side of the lower Ica Valley (Ica Desert, Peru), Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, vol. 123, pp. 255-273, 2017.
O. Lambert, Martinez-Caceres, M. , Bianucci, G. , Di Celma, C. , Salas-Gismondi, R. , Steurbaut, E. , Urbina, M. , and de Muizon, C. , Earliest Mysticete from the Late Eocene of Peru Sheds New Light on the Origin of Baleen whales., Current Biology, vol. 27, pp. 1535-1541 e1-e2, 2017.

2016

F. Marx, Lambert, O. , and Uhen, M. , Cetacean paleobiology. Chichester, UK: John Wiley & Sons, 2016.
G. Bianucci, Di Celma, C. , Collareta, A. , Landini, W. , Post, K. , Tinelli, C. , de Muizon, C. , Bosio, G. , Gariboldi, K. , Gioncada, A. , Malinverno, E. , Cantalamessa, G. , Altamirano-Sierra, A. , Salas-Gismondi, R. , Urbina, M. , and Lambert, O. , Fossil marine vertebrates of Cerro Los Quesos: Distribution of cetaceans, seals, crocodiles, seabirds, sharks, and bony fish in a late Miocene locality of the Pisco Basin, Peru, Journal of Maps, 2016.
O. Lambert, Evolution: Fossil ears and underwater sonar, Current Biology, vol. 26, pp. R758-760, 2016.
O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , and de Muizon, C. , Macroraptorial sperm whales (Cetacea, Odontoceti, Physeteroidea) from the Miocene of Peru, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, 2016.
G. Bianucci, Collareta, A. , Post, K. , Varola, A. , and Lambert, O. , A new record of Messapicetus from the Pietra leccese (late Miocene, southern Italy): antitropical distribution in a fossil beaked whale (Cetacea, Ziphiidae), Rivista Italiana di Paleontologia e Stratigrafia, vol. 122, pp. 63-74, 2016.
A. Gioncada, Collareta, A. , Gariboldi, K. , Lambert, O. , Di Celma, C. , Bonaccorsi, E. , Urbina, M. , and Bianucci, G. , Inside baleen: Exceptional microstructure preservation in a late Miocene whale skeleton from Peru, Geology, 2016.

2015

O. Lambert, de Muizon, C. , Urbina, M. , Beatty, B. , Di Celma, C. , and Bianucci, G. , Physeteroids from the Miocene of Peru: new data on Acrophyseter and Livyatan support macroraptorial feeding in several extinct sperm whales, in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2015, p. 159A-160A.
G. Bianucci, Urbina, M. , and Lambert, O. , A new record of Notocetus vanbenedeni (Squalodelphinidae, Odontoceti, Cetacea) from the early Miocene of Peru, Comptes Rendus Palevol, vol. 14, pp. 5-13, 2015.
O. Lambert, Collareta, A. , Landini, W. , Post, K. , Ramassamy, B. , Di Celma, C. , Urbina, M. , and Bianucci, G. , No deep diving: evidence of predation on epipelagic fish for a stem beaked whale from the late Miocene of Peru, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 2015.
O. Lambert, de Muizon, C. , and Bianucci, G. , A new archaic homodont toothed whale (Mammalia, Cetacea, Odontoceti) from the early Miocene of Peru, Geodiversitas, vol. 37, pp. 79-108, 2015.
A. Collareta, Landini, W. , Lambert, O. , Post, K. , Tinelli, C. , Di Celma, C. , Panetta, D. , Tripodi, M. , Salvadori, P. , Caramella, D. , Marchi, D. , Urbina, M. , and Bianucci, G. , Piscivory in a Miocene Cetotheriidae of Peru: first record of fossilized stomach content for an extinct baleen-bearing whale, The Science of Nature, vol. 102, pp. 1-12, 2015.
W. Colpaert, Bosselaers, M. , and Lambert, O. , Out of the Pacific: a second fossil porpoise from the Pliocene of the North Sea Basin, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, vol. 60, pp. 1-10, 2015.
G. Bianucci, Di Celma, C. , Landini, W. , Post, K. , Tinelli, C. , de Muizon, C. , Gariboldi, K. , Malinverno, E. , Cantalamessa, G. , Gioncada, A. , Collareta, A. , Salas-Gismondi, R. , Varas-Malca, R. , Urbina, M. , and Lambert, O. , Distribution of fossil marine vertebrates in Cerro Colorado, the type locality of the giant raptorial sperm whale Livyatan melvillei (Miocene, Pisco Formation, Peru), Journal of Maps, 2015.

2014

H. Jan van Vliet, Lambert, O. , Bosselaers, M. , Schulp, A. , and Jagt, J. , A new record of a Paleogene cetacean (Basilosauridae, aff. Basilotritus) from the St. Pietersberg, Maastricht, Southeast Netherlands, in Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, Program and Abstracts, 2014, p. 246A.
O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , and Beatty, B. , Bony outgrowths on the jaws of an extinct sperm whale support macroraptorial feeding in several stem physeteroids, Naturwissenschaften, vol. 101, pp. 517-521, 2014.
O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , and Urbina, M. , Huaridelphis raimondii, a new early Miocene Squalodelphinidae (Cetacea, Odontoceti) from the Chilcatay Formation, Peru, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 34, pp. 987-1004, 2014.

2013

01/11/2015 to 31/10/2018

The oldest and the rarest - combining insight from both hemispheres to gain a global picture of baleen whale origins and macroevolution

Baleen whales (Mysticeti), the largest animals on earth, are a spectacular example of evolutionary adaptation and, as predators and nutrient distributors, a major component of the modern ocean ecosystem.

01/09/2014 to 01/09/2018

Neogene seals from the northern hemisphere: a multi-parameter paleontological study of the early evolution of Phocidae (Pinnipedia)

The return of tetrapods to a marine habitat constitutes one of the most significant ecological shifts, occurring multiple times during the last 250 million years. In the course of the evolution of marine tetrapod lineages, numerous behavioral and physiological changes are observed, accompanied by drastic morphological transformations.

01/01/2012 to 31/12/2013

Fossil sperm whales and their prey: evolution of Physeteroid feeding strategies

The objective of this project is to investigate the high diversity of morphologies and sizes among fossil and modern sperm whale lineages in order to reconstruct the evolution of their predation modes, prey types and habitats - and to define the potential triggers of the main ecological shifts.
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