Dr. Olivier Lambert

Vertebrate palaeontologist
Olivier Lambert
Contact
Phone:
+32 (0)2 627 44 97
Fax:
+32 2 627 41 13
Key Publications
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, 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, de Muizon, C. , and Bianucci, G. , The most basal beaked whale Ninoziphius platyrostris Muizon, 1983: clues on the evolutionary history of the family Ziphiidae (Cetacea: Odontoceti), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 167, pp. 569-598, 2013.
O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , Post, K. , de Muizon, C. , Salas-Gismondi, R. , Urbina, M. , and Reumer, J. , The giant bite of a new raptorial sperm whale from the Miocene epoch of Peru, Nature, vol. 466, pp. 105-108, 2010.
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

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-R760, 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, 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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

O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , and de Muizon, C. , A new archaic shark-toothed dolphin from the late Oligocene-early Miocene of Peru, vol. October. Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2013.
O. Lambert, Bosselaers, M. , Verbouw, J. , Degueldre, C. , and Goolaerts, S. , Een fossiele walvis opgegraven in de bouwput van de Deurganckdoksluis, Spirifer, vol. 37, pp. 9-12, 2013.
O. Lambert, de Muizon, C. , and Bianucci, G. , The most basal beaked whale Ninoziphius platyrostris Muizon, 1983: clues on the evolutionary history of the family Ziphiidae (Cetacea: Odontoceti), Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 167, pp. 569-598, 2013.
G. Bianucci, Mijan, I. , Lambert, O. , Post, K. , and Mateus, O. , Bizarre fossil beaked whales (Odontoceti, Ziphiidae) fished from the Atlantic Ocean floor off the Iberian Peninsula, Geodiversitas, vol. 35, pp. 105-153, 2013.
N. Bardet, Jalil, N. - E. , de Broin, Fde Lappare, Germain, D. , Lambert, O. , and Amaghzaz, M. , A giant chelonioid turtle from the Late Cretaceous of Morocco with a suction feeding apparatus unique among tetrapods, PLoS ONE, vol. 8, pp. 1-10, 2013.
G. Bianucci, Lambert, O. , Salas-Gismondi, R. , Tejada, J. , Pujos, F. , Urbina, M. , and Antoine, P. - O. , A Miocene relative of the Ganges River dolphin (Odontoceti, Platanistidae) from the Amazonian Basin, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 33, pp. 741-745, 2013.
O. Lambert, Bosselaers, M. , Verbouw, J. , and Goolaerts, S. , Découverte d'une baleine fossile à Doel. 2013.
O. Lambert, Bosselaers, M. , Verbouw, J. , and Goolaerts, S. , Ontdekking van een fossiele walvis in Doel. 2013.

2012

O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , and de Muizon, C. , The archaic beaked whale Ninoziphius platyrostris: clues on the evolutionary history of the family Ziphiidae (Cetacea, Odontoceti). Supplement to the online Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 2012.
B. L. Beatty, Vitkovski, T. , Lambert, O. , and Macrini, T. E. , Osteological associations with unique tooth developement in manatees (Trichechidae, Sirenia): a detailed look at modern Trichechus and a review of the fossil record, The Anatomical Record, vol. 295, pp. 1504-1512, 2012.
J. H. Geisler, Godfrey, S. J. , and Lambert, O. , A new genus and species of Late Miocene inioid (Cetacea: Odontoceti) from the Meherrin River, North Carolina, U.S.A., Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 32, pp. 198-211, 2012.
O. Lambert, Goolaerts, S. , Ryssaert, C. , Bosselaers, M. , Vandorpe, L. , and Schynkel, E. , Walvissen uit het Waasland, HONA, vol. 47, pp. 37-40, 2012.

2011

O. Lambert, de Buffrénil, V. , and de Muizon, C. , Rostral densification in beaked whales: diverse processes for a similar pattern, Comptes Rendus Palevol, vol. 10, pp. 453-468, 2011.

2010

O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , Post, K. , de Muizon, C. , Salas-Gismondi, R. , Urbina, M. , and Reumer, J. , The giant bite of a new raptorial sperm whale from the Miocene epoch of Peru, Nature, vol. 466, pp. 105-108, 2010.
O. Lambert, Godfrey, S. J. , and Fuller, A. J. , A Miocene Ziphiid (Cetacea: Odontoceti) from Calvert Cliffs, Maryland, U.S.A., Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 30, pp. 1645-1651, 2010.
O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , and Post, K. , Tusk-bearing beaked whales from the Miocene of Peru: sexual dimorphism in fossil ziphiids?, Journal of Mammalogy, vol. 91, pp. 19-26, 2010.

2009

O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , and Post, K. , A new beaked whale (Odontoceti, Ziphiidae) from the Middle Miocene of Peru., Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 29, pp. 910-922, 2009.

2008

G. Bianucci, Post, K. , and Lambert, O. , Beaked whale mysteries revealed by sea floor fossils trawled off South Africa., South African Journal of Science, vol. 104, pp. 140-142, 2008.
O. Lambert, Bianucci, G. , and de Muizon, C. , A new stem-sperm whale (Cetacea, Odontoceti, Physeteroidea) from the latest Miocene of Peru, Comptes Rendus Palevol, vol. 7, pp. 361-369, 2008.
O. Lambert, A new porpoise (Cetacea, Odontoceti, Phocoenidae) from the Pliocene of the North Sea., Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 28, pp. 863-872, 2008.
O. Lambert, Sperm whales from the Miocene of the North Sea: a re-appraisal, Bulletin de l'Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, pp. 277-316, 2008.
O. Lambert, Schögl, J. , and Kovàc, M. , Middle Miocene toothed whale with Platanista-like teeth from the Vienna Basin (Western Carpathians, Slovakia), Neues Jahrbuch für Geologie und Paläontologie, vol. 250, pp. 157-166, 2008.
K. Post, Lambert, O. , and Bianucci, G. , First record of Tusciziphius crispus (Cetacea, Ziphiidae) from the Neogene of the US east coast, Deinsea, vol. 12, pp. 1-10, 2008.

2007

P. Godefroit and Lambert, O. , A re-appraisal of Craspedodon lonzeensis Dollo, 1883 from the Upper Cretaceous of Belgium: the first record of a neoceratopsian dinosaur in Europe?, Bulletin de l{'}Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, vol. 77, pp. 83-93, 2007.
P. Godefroit and Lambert, O. , A re-appraisal of Craspedodon lonzeensis Dollo, 1883 from the Upper Cretaceous of Belgium: the first record of a neoceratopsian dinosaur in Europe?, Bulletin de l'Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, vol. 77, pp. 83-93, 2007.
O. Lambert and Gigase, P. , A monodontid cetacean from the Early Pliocene of the North Sea, Bulletin de l'Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, vol. 77, pp. 197-210, 2007.

2006

O. Lambert and Louwye, S. , Archaeoziphius microglenoideus, a new primitive beaked whale (Mammalia, Cetacea, Odontoceti) from the$\~$Middle Miocene of Belgium, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, vol. 26, pp. 182-191, 2006.

2005

O. Lambert, Review of the Miocene long-snouted dolphin Priscodelphinus cristatus du Bus, 1872 (Cetacea, Odontoceti) and phylogeny among eurhinodelphinids, Bulletin de l'Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, vol. 75, pp. 211-235, 2005.
O. Lambert, Estevens, M. , and Smith, R. , A new kentriodontine dolphin from the Middle Miocene of Portugal, Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, vol. 50, pp. 239-248, 2005.

2004

O. Lambert, Systematic revision of the Miocene long-snouted dolphin Eurhinodelphis longirostris du Bus, 1872 (Cetacea, Odontoceti, Eurhinodelphinidae), Bulletin de l'Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, vol. 74, pp. 147-174, 2004.
M. Bosselaers, Herman, J. , Hoedemakers, K. , Lambert, O. , and Marquet, R. , A temporary exposure of the Late Miocene Deurne Sand Member in Antwerpen (Flanders, Belgium), Geologica Belgica, vol. 7, pp. 27-39, 2004.

2001

O. Lambert, Godefroit, P. , Li, H. , Shan, C. - Y. , and Dong, Z. - M. , A new species of Protoceratops (Dinosauria, Neoceratopsia) from the Late Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia (P. R. China), Bulletin de l{'}Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, vol. 71, pp. 5-28, 2001.
O. Lambert, Godefroit, P. , Li, H. , Shan, C. - Y. , and Dong, Z. - M. , A new species of Protoceratops (Dinosauria, Neoceratopsia) from the Late Cretaceous of Inner Mongolia (P. R. China), Bulletin de l'Institut royal des Sciences naturelles de Belgique, Sciences de la Terre, vol. 71, pp. 5-28, 2001.
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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