Dr. Pascal Godefroit

Director, Palaeontologist
Pascal Godefroit
Contact
Phone:
+32 (0)2 627 44 95
Fax:
+32 2 627 41 13
Key Publications
A. Cincotta, Debaille, V. , Gerdes, A. , Sinitsa, S. , Reshetova, S. , Pestchevitskaya, K. , McNamara, M. , Yans, J. , and Godefroit, P. , Age, sedimentology and paleoecology of Kulinda, an exceptional Middle Jurassic dinosaur locality from Siberia, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 77th Annual Meeting, vol. Meeting program and abstracts, p. 98, 2017.
R. Amiot, Golovneva, L. , Godefroit, P. , Goedert, J. , Garcia, G. , Lécuyer, C. , Bugdaeva, E. , and Spicer, R. , Dinosaur ecology and climate in Eastern Siberia during the Late Cretaceous inferred from stable isotopes, Fifth International Symposium of IGCP 608, Jeju Island, Korea, vol. Program ans abstract volume, pp. 540-541, 2017.
K. Stein, Hübner, T. , Snoeck, C. , Bertozzo, F. , Godefroit, P. , and Claeys, P. , Histology and growth of Iguanodon bernissartensis, Society of Vertabrate Paleontology 77th Annual Meeting, vol. Meeting program and abstracts, p. 198, 2017.
Key Projects
  • 2015-2019: Network coordinator of the SPP Scientific Policy BRAIN-be project 'ColdCase: Re-opening of the Bernissart Iguanodon Crime Scene' (877 448 euros).
  • 2013-2015: Promotor of the SPP Scientific Policy Brain-be Pioneer project 'PASTREE: 'New plant architectural strategies and terrestrialisation patterns in the Early Eifelian' (150 000 euros).
  • 2002-2005: Promotor of the SPP Scientific Policy Project BL/36/C22-R12 ‘Cretaceous dinosaurs from Far Eastern Asia (eastern Asia and Inner Mongolia)' (88 095 euros).
Professional experiences

01/05/2013 > ongoing: Operational Director

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

01/01/2001 > 30/04/2013: Senior scientist

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

01/01/1999 > 31/12/2000: Statutory assistant

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

01/04/1990 > 31/12/1998: Contractual assistant

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Academic training

01/09/1990 > 01/03/1994: Ph.D. in Geological and Mineralogical Sciences

Université Catholique de Louvain

Ph.D. thesis title: ‘Les reptiles marins du Jurassique inférieur belgo-luxembourgeois’.

> : Master in Zoological Sciences

Université catholique de Louvain

Master thesis title: ‘Etude comparative de la denture permanente chez le chimpanzé commun (Pan troglodytes) et le chimpanzé nain (Pan paniscus)’.

2017

K. Stein, Snoeck, C. , Hübner, T. , Bertozzo, F. , Godefroit, P. , and Claeys, P. , Preservation and diagenesis of the bones and teeth of Iguanodon bernissartensis (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda) from the Early Cretaceous of Belgium, 8th Bone Diagenesis Meeting Oxford 2017, vol. Program and abstracts, p. 13, 2017.
D. Dhouailly, Godefroit, P. , Martin, T. , Nonchev, S. , Caraguel, F. , and Oftedal, O. , Getting to the roots of scales, feathers and hair: as deep as odontodes?, Experimental Dermatology, vol. 2017, pp. 1-6, 2017.
A. Cincotta, Debaille, V. , Gerdes, A. , Sinitsa, S. , Reshetova, S. , Pestchevitskaya, K. , McNamara, M. , Yans, J. , and Godefroit, P. , Age, sedimentology and paleoecology of Kulinda, an exceptional Middle Jurassic dinosaur locality from Siberia, Society of Vertebrate Paleontology 77th Annual Meeting, vol. Meeting program and abstracts, p. 98, 2017.
R. Amiot, Golovneva, L. , Godefroit, P. , Goedert, J. , Garcia, G. , Lécuyer, C. , Bugdaeva, E. , and Spicer, R. , Dinosaur ecology and climate in Eastern Siberia during the Late Cretaceous inferred from stable isotopes, Fifth International Symposium of IGCP 608, Jeju Island, Korea, vol. Program ans abstract volume, pp. 540-541, 2017.
K. Stein, Hübner, T. , Snoeck, C. , Bertozzo, F. , Godefroit, P. , and Claeys, P. , Histology and growth of Iguanodon bernissartensis, Society of Vertabrate Paleontology 77th Annual Meeting, vol. Meeting program and abstracts, p. 198, 2017.
V. Diez Diaz, Garcia, G. , Suberbiola, X. Pereda, Godefroit, P. , Stein, K. , and Valentin, X. , Remains of Atsinganosaurus from the Late Cretaceous Site of Velaux-La Bastide Neuve (Southern France), Zitteliana, vol. 91, p. 31, 2017.
U. Lefèvre, Cau, A. , Cincotta, A. , Hu, D. , Chinsamy, A. , Escuillié, F. , and Godefroit, P. , A new Jurassic theropod from China documents a transitional step in the macrostructure of feathers, The Science of Nature, vol. 104, pp. 1-13, 2017.
F. Bertozzo, Stein, K. , Manucci, F. , Godefroit, P. , and Claeys, P. , Anatomy, life-history and phylogeny of an exceptionally preserved hadrosaur from the Judith River Formation of Montana (USA), Zitteliana, vol. 91, p. 21, 2017.
F. Javier Verdu, Godefroit, P. , Royo-Torres, R. , Cobos, A. , and Alcalà, L. , Individual variation in the postcranial skeleton of the Early Cretaceous Iguanodon bernissartensis (Dinosauria: Ornithopoda), Cretaceous Research, vol. 74, pp. 65-86, 2017.

2016

A. Cincotta, Godefroit, P. , and Yans, J. , Study of preserved integuments from the cranium of a tapejarid pterosaur, in XIV Annual Meeting of the European Association of Vertebrate Palaeontologists, Haarlem (Netherlands), 2016, vol. Abstract Volume, p. 23.
E. Prondvai, Adriaens, D. , Godefroit, P. , and Hu, D. - Y. , Intraskeletal histovariability and its ontogenetic implications in the limb bones of {`}dinobirds{'}, in 64th Symposium on Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy (SVPCA), Liverpool, UK, 2016, vol. Abstract Volume, p. 27.
K. Stein, Bolotsky, Y. , Bolotsky, I. , Snoeck, C. , Dewinter, N. , Tsogtbaatar, K. , Barsbold, R. , Hayashi, S. , Godefroit, P. , and Claeys, P. , Preliminary results on the bone histology of hadrosaurs from the latest cretaceous of Far Eastern Russia, in Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology, 2016, vol. Program and abstracts, p. 250.
E. Prondvai, Hu, D. - Y. , Adriaens, D. , and Godefroit, P. , Intraskeletal growth dynamics and functional maturation in the limb bones of {`}dinobirds{'}, Anatomical Record, vol. 299, p. 76, 2016.
J. Goedert, Amiot, R. , Larbi, B. , Buffetaut, E. , Fourel, F. , Godefroit, P. , Kusuhashi, N. , Suteethorn, V. , Tong, H. , Watabe, M. , and Lécuyer, C. , Preliminary investigation of seasonal patterns recorded in the oxygen isotope compositions of theropod dinosaur tooth enamel, Palaios, vol. 31, pp. 10-19, 2016.

2015

G. Sun, Dong, Z. - M. , Akhetiev, M. , Markevich, V. , Ashraf, A. , Godefroit, P. , David, D. L. , Sun, C. , Sun, Y. , Quan, C. , Golovneva, L. , Bugdaeva, E. , Bolotsky, Y. , Suzuki, S. , Kodrul, T. , Nishida, H. , Kezina, T. , Harding, I. , Yang, H. X. , Ge, W. C. , Chen, Y. , and Yang, T. , Late Cretaceous-Paleocen biotas and the K-Pg Boundary from Jiayin of Heilongjiang, China, with discussion on the extinction of dinosaurs. Shanghai: Shanghai Scientific & Technological Education Publication House, 2015.
S. Sinitsa, Bolotsky, Y. , and Godefroit, P. , Taphonomy of the Late Jurassic Kulinda Lake, Abstracts of the 12th Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems. Shenyang, August 16-20, p. 249, 2015.
A. Cincotta, Yans, J. , Godefroit, P. , Garcia, G. , Dejax, J. , Benammi, M. , Amico, S. , and Valentin, X. , Integrated Paleoenvironmental Reconstruction and Taphonomy of a Unique Upper Cretaceous Vertebrate-Bearing Locality (Velaux, Southeastern France), PLoS ONE, vol. 10, pp. 1-20, 2015.
P. Godefroit, Sinitsa, S. , Namara, M. Mc, Cincotta, A. , Spagna, P. , Dhouailly, D. , and Bolotsky, Y. , The primitive ornithischian dinosaur Kulindadromeus from the Jurassic of Siberia and the origin of feathers, Abstracts of the 12th Symposium on Mesozoic Terrestrial Ecosystems. Shenyang, August 16-20, p. 297, 2015.
L. Dewaele, Tsogtbaatar, K. , Barsbold, R. , Garcia, G. , Stein, K. , Escuillié, F. , and Godefroit, P. , Perinatal Specimens of Saurolophus angustirostris (Dinosauria: Hadrosauridae), from the Upper Cretaceous of Mongolia, PLoS ONE, vol. 10, p. e0138806, 2015.
D. B. Brinkman, Tong, H. - Y. , Li, H. , Sun, Y. , Zhang, J. - S. , Godefroit, P. , and Zhang, Z. - M. , New exceptionally well-preserved specimens of “Zangerlia”neimongolensis from Bayan Mandahu, Inner Mongolia, andtheir taxonomic significance, Comptes Rendus Palevol, vol. 14, pp. 577-578, 2015.
J. Lindgren, Sjövall, P. , Carney, R. , Cincotta, A. , Uvdal, P. , Hutcheson, S. , Gustafsson, O. , Lefèvre, U. , Escuillié, F. , Heimdal, J. , Engdahl, A. , Gren, J. , Kear, B. , Wakamatsu, K. , Yans, J. , and Godefroit, P. , Molecular composition and ultrastructure of Jurassic paravian feathers, Scientific Reports, vol. 5, pp. 1-13, 2015.
D. B. Brinkman, Tong, H. - Y. , Li, H. , Sun, Y. , Zhang, J. - S. , Godefroit, P. , and Zhang, Z. - M. , New exceptionally well-preserved specimens of 'Zangerlia' neimongolensis from Bayan Mandahu, Inner Mongolia, and their taxonomic significance, Comptes Rendus Palevol, vol. 14, pp. 577-578, 2015.
A. Cincotta, Javaux, E. , Godefroit, P. , Lefèvre, U. , Storme, J. - Y. , Lindgren, J. , and Yans, J. , Study of fossil feathers using infrared spectroscopy and imagery., 2015.
J. Martin, Delfino, M. , Garcia, G. , Godefroit, P. , Berton, S. , and Valentin, X. , New specimens of Allodaposuchus precedens from France: intraspecific variability and the diversity of European Late Cretaceous eusuchians, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 2015, pp. 1-25, 2015.

2014

T. Mortier, Baele, J. - M. , Blaivie, G. , Collet, H. , De Bast, E. , Dejax, J. , Delaby, S. , Dupuis, C. , Dupont, N. , Folie, A. , Godefroit, P. , Goemaere, E. , Hennebert, M. , Kaufmann, O. , Licour, L. , Martin, T. , Papier, S. , Pirson, S. , Prestianni, C. , Quinif, Y. , Robaszynski, F. , Smith, T. , Spagna, P. , and Yans, J. , Itinéraire 2 : le Nord-Ouest du Bassin de Mons, vol. 3. Mons: UMons - asbl La Malagne, 2014.
T. Mortier, Baele, J. - M. , Blaivie, G. , Collet, H. , De Bast, E. , Dejax, J. , Delaby, S. , Dupuis, C. , Dupont, N. , Folie, A. , Godefroit, P. , Goemaere, E. , Hennebert, M. , Kaufmann, O. , Licour, L. , Martin, T. , Papier, S. , Pirson, S. , Prestianni, C. , Quinif, Y. , Robaszynski, F. , Smith, T. , Spagna, P. , and Yans, J. , Introduction général à la géologie. Mons: UMons - asbl La Malagne, 2014.
T. Mortier, Baele, J. - M. , Blaivie, G. , Collet, H. , De Bast, E. , Dejax, J. , Delaby, S. , Dupuis, C. , Dupont, N. , Folie, A. , Godefroit, P. , Goemaere, E. , Hennebert, M. , Kaufmann, O. , Licour, L. , Martin, T. , Papier, S. , Pirson, S. , Prestianni, C. , Quinif, Y. , Robaszynski, F. , Smith, T. , Spagna, P. , and Yans, J. , Itinéraire 1 : le Grand Mons, Itinéraires pédagogiques du Géoparc du Bassin de Mons, vol. 2. Mons: UMons - asbl La Malagne, 2014.
T. Mortier, Baele, J. - M. , Blaivie, G. , Collet, H. , De Bast, E. , Dejax, J. , Delaby, S. , Dupuis, C. , Dupont, N. , Folie, A. , Godefroit, P. , Goemaere, E. , Hennebert, M. , Kaufmann, O. , Licour, L. , Martin, T. , Papier, S. , Pirson, S. , Prestianni, C. , Quinif, Y. , Robaszynski, F. , Smith, T. , Spagna, P. , and Yans, J. , Itinéraire 5 : La région du Centre et le Sud du Géoparc, vol. 6. Mons: UMons - asbl La Malagne, 2014.
T. Mortier, Baele, J. - M. , Blaivie, G. , Collet, H. , De Bast, E. , Dejax, J. , Delaby, S. , Dupuis, C. , Dupont, N. , Folie, A. , Godefroit, P. , Goemaere, E. , Hennebert, M. , Kaufmann, O. , Licour, L. , Martin, T. , Papier, S. , Pirson, S. , Prestianni, C. , Quinif, Y. , Robaszynski, F. , Smith, T. , Spagna, P. , and Yans, J. , Itinéraire 4 : La Thudinie et le Sud-Est du Géoparc, vol. 5. Mons: UMons - asbl La Malagne, 2014.
T. Mortier, Baele, J. - M. , Blaivie, G. , Collet, H. , De Bast, E. , Dejax, J. , Delaby, S. , Dupuis, C. , Dupont, N. , Folie, A. , Godefroit, P. , Goemaere, E. , Hennebert, M. , Kaufmann, O. , Licour, L. , Martin, T. , Papier, S. , Pirson, S. , Prestianni, C. , Quinif, Y. , Robaszynski, F. , Smith, T. , Spagna, P. , and Yans, J. , Itinéraire 3 : Les Hauts-Pays et le Borinage, vol. 4. Mons: UMons - asbl La Malagne, 2014.
Y. Bolotsky, Godefroit, P. , Bolotsky, I. , and Atuchin, A. , Hadrosaurs from the Far East: historical perspective and new Amurosaurus material from Blagoveschensk (Amur region, Russia), in Hadrosaurs, D. A. Eberth and Evans, D. C. Bloomington and Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2014, pp. 315-331.
P. Godefroit, Sinitsa, S. , Dhouailly, D. , Bolotsky, Y. , Sizov, A. , Namara, M. Mc, Benton, M. , and Spagna, P. , A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales, Science, vol. 345, pp. 451-455, 2014.
P. Godefroit, Sinitsa, S. , Dhouailly, D. , Namara, M. Mc, and Cincotta, A. , Feather-like structures in ornithischian dinosaurs, 74th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Abstracts of Papers, p. 24, 2014.
Y. - N. Lee, Barsbold, R. , Currie, P. , Kobayashi, Y. , Lee, H. - J. , Godefroit, P. , Escuillié, F. , and Tsogtbaatar, C. , Long-standing enigmas of a giant ornithomimosaur Deinocheirus mirificus resolved, Nature, vol. 515, pp. 257-260, 2014.
P. Lauters, Lee, Y. - N. , Barsbold, R. , Currie, P. , Kobayashi, Y. , Escuillié, F. , and Godefroit, P. , The brain of Deinocheirus mirificus, a gigantic ornithomimosaurian dinosaur from the Cretaceous of Mongolia, 74th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Abstracts of Papers, p. 166, 2014.
U. Lefèvre, Hu, D. , Escuillié, F. , Dyke, G. , and Godefroit, P. , A new long-tailed basal bird from the Early Cretaceous of north-eastern China, Biological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 113, pp. 790-804, 2014.
P. Godefroit, Sinitsa, S. , Dhouailly, D. , Bolotsky, Y. , Sizov, A. , Namara, M. Mc, Benton, M. , and Spagna, P. , Response to the Technical Comment on 'A Jurassic ornithischian dinosaur from Siberia with both feathers and scales', Science, vol. 346, pp. 434-435, 2014.
G. Dyke, Cau, A. , Naish, D. , Brougham, T. , and Godefroit, P. , Archaeopteryx and paravian phylogeny: the enigma of Balaur, 74th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Abstracts of Papers, p. 17, 2014.
V. Fischer, Arkhangelsky, M. , Naish, D. , Stenshin, I. , Uspensky, G. , and Godefroit, P. , Simbirskiasaurus and Pervushovisaurus reassessed: implications for the taxonomy and cranial osteology of Cretaceous platypterygiine ichthyosaurs, Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, vol. 171, pp. 822-841, 2014.
V. Fischer, Arkhangelsky, M. , Uspensky, G. , Stenshin, I. , and Godefroit, P. , A new Lower Cretaceous ichthyosaur from Russia reveals skull shape conservatism within Ophthalmosaurinae, Geological Magazine, vol. 151, pp. 60-70, 2014.
A. Cincotta, Godefroit, P. , Garcia, G. , Valentin, X. , Dejax, J. , and Yans, J. , Taphonomy of a Campanian vertebrate-bearing locality in southeastern France. 7th International Meeting on Taphonomy and Fossilization., International Meeting on Taphonomy and Fossilization. Sezione di Fisica e Scienze della Terra, p. 25, 2014.
V. Fischer, Bardet, N. , Guiomar, M. , and Godefroit, P. , High Diversity in Cretaceous Ichthyosaurs from Europe Prior to Their Extinction, PLoS ONE, vol. 9, p. e84709, 2014.
P. Vincent, Taquet, P. , Fischer, V. , Bardet, N. , Falconnet, J. , and Godefroit, P. , Mary Anning{'}s legacy to French vertebrate palaeontology, Geological Magazine, vol. 151, pp. 7-20, 2014.
U. Lefèvre, Cau, A. , Hu, D. - Y. , Wu, W. , Escuillié, F. , and Godefroit, P. , New basal Avialae from the Jurassic of China, 74th Annual Meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Abstracts of Papers, p. 17, 2014.

2012

P. Lauters, Godefroit, P. , Coudyzer, W. , and Vercauteren, M. , Iguanodon's brain and perspectives on ornithopod evolution, in Bernissart Dinosaurs in depth; A window on Early Cretaceous terrestrial ecosystems, P. Godefroit Indiana University Press, 2012, pp. 213-224.

1989

P. Godefroit, Les reptiles marins du Toarcien (Jurassique inférieur) belgo-luxembourgeois, vol. 39. Rue Jenner 13, 1000 Bruxelles: Ministère des Affaires économiques, Service géologique de Belgique, 1989, p. 98.
01/12/2014 to 31/12/2017

ColdCase: re-opening of the Bernissart Iguanodon crime scene

The Early Cretaceous Iguanodon Sinkhole at Bernissart is a unique fossil deposit owing to the quantity and preservation quality of Iguanodon. Since its discovery 136 years ago, the processes leading to the local accumulation of so many complete skeletons remain completely unexplained. This project aims to evaluate different taphonomic scenarios.
01/10/2005 to 31/12/2016

General structure an evolution of the brain of ornithopod dinosaurs

The purpose of this project is to describe the endocranial casts (in silicone and virtual) of ornithopod dinosaurs from Europe and Asia, and establish comparisons with other archosaurs.

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