Maxime Pelletier

Maxime Pelletier

PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
Paleontology

Biography

I am a paleontologist working on the origin, dispersal and evolution of mammals in Europe using geometric morphometric approaches. My work mainly concerns leporids and reindeer, on Mediterranean region and Fennoscandia, respectively.

Research interests

  • Paleontology
  • Pleistocene / Holocene
  • Evolution / Biological diversity / Paleobiogeography of mammals
  • Adaptations to climate changes
  • Paleoenvironmental reconstructions
  • Human-animal relationships
  • Domestication
  • Geometrics morphometrics

Selected publications

Thesis dissertation:

  • Évolution morphométrique et Biogéographie des Léporidés dans les environnements méditerranéens au Pléistocène. Implications socio-économiques pour les sociétés humaines. Thèse de doctorat, Aix-Marseille Université, Aix-en-Provence, soutenue le 07/09/2018. // Morphometric evolution and biogeography of Leporids in Mediterranean environments during the Pleistocene. Socio-economic implications for human societies. PhD. dissertation, Aix-Marseille University, Aix-en-Provence, defended on 07/09/2018. [https://tel.archives-ouvertes.fr/tel-01951363]

Articles published or accepted in peer-reviewed journals:

  • Pelletier M. (submitted) – Phylogeny and paleobiogeography of the Lower Pleistocene rabbits (genus Oryctolagus).
  • Pelletier M., Kotiaho A., Niinimäki S., Salmi A.-K. (in press) – Identifying early stages of reindeer domestication in the archaeological record: a 3D morphological investigation on forelimb bones of modern populations from Fennoscandia. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences. [https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-020-01123-0]
  • Pelletier M., Desclaux E., Mallye J.-B., Crégut-Bonnoure E. (2020) – Identifying the accidental-natural mortality of leporids in the archaeological record: Insights from a taphonomical analysis of a pitfall without evidence of human presence. Journal of Quaternary Science 35, p. 677-694. [https://doi.org/10.1002/jqs.3203]
  • Crochet J.-Y., Boulbes N., Crégut-Bonnoure E., Labe B., Mourer-Chauviré C., Pelletier M. (2019) – La faune de la fin du Pléistocène moyen de la décharge d'Aubais (Gard, France). Paléo 30, p. 98-129. [https://journals.openedition.org/paleo/4502]
  • Pelletier M., Desclaux E., Brugal J.-P., Texier P.-J. (2019) - The exploitation of rabbits for food and pelts by Last Interglacial Neandertals. Quaternary Science Review 224, 105972. [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quascirev.2019.105972]
  • Pelletier M. (2019) - Morphological diversity of wild rabbit populations: implications for archaeology and palaeontology. Biological Journal of the Linnean Society 128, p. 211-224. [https://doi.org/10.1093/biolinnean/blz074]
  • Pelletier M., Royer A., Holliday T.W., Discamps E., Madelaine S., Maureille B. (2017) - Rabbits in the grave! Consequences of bioturbation on the Neandertal “burial” at Regourdou (Montignac-sur-Vézère, Dordogne). Journal of Human Evolution 110, p. 1-17. [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jhevol.2017.04.001]
  • Pelletier M., Stoetzel E., Cochard D., Lenoble A. (2017) - Sexual dimorphism in the pelvis of Antillean fruit-eating bat (Brachyphylla cavernarum) and its application to a fossil accumulation from the Lesser Antilles. Géobios 50 (4), p. 311-318. [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.geobios.2017.06.001]
  • Pelletier M., Brugal J.-P., Cochard D., Lenoble A., Mallye J.-B., Royer A. (2016) - Identifying fossil rabbit warrens: Insights from a taphonomical analysis of a modern warren. Journal of Archaeological Science: Report 10, p. 331-344. [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jasrep.2016.10.016]
  • Bourguignon L., Crochet J.-Y., Capdevila R., Ivorra J., Antoine P.O., Augusti J., Barsky D., Blain H.A., Boulbes N., Claude J., Cochard D., Filoux A., Firmat C., Lozano I., Magniez P., Pelletier M., Rios J., Testu A., Valensi P., de Weyer L. (2016) - Bois-de-Riquet (Lézignan-la-Cèbe, Hérault): A late Early Pleistocene archeological occurrence in southern France. Quaternary International 393, p.24-40. [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.quaint.2015.06.037]
  • Maureille B., Holliday T.W., Royer A., Pelletier M., Madelaine S., Lacrampe-Cuyaubère F., Muth X., Le Guet E., Couture-Veschambre C., Gomez-Olivencia A., Discamps E., Texier J.-P., Turq A, Lahaye C. (2015) - Importance des données de terrain pour la compréhension d’un potentiel dépôt funéraire moustérien : le cas du squelette de Regourdou 1 (Montignac-sur-Vézère, Dordogne, France). Paléo 26, p.139-159. [https://journals.openedition.org/paleo/2953]
  • Pelletier M., Royer A., Holliday T.W., Maureille B. (2015) - Lièvre et lapin à Regourdou (Montignac-sur-Vézère, Dordogne) : Etudes paléontologique et taphonomique de deux accumulations osseuses d’origine naturelle. Paléo 26, p.161-183. [https://journals.openedition.org/paleo/2962]
  • Pelletier M., Boudadi-Maligne M., Cochard D., Crochet J.-Y., Bourguignon L. (2015) - Lower Pleistocene leporids (Lagomorpha, Mammalia) in Western Europe: New data from the Bois-de-Riquet (Lézignan-la-Cèbe, Hérault, France). Comptes Rendus Palévol 14, p.371-385. [https://doi.org/10.1016/j.crpv.2015.03.009]

Articles published in national or international conference proceedings:

  • Evin A., Pelletier M., Dortel A., Daujat J. (2019) - Photogrammétrie rapprochée, morphométrie géométrique et archéozoologie : une combinaison d’avenir. In: C. Benech, N. Cantin, M.‐A. Languille, A. Mazuy, L. Robinet et A. Zazzo (Eds.), Instrumentation portable : Quels enjeux pour l’archéométrie ?, Actes de la Journée thématique du Réseau National CAI-RN « Compétences Archéométriques Interdisciplinaires » (24 novembre 2016), Archives Contemporaines, Collection Sciences archéologiques, Paris, pp. 81-96.
  • Maureille B., Holliday T.W., Royer A., Pelletier M., Couture-Veschambre C., Discamps E., Gómez-Olivencia A., Lahaye C., Le Gueut E., Lacrampe-Cuyaubère F., Madelaine S., Muth X., Texier J.-P., Turq A. (2016) - New data on the possible Neandertal burial at Regourdou (Montignac-sur-Vézère, Dordogne, France). In : M. Lauwers et A. Zemour (Eds.), Qu’est-ce qu’une sépulture ? Humanités et systèmes funéraires de la préhistoire à nos jours, Actes des XXXVIèmes rencontres Internationales d’Archéologie et d’Histoire d’Antibes (13-15 octobre 2015), APDCA-CNRS, Antibes, pp. 175-191.

Books, chapters:

  • Maureille B., Holliday T.W., Royer A., Pelletier M., Le Gueut E., Madelaine S., Texier J.-P., Lacrampe-Cuyaubère F., Muth X., Couture-Veschambre Ch., Turq A., Bruxelles L., 2016. Regourdou (Montignac-sur-Vézère). In : Turq A., Faivre J.-P., Maureille B., Lahaye C. et Bayle P. (Eds). Néandertal à la loupe. Les Eyzies-de-Tayac : Musée national de Préhistoire, p. 13-14.

National and international conferences

 Scientific communication in a national or international congress:

  • Pelletier M., Niinimäki S., Kotiaho A., Salmi A.-K. (2019) – Identifying the early stages of reindeer domestication by the Sámi in northern Fennoscandia: an exploratory geometric morphometrics approach of forelimb bones. 8th ICAZ Archaeozoology, Genetics, Proteomics and Morphometrics (AGPM) Working Group, National Museum of Natural History of Paris, October 17-18, 2019.
  • Lahaye C., Lebrun B., Guérin G., Texier J.-P., Royer A., Pelletier M., Holliday T.W., Maureille, B. (2019) – Is Regourdou 1 fossil (Montignac, France) the earliest and most complete Neandertal specimen? Symposium in tribute to Rainer Grün, Australia, September, 2019.
  • Maureille B., Holliday T.W., Royer A., Pelletier M., Madelaine S., Lacrampe-Cuyaubère F., Muth X., Le Guet E., Couture-Veschambre C., Gomez-Olivencia A., Discamps E., Texier J.-P., Turq A, Lahaye C. (2017) - A reinterpretation of the Regourdou 1 burial using 3D photogrammetry and field notes from the original excavators. 86th Annual Meeting of the American Association of Physical Anthropologists, New Orleans, April 17-22, 2017.
  • Maureille B., Holliday T.W., Royer A., Pelletier M., Madelaine S., Lacrampe-Cuyaubère F., Muth X., Le Guet E., Couture-Veschambre C., Gomez-Olivencia A., Discamps E., Texier J.-P., Turq A, Lahaye C. (2016) - Regourdou 1 (Dordogne, France): one of the oldest nearly complete Neandertal skeletons? 6th Annual Meeting of the European Society for the study of Human Evolution , Madrid, September 15-18, 2016.
  • Pelletier M., Royer A., Holliday T.W., Maureille B. (2016) - The Rabbit Graveyard of Regourdou (Montignac-sur-Vézère, Dordogne, France): Impact of a warren on faunal assemblages and paleoenvironmental reconstructions. 4th ICAZ Taphonomy Working Group Meeting, Paris, September 7-10, 2016.
  • Maureille B., Couture-Veschambre C., Discamps E., Holliday T.W., Lacrampe-Cuyaubère F., Le Gueut E., Lahaye C., Madelaine S., Muth X., Pelletier M., Royer A., Texier J.-P., Turq A. (2015) - Nouvelles données sur la supposée sépulture néandertalienne à Regourdou (Montignac-sur-Vézère, Dordogne). XXXVIème Rencontres Internationales d'Archéologie et d'Histoire d'Antibes, Antibes, October 13, 2015.
  • Pelletier M., Boudadi-Maligne M., Cochard D., Crochet J.-Y., Bourguignon L. (2015) - Les Léporidés (Lagomorpha, Mammalia) au Temps des Premiers Européens : l’apport du gisement de Bois-de-Riquet (Lézignan-la-Cèbe, Hérault, France). VIIèmes Rencontres Archéozoologiques, Montpellier, June 26, 2015.
  • Bourguignon L., Crochet J.-Y., Capdevila R., Ivorra J., Antoine P.O, Augusti J., Barsky D., Blain H., Boulbes N., Cochard D., De Weyer L., Filoux A., Firmat C., Lozano I., Magniez P., Pelletier M., Rios J., Testu A., Valensi P. (2014) - The Early Pleistocene site of Bois-de-Riquet (Lezignan-la-Cebe, Herault, France): stratigraphy, dating, fauna, andlithics. XVII World UISPP Congress, Burgos, September 1, 2014.

 Workshop:

  • Pelletier M. (2019) – A 3D morphological investigation of forelimb bones to identify the early stages of reindeer domestication. 3rd “Domestication in Action” Project Meeting, University of Oulu, December 4-5, 2019.
  • Pelletier M. (2019) – Domestication and morphological variation of reindeer: a 3D geometric morphometric approach. Reindeer Workshop “Reindeer palaeoecology and human-reindeer relationships in the Pleistocene and Holocene”, University of Oulu, June 18-19, 2019.
  • Pelletier M., Royer A., Lenoble A., Cochard D. (2015) – Fouille d'une garenne de lapins actuels (Oryctolagus cuniculus) : Contribution à l’étude des accumulations naturelles de léporidés. Restitution Day of GDR 3591 TaphEna, Aix-en-Provence, October 27, 2015.
  • Maureille B., Royer A., Pelletier M., Le Gueut E. (2015) – Avancées de nos connaissances sur le gisement de Regourdou. PACEA Scientific Meeting « Retour de terrain », Talence, October 8, 2015.

Posters:

  • Salmi A.-K., Soppela P., Niinimäki S., Pelletier M., Seitsonen O., Fjellström M., Heino M., Kynkäänniemi S., Wallen H., van den Berg M. (2019) – Domestication in Action: Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Reindeer Interaction. 8th ICAZ Archaeozoology, Genetics, Proteomics and Morphometrics (AGPM) Working Group, National Museum of Natural History of Paris, October 17-18, 2019.
  • Discamps E., Rendu W., Royer A., Bayle P., Beauval C., Berlioz E., Bignon-Lau O., Britton K., Burke A., Castel J.-C., Catz N., Chevallier A., Costamagno S., Faivre J.-P., Galán López A., Langlais M., Lenoble A., Mallye J.-B., Naji S., Pelletier M., Pétillon J.-M., Pubert E., Santoni A.-L., Sitzia L., Soulier M.-C., Steele T. (2019) - The DeerPal project: humans and deer during the Palaeolithic, integrating the variability of prey ecology and ethology in the investigation of past human–environment interactions. Workshop “PACE” Prehistoric Adaptations to Cold Environments: multidisciplinary approaches, Nice, January 8-9, 2019.

Project coordination

  • Project funded by the GDR 3591 "Taphonomy, Environment and Archeology" (CNRS-INEE) -  Principal investigator:
  1. First modern referential for natural mortality in the rabbit's habitat
  2. Archaeological excavation of a modern rabbit warren
  3. Taphonomic characterization of an attritional mortality accumulation
  4. Highlighting bioturbation processes linked to burrowings within an archaeological site

Research groups

  • Post-doctoral research fellow, 3D geometric morphometrics, Domestication in Action-Tracing Archaeological Markers of Human-Animal Interaction