Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History

Department of Archaeology

Dr. Corentin Bochaton

10 Kahlaische Straẞe

07745 Jena



Dr. Corentin Bochaton

Dr. Corentin Bochaton

Dr. Corentin Bochaton

Main Focus

Corentin’s research focused on past reptiles and their interactions with human populations. He is also interested by the study of impact of past human populations on their environment using reptiles as a proxy. His research is at the crossroad of Paleontology, Zooarchaeology and Evolutionary Sciences and includes the use of several methods (classical zooarchaeology, descriptive paleontology, paleohistology and, traditional and geometric morphometrics).

Curriculum Vitae

Corentin Bochaton received a B. A. in Archaeology from the University of Lyon in 2011 and an M. S. in Quaternary Sciences and Prehistory from the National museum of natural History of Paris in 2013. In 2016 he completed his doctoral dissertation in which he explored the Pleistocene and Holocene diversity of snakes and lizards fauna from the Guadeloupe islands (French West-Indies) and the interactions of these animals with human populations from pre-Columbian times to nowadays.

After the completion of its PhD he pursue his research in the Caribbean area by studying material from other islands and by conducting fieldworks in order to complete our knowledge about the mostly extinct terrestrial fauna of this region.

In 2017 Corentin was awarded a two years FYSSEN foundation fellowship to join the Department of Archaeology. His postdoctoral research seeks to understand the subsistence economy of Hoabinhian Hunter-Gatherers populations occurring in South-East Asia between Late Pleistocene and 3000 B. P. though the zooarchaeological study of reptile remains found in archaeological deposits.


Mallye J.-B., S. Bailon, C. Bochaton, M. Gala, N. Serrand et A. Lenoble, 2018. Blanchard Cave 2: A historic period Audubon’s shearwater (Puffinus lherminieri) nesting site in Marie-Galante (Guadeloupe islands, FWI), Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports, 17, 250-262. 

Bochaton C., R. Boistel, S. Grouard, I. Ineich, A. Tresset et S. Bailon, 2017. Evolution, diversity and interactions with past human populations of recently extinct Pholidoscelis lizards (Squamata: Teiidae) from the Guadeloupe Islands (French West-Indies), Historical Biology

Bochaton C, S. Bailon, A. Herrel, S. Grouard, I. Ineich, A. Tresset et R. Cornette, 2017. Human impacts reduce morphological diversity in an insular species of lizard, Proceedings of the royal society B, 20170921.

Bochaton C. et M. E. Kemp, 2017. Reconstructing the body sizes of Quaternary lizards using Pholidoscelis Fitzinger, 1843 and Anolis Daudin, 1802 as case studies, Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 37(1).

Bochaton C., S. Bailon, I. Ineich, M. Breuil, A. Tresset et S. Grouard, 2016. From a thriving past to an uncertain future: zooarchaeological evidence of two millennia of human impact on a large emblematic lizard (Iguana delicatissima) on the Guadeloupe Islands (French West Indies), Quaternary Science Reviews, 150, p. 172-183.

Bochaton C., 2016. Describing archaeological Iguana Laurenti, 1768 (Squamata: Iguanidae) populations: Size and skeletal maturity, International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, 26, 719-724.

Bochaton C., R. Boistel, F. Cassagrande, S. Grouard et S. Bailon, 2016. A fossil Diploglossus (Squamata, Anguidae) lizard from Basse-Terre and Grande-Terre islands (Guadeloupe, French West Indies), Scientific Report, 28475(6), p. 1-12.

Bochaton C., S. Grouard, M. Breuil, I. Ineich, A. Tresset et S. Bailon, 2016. Osteological Differentiation of the Iguana Laurenti, 1768 (Squamata: Iguanidae) Species: Iguana iguana (Linnaeus, 1758) and Iguana delicatissima Laurenti, 1768, with some Comments on their Hybrids, Journal of Herpetology, Vol. 50 (2), p. 295-305.

Stoetzel E., A. Fraysse, S. Grouard, C. Bochaton, M. Gala, A. Lenoble et C. Denys, 2016. Diet of the Lesser Antillean barn owl Tyto insularis (Aves: Strigiformes) in Dominica, Caribbean Journal of Science, Vol. 49 (1), p. 91-100.

Boudadi-Maligne M., S. Bailon, C. Bochaton, F. Casagrande, S. Grouard, N. Serrand et A. Lenoble, 2016. Evidence for historical human-induced extinctions of vertebrate species on La Désirade (French West-Indies), Quaternary Research, 85 (1), p. 54-65

Bochaton C., R. Boistel et L. Charles, 2015. X-ray microtomography provides first data about the feeding behavior of a critically endangered lizard, the Monstserrat galliwasp (Diploglossus montisserrati), Royal Society Open Science, 2(12), 150461.

Ineich I., C. Bochaton et J.-P. Policard, 2015. « Les Grenouilles du Résident »: introduction dates of Litoria aurea (Lesson, 1826) (Hylidae) in New Caledonia and Wallis Island (Wallis and Futuna) by Europeans, Herpetology Notes, 8, 495-499.

Bailon S., C. Bochaton et A. Lenoble. 2015. New data on Pleistocene and Holocene herpetofauna of Marie Galante (Blanchard Cave, Guadeloupe Islands, French West Indies): Insular faunal turnover and human impact, Quaternary Science Reviews, 128, p. 127-137.

Bochaton C., V. de Buffrénil, M. Lemoine, S. Bailon et I. Ineich, 2015. Body location and tail regeneration effects on osteoderms morphology – are they useful tools for systematics, paleontology and skeletochronology in diploglossine lizards (Squamata, Anguidae)?, Journal of Morphology, 276 (11), p. 1333-1344.

Bochaton C., S. Grouard, R. Cornette, I. Ineich, A. Lenoble, A. Tresset et S. Bailon,2015. Fossil and subfossil herpetofauna from Cadet 2 Cave (Marie-Galante, Guadeloupe Islands, F. W. I.): Evolution of an insular herpetofauna since the Late Pleistocene, Comptes Rendus Palevol, 14(2), p. 101-110.

Lenoble A., C. Bochaton, T. Bos, E. Discamps et A. Queffelec, 2014. Predation of Lesser Naked-backed Bats (Pteronotus davyi) by a Pair of American Kestrels (Falco sparverius) on the Island of Marie-Galante, French West Indies, Journal of Raptor Research, 48 (1), p. 78-81.

Organizational Unit (Department, Group, Facility):

  • Department of Archaeology
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