Vertebrate Paleontology

Rea Post-doctoral Research Fellow Pauline Coster

4400 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213-4080

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Academic Training 

PhD, 2010, Institut International de Paléoprimatologie, Paléontologie Humaine: Evolution et Paléoenvironnements (IPHEP), University of Poitiers

General Research Interests 

  • Mammalian paleontology and evolution
  • Rodent paleontology and evolution
  • Magnetic polarity stratigraphy
  • Biostratigraphy
  • Paleogeography

Research Emphases  

  • Paleogene African anthropoid-bearing deposits
    Magnetic polarity stratigraphy of the Late Paleogene primate-bearing deposits of North Africa and establishment of a high resolution magnetic polarity scale for the Late Paleogene African deposits.
  • Systematics, biochronology, and phylogeny of early hystricognathous rodents
    Description and biostratigraphic study of Phiomyidaerodents assemblages from the Eocene-Oligocene deposits of central Libya. Cladistic analysis and systematic of the early hystricognathous rodents.
  • Miocene Asiatic hominoid-bearing deposits
    Magnetic polarity stratigraphy, rock magnetic analyses and biostratigraphic studies of the Late Miocene bearing deposits of Myanmar (Irrawaddy Formation, Magway province) and Thailand (Mae Moh District, Lampang Province).


  • Coster P., Beard K.C., Aung Naing Soe, Chit Sein, Chaimanee Y., Lazzari V., Valentin X., Jaeger J.-J. (2013). Uniquely derived upper molar morphology of Eocene Amphipithecidae (Primates: Anthropoidea): Homology and phylogeny. Journal of Human Evolution,
  • Chavasseau O., Aung Aung Khyaw, Chaimanee Y., Coster P., Emonet E.G., Aung Naing Soe, Rugbumrung M., Soe Thura Tun, Jaeger J.-J. (2013) Advances in the Biochronology and Biostratigraphy of the Continental Neogene of Myanmar, In: X. Wang, L. J. Flynn, & M. Fortelius (Eds), Fossil mammals of Asia: Neogene biostratigraphy and chronology, chapter 19.
  • Grohé C., Morlo M., Chaimanee Y., Blondel C., Coster P., Valentin X., Salem M., Bilal A.A., Jaeger J.-J., Michel B. (2012). New Apterodontinae (Hyaenodontida) from the Eocene Locality of Dur At-Talah (Libya): Systematic, Paleoecological and Phylogenetical Implications. PLoS ONE 7(11): e49054.
  • Tabuce R., Jaeger J.-J., Marivaux L., Salem M., Bilal A.A, Benammi M., Chaimanee Y., Coster P., Marandat B., Valentin X., Brunet M. (2012). New stem elephant-shrews (Mammalia, Macroscelidea) from the Eocene of Dur At-Talah, Libya. Palaeontology 55(5): 945-955.
  • Coster P., Benammi M., Mahboubi M., Tabuce R., Adaci M., Marivaux L., Bensalah M., Mahboubi S., Mahboubi A., Mebrouk F., Maameri C., Jaeger J.-J. (2012). Chronology of the Eocene continental deposits of Africa: magnetic polarity stratigraphy and biostratigraphy of El Kohol and Glib Zegdou formations, Algeria. Geological Society of America Bulletin 124: 1590-1606.
  • Coster P., Benammi M., Salem M., Bilal A.A., Chaimanee Y., Valentin X., Brunet M., Jaeger J.-J. (2012). New hystricognathous rodents from the lower Oligocene of Central Libya (Zallah Oasis, Saharan desert): systematic, phylogenetic and biochronologic implications. Annals of Carnegie Museum 80(3): 239-259.
  • Jaeger J.-J., Naing Soe A., Chavasseau O., Coster P., Emonet E.-G., Guy F., Lebrun R., Maung A., Aung Khyaw A., Shwe H., Thura Tun S., Linn Oo K., Rugbumrung M., Bocherens H., Benammi M., Chaivanich K., Tafforeau P., Chaimanee Y. (2011). First hominoid from the late Miocene of the Irrawaddy Formation (Myanmar). PLoS ONE 6(4): e17065.
  • Jaeger J.-J., Beard K.C., Chaimanee Y., Salem M., Benammi M., Hlal O., Coster P., Bilal A.A., Duringer P., Schuster M., Valentin X., Marandat B., Marivaux L., Métais E., Hammuda O., Brunet M. (2010). Late middle Eocene epoch of Libya yields earliest known radiation of African anthropoids. Nature 467: 1095-1098. Click here for e-print (PDF) 
  • Coster P., Benammi M., Chaimanee Y., Yamee C., Chavasseau O., Emonet E.-G., Jaeger J.-J. (2010). A complete magnetic-polarity stratigraphy of the Miocene continental deposits of Mae Moh Basin, northern Thailand, and a reassessment of the age of hominoid-bearing localities in northern Thailand. Geological Society of America Bulletin 122: 1180-1191. Click here for e-print (PDF) 
  • Coster P., Benammi M., Lazzari V., Billet G., Martin T., Salem M., Bilal A.A., Chaimanee Y., Schuster M., Valentin X., Brunet M., Jaeger J.-J. (2010). Gaudeamus lavocati sp. nov. (Rodentia, Hystricognathi) from the early Oligocene of Zallah, Libya: First African caviomorph? Naturwissenschaften 97: 697-706. Click here for e-print (PDF) 
  • Chavasseau O., Chaimanee Y., Coster P., Emonet E.-G., Aung Naing Soe, Aung Aung Kyaw, Aye Maung, Rugbumrung M., Hla Shwe, Jaeger J.-J. (2010). First record of a chalicothere from the Miocene of Myanmar. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 55: 13-22. Click here for e-print (PDF)