yves coppens


July 6, 2022

Yves Coppens (Gwened, 9 August 1934 - Paris, 22 June 2022) was a Breton paleontologist. He graduated from the University of Rennes studying ancient hominids and received his doctorate from the Faculty of Science at the Sorbonne in Paris with a thesis on proboscis. He specialized in paleoanthropology and thus investigated the Carnac alignments under the direction of Jean Piveteau. He also expanded his knowledge of anthropology, participating in a documentary series entitled "The Origins of Humanity" (2003). He is the author of the "East Side Story" which explains the separation of humans from great apes for geological and climatic reasons in the Miocene. Copens was one of the paleontologists who led the team that discovered the famous australopithecine hominid Lucy in Ethiopia in 1974. He was also a professor at the Collège de France (1983) and the National Museum of Natural History (1954). He also worked at the National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS). He was also a member of the National Academy of Medicine and the Academy of Sciences and a collaborator with the Museum of Man in Paris and the Quai Branly Museum. The Asteroid (172850) Coppens, located in the asteroid belt , was named in his honor in 2005.


The Monkey, Africa and Man, 1983, Fayard, ISBN 2213012725 Origins of biped (with Brigitte Senut), 1992, CNRS, ISBN 2222046025 The most beautiful history in the world (in collaboration with Hubert Reeves, Joël de Rosnay et Dominique Simonnet), 1996, Seuil, ISBN 2020505762 Lucy's Knee: The History of Man and the History of His History, 1999, Odile Jacob, ISBN 2738103340 Preambles: The First Steps of Man, 1999, Odile Jacob, ISBN 2738109365 Great interview, 2001 The origins of man: reality, myth, fashion (collective work), 2001, Artcom At the origins of humanity T1 and T2 (with Pascal Picq), 2002, Fayard Cradles of Humanity: From Origins to the Bronze Age, 2003, Larousse The Odyssey of the Species, 2003, EPA, ISBN 2851206044 Homo sapiens and the Wolf Child, 2004, Flammarion, ISBN 2081627981 Chronicles of a Paleontologist, 2004, Odile Jacob, ISBN 2738111122 Human History and Climate Change, 2006, Collège de France and Fayard, ISBN 2-213-62872-6


External links

Interview in Lexnews magazine (French)