Interdisciplinary approach of the evolution of prehension & manipulation My main research interest concerns the evolution of grasping and manipulative behaviour, including tool use. I combine a variety of ethological and experimental approaches (e.g. behavioural observation, tool use experiments, biomechanical modelling...) in an explicit comparative framework: mammals (primates, elephants, carnivorous), amphibians, birds, arthropods (crustaceans, spiders). I am especially interested in the influence that the ecological factors (arboreal environment, food properties) have on the evolution of the food acquisition and manipulation of objects. I also exploit my data in the frame of Paleoanthropology and Robotics in order to 1) transfer my biological data to paleoanthropologists to infer abilities of fossil taxa and also to robotists in order to improve prehensile robots, and 2) use prehension modelling in human biomechanics and robotics to better understand biological systems.