Christophe Hendrickx

PhD at Universidade Nova de Lisboa (now at University of the Witwatersrand)


Christophe Hendrickx has a passion for dinosaurs and vertebrate palaeontology starting at the age of 6. In order to fulfill his dream of becoming a palaeontologist, he did a licence of geology at the Université of Liège (Belgium) for 5 years as well as a master in palaeobiology at the University of Bristol (England) before finding a PhD research project on dinosaurs at the Universidade Nova de Lisboa in Portugal. His research project concerns the evolution of teeth and some cranial bones in meet-eating dinosaurs (theropods), which leaded him to travel to Argentina, United States and Europe in order to visit collections. He participated in several digging seasons in France, Russia and Portugal, and is currently working on the description of theropod materials from the Lourinhã Formation of Portugal, including some embryonic (Araújo et al., 2013) and adult specimens of the large predatory dinosaur Torvosaurus.

PHD Topic: Evolution of teeth and feeding-related bones in non-avian theropods (started in 2010)

His Website on Spinosauridae (in French):


Hendrickx, C., Araújo, R. and Mateus, O. 2012. The nonavian theropod quadrate: systematic usefulness, major trends and phylogenetic morphometrics analysis. 72nd Annual Meeting Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, Raleigh, USA. (October 17-20, 2012), Program and Abstracts 110.

Hendrickx, C. and Buffetaut, E. 2008. Functional interpretation of spinosaurid quadrates (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Mid-Cretaceous of Morocco. 56th Annual Symposium of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Comparative Anatomy. Dublin (September 2nd-6th 2008) 25–26.

Hendrickx, C. and Mateus, O. in press. Abelisauridae (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Late Jurassic of Portugal and dentition-based phylogeny as a contribution for the identification of isolated theropod teeth. Zootaxa.