Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, has decided to entrust to paleontologist Yves Coppens, honorary professor at the Collège de France, the presidency of the scientific council of the Lascaux cave.

This body replaces the scientific committee of the Lascaux cave set up in 2002 and whose mandate expired in June 2009.

The new Scientific Council meets the commitments made at the end of the international symposium in February 2009:

Yves Coppens held the chair of Paleoanthropology and Prehistory between 1983 and 2005.

Present in numerous national and international bodies managing the disciplines of its competence, he is a member of the Academy of Sciences and the National Academy of Medicine and also a correspondent or associate professor of several learned societies and foreign universities: Royal Society of South Africa, Universities of Bologna, Liège and Chicago.

Yves Coppens also runs a laboratory associated with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, the Centre de Recherches Anthropologiques - Musée de l'Homme and two collections of CNRS works, the Cahiers de Paleéoanthropologie and the Travaux de Paleéoanthropologie est-african.

- See the dedicated site of the Lascaux cave: http://www.lascaux.culture.en/