Dr Rudy Lerosey-Aubril

Lecturer - School of Environmental and Rural Science

Rudy Lerosey-Aubril

Phone: +61 2 6773 3296

Email: rlerosey@une.edu.au


2015-: Lecturer, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England (Australia)

2012-2014: Post-doctoral researcher (French National Research Agency), Laboratory of Geology of Lyon, University Claude Bernard Lyon 1 (France)

2009-2012: Section leader (Researcher/Curator), Senckenberg Research Institute, Frankfurt-am-Main (Germany)

2006-2007: Lecturer (fixed term), Observatory of the Physics of the Globe, University Blaise Pascal, Clermont-Ferrand (France)

2004-2005: Lecturer (fixed term), Institute of Evolutionary Sciences, University Montpellier 2 (France)

2001-2004: Graduate Teaching Assistant, Institute of Evolutionary Sciences, University Montpellier 2 (France)


2001-2004: Ph.D. (Palaeontology) – University Montpellier 2, France.

1999-2001: M.Sc. (Palaeontology, Palaeobiology & Phylogeny) – University Montpellier 2, France.

1997-1999: B.Sc. (Biology) – University Rennes 1, France.

Teaching Areas

Research Interests

  • Evolution of metazoan communities during the Early Palaeozoic, as evidenced by exceptionally-preserved biotas
  • Palaeobiology of extinct arthropods
  • Processes of soft-tissue fossilization
  • Ontogeny, evolution and extinction of trilobites

Current research projects

Exceptionally preserved fossils from various Cambro-Ordovician Konservat-Lagerstätten

Wheeler Fm., Marjum Fm., and especially Weeks Fm. (Utah, USA)

Main collaborators: Dr. Bob Gaines (Pomona College, USA), Dr. Tom Hegna (Western Illinois University, USA), Dr. Javier Ortega-Hernandez (Cambridge University, UK), Dr. Peter Van Roy (Yale University, USA), and Quintin Sahratian (University of Utah, USA).

National Geographic Society, Research & Exploration Program #9567-14, 'The Weeks Formation Lagerstätte (Utah, USA): a unique window on the evolution of animal life during the late Cambrian'. (PI: R. Lerosey-Aubril).

Fezouata Shale (Morocco)

Main collaborators: Dr. Bertrand Lefebvre (University Lyon 1, France), Dr. Peter Van Roy (Yale University, USA), and Dr. Javier Ortega-Hernandez (Cambridge University, UK).

And others from the USA, Canada, China…

Diversity of feeding strategies in Cambrian arthropods and the emergence of the first complex trophic systems

Main collaborator: Dr. Jean Vannier (University Lyon 1, France).

Miscellaneous: the ventral eyes of trilobites, fossilized respiratory organs in Mesozoic aquatic insects, the putative antennae of thylacocephalan arthropods…


2017 (or ‘in press’)

Lefebvre, B. & Lerosey-Aubril, R. 2017 (online). Laurentian origin of solutan echinoderms: new evidence from the Guzhangian (Cambrian Series 3) Weeks Formation of Utah, USA. Geological Magazine. doi: 10.1017/S0016756817000152

Lerosey-Aubril, R. & Skabelund, J. 2017 (online). Messorocaris, a new sanctacaridid-like arthropod from the middle Cambrian Wheeler Formation (Utah, USA). Geological Magazine.

Lerosey-Aubril, R., Zhu, X. & Ortega-Hernández, J. In Review. An aglaspidid arthropod with caudal appendages from the Furongian of China: implications for the definition and phylogeny of the Vicissicaudata supercl. nov.

Lerosey-Aubril, R., Paterson, J.R., Gibb, S. & Chatterton, B.D.E. 2017. Exceptionally-preserved late Cambrian fossils from the McKay Group (British Columbia, Canada) and the evolution of tagmosis in aglaspidid arthropods. Gondwana Research, 42: 264–279.

Ortega-Hernández, J., Lerosey-Aubril, R., Van Roy, P., Gaines, R.R. & Hegna, T.A. In Review. A macroscopic lobopodian from the Guzhangian (Cambrian Series 3) Weeks Formation Konservat-Lagerstätte in Utah.


Lefebvre, B., Lerosey-Aubril, R., Servais, T. & Van Roy, P. 2016. The Fezouata Biota: An exceptional window on the Cambro-Ordovician faunal transition. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 460: 1–6.

Lefebvre, B., El Hariri, K., Lerosey-Aubril, R., Servais, T. & Van Roy, P. 2016. The Fezouata Shale (Lower Ordovician, Anti-Atlas, Morocco): A historical review. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 460: 7-23.

Martin, E.L.O.*, Lerosey-Aubril, R.* & Vannier, J. 2016. Palaeoscolecid worms from the Lower Ordovician Fezouata Lagerstätte, Morocco: palaeoecological and palaeogeographical implications. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 460: 130–141. [* equal contributors]

Martin, E.L.O., Pittet, B., Gutiérrez-Marco, J.-C., Vannier, J.,  El Hariri, K., Lerosey-Aubril, R., Masrour, M., Nowak, H., Servais, T., Vandenbroucke, T.R.A., Van Roy, P., Vaucher, R. & Lefebvre, B. In press. The Lower Ordovician Fezouata Konservat-Lagerstätte from Morocco: age, environment and evolutionary perspectives. Gondwana Research, 34: 274-283.

Ortega-Hernández J., Van Roy P. & Lerosey-Aubril R. 2016.  A new aglaspidid euarthropod with a six-segmented trunk from the Lower Ordovician Fezouata Konservat-Lagerstätte, Morocco. Geological Magazine 153: 524-526.

Zacaï A., Vannier J. & Lerosey-Aubril R. 2016. Reconstructing the diet of Cambrian arthropods: Sidneyia inexpectans from the Burgess Shale fauna. Arthropod Structure & Development 45: 200-220.


Lerosey-Aubril R. 2015. Notchia weugi gen. et sp. nov., a new short-headed arthropod from the Weeks Formation Konservat-Lagerstätte (Cambrian; Utah). Geological Magazine 152: 351–357.

Ortega-Hernández J., Lerosey-Aubril R., Kier C. & Bonino E. 2015. A rare non-trilobite artiopodan from the Guzhangian (Cambrian Series 3) Weeks Formation Konservat-Lagerstätte in Utah, USA. Palaeontology 58: 265–276.


Lerosey-Aubril R., Hegna T.A., Babcock L.E., Bonino E. & Kier C. 2014. Arthropod appendages from the Weeks Formation Konservat-Lagerstätte: new occurrences of anomalocaridids in the Cambrian of Utah, USA. Bulletin of Geosciences, 89: 269–282.

Vannier J., Liu J., Lerosey-Aubril R., Vinther J. & Daley A.C. 2014. Sophisticated digestive systems in early arthropods. Nature Communications, 5 (3641): 1–9.

Zhu X., Lerosey-Aubril R. & Esteve J. 2014. Gut fossilization and evidence for detritus feeding habits in an enrolled trilobite from the Cambrian of China. Lethaia, 47: 66–76.


Fatka O., Lerosey-Aubril R., Budil P. & Rak S. 2013. Fossilised guts in trilobites from the Upper Ordovician Letná Formation (Prague Basin, Czech Republic). Bulletin of Geosciences, 88: 95–104.

Hegna T.A., Legg D.A., Møller O.S., Van Roy P. & Lerosey-Aubril R. 2013. The correct authorship of the taxon name ‘Arthropoda’. Arthropod Systematics & Phylogeny, 71: 71–74.

Lerosey-Aubril R. & Meyer R. 2013. The sensory dorsal organs of crustaceans. Biological Reviews, 88: 406-426.

Lerosey-Aubril R., Ortega-Hernández J. & Zhu X. 2013. The first aglaspidid sensu stricto from the Cambrian of China (Sandu Formation, Guangxi). Geological Magazine, 150: 565–571.

Lerosey-Aubril R., Ortega-Hernández J., Kier C. & Bonino E. 2013. Occurrence of the Ordovician-type aglaspidid Tremaglaspisin the Cambrian Weeks Formation (Utah, USA). Geological Magazine, 150: 945–951.


Lerosey-Aubril R. 2012. The Late Palaeozoic trilobites of Iran and Armenia and their palaeogeographical significance. Geological Magazine, 149: 1023–1045.

Lerosey-Aubril R., Hegna T.A., Kier C., Bonino E., Habersetzer J. & Carré M. 2012. Controls on gut phosphatisation: the trilobites from the Weeks Formation Lagerstätte (Cambrian; Utah). PLoS ONE7(3): e32934.

Lerosey-Aubril R. & Feist R. 2012. Quantitative approach of diversity and decline in late Palaeozoic trilobites. In: Talent, J.A. (Ed.), Earth and Life: Global Biodiversity, Extinction Intervals and Biogeographic Perturbations through Time, pp. 535–555. Springer Publishing.

Complete list of publications and PDFs are available here.

Related Links

Palaeoscience Research Centre