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 (Ghent University, Belgium), Steve Pates (University of Oxford) 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 (Ghent University, Belgium), 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: Prof. Jianni Liu (Northwest University, China), Prof. John Paterson (UNE, Australia), Dr. John Peel (Uppsala University, Sweden), and Dr. Jean Vannier (University Lyon 1, France).

The origin of chelicerates (spiders, scorpians and relatives)

Main collaborators: Dr. Javier Ortega-Hernandez (Cambridge University, UK).


2018 (or 'in press')

Lefebvre, B. & Lerosey-Aubril, R. 2018 (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. & Peel J.S. 2018 (online). Gut evolution in early Cambrian trilobites and the origin of predation on infaunal macroinvertebrates: evidence from muscle scars in Mesolenellus. Palaeontology. doi: 10.1111/pala.12365

Lerosey-Aubril, R. & Skabelund, J. 2018. Messorocaris, a new sanctacaridid-like arthropod from the middle Cambrian Wheeler Formation (Utah, USA). Geological Magazine, 155: 181–186.

Lerosey-Aubril R., Gaines R.R., Hegna T.A., Ortega-Hernández J., Van Roy P., Kier C. & Bonino E. 2018 (online). The Weeks Formation Konservat-Lagerstätte and the evolutionary transition of Cambrian marine life. Journal of the Geological Society, 175. doi: 10.1144/jgs2018-042.

Liu J., Lerosey-Aubril R., Steiner M., Dunlop J.A., Shu D. & Paterson J.R. 2018. Origin of raptorial feeding in juvenile euarthropods revealed by a Cambrian radiodontan. National Science Review.

Zhu X.*, Lerosey-Aubril R.* & Ortega-Hernández J. 2018 (online). Occurrence of the aglaspidid arthropod Beckwithia in the Furongian Guole Konservat-Lagerstätte of South China. Palaeoworld (online). doi: 10.1016/j.palwor.2018.04.002 [* equal contributors]


Lerosey-Aubril, R. 2017. Exceptional preservation in the later Cambrian: insights into a cryptic phase of the early evolution of animals. In Zhang Y.D., Zhan R.B., Fan J.X. & Muir L.A. (eds.), Filling the gap between the Cambrian Explosion and the GOBE – IGCP Project 653 Annual Meeting 2017, pp. 61–65. Hangzhou, Zhejiang University Press.

Lerosey-Aubril, R., Zhu, X. & Ortega-Hernández, J. 2017. The Vicissicaudata revisited – insights from a new aglaspidid arthropod with caudal appendages from the Furongian of China. Scientific Reports, 7: 11117. doi: 10.1038/s41598-017-11610-5

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.

Zhu X., Lerosey-Aubril R. & Ortega-Hernández J. 2017. The Furongian Guole Konservat-Lagerstätte from South China. In Zhang, Y.D., Zhan, R.B., Fan, J.X. & Muir, L.A. (eds.), Filling the gap between the Cambrian Explosion and the GOBE – IGCP Project 653 Annual Meeting 2017, pp. 245–248. Hangzhou, Zhejiang University Press.


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.

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Palaeoscience Research Centre