Dr Ninon Robin

So far, my research in palaeontology has addressed the contact associations of fossil organisms and their implications for the identification of possible palaeosymbioses (parasitic, commensal or mutualistic types) or palaeopredations in different contexts of preservations (sediments, amber, chert). I am interested in all aspects of interspecific associations and their evolution, mainly involving fossil invertebrates, but also vertebrates and plants as hosts. Going through cases of fossil direct associations, I became interested in microtaphonomy as a tool for the understanding of these associations, as well as other examples of quite exceptional preservations. At the palaeolab, I am investigating a different model: that of the integumentary anatomy of exceptionally preserved fossils of amphibians and reptiles, combined to modern skins actual composition and pathways of decay and maturation. I wish to use this structural approach to develop skills and understanding in microtaphonomy (fossil patterns & experiments) and being able to apply it further when documenting exceptional fossil cases of soft-tissues or biotic associations.


Audo, D., Robin, N., Luque, J., Krobicki, M., J.T., Haug, C., Jauvion C., Charbonnier S., 2019. Palaeoecology of Voulteryon parvulus (Eucrustacea, Polychelida) from the Middle Jurassic of La Voulte-sur-Rhône Fossil-Lagerstätte (France). Scientific Reports, 9(1), 5332. DOI: 10.1038/s41598-019-41834-6.

Boura, A., Saulnier, G., De Franceschi, D., Gomez, B., Daviero-Gomez, V., Pons, D., Garcia, G., Robin, N., Boiteau, J-M., Valentin, X., 2019. Vesselless angiosperm: Early record from the middle Cenomanian of the Envigne valley, western France. IAWA Journal, 1, 2-21. DOI: 10.1163/22941932-40190238.

Robin, N., Marramà, G., Vonk, R., Kriwet, J., Carnevale, G., 2019. Eocene isopods on electric rays: tracking ancient biological interactions from a complex fossil record. Palaeontology, 62(2), 287-303. DOI: 1111/pala.1239.

Robin, N., Boura, A., Velasquez, M., Garcia, G., Jauvion, C., Boiteau J.-M., Gomez, B., Daviero-Gomez, V., Valentin, X., 2018. The oldest shipworms (Bivalvia, Pholadoidea, Teredinidae) preserved with soft parts (western France): insights into the fossil record and evolution of Pholadoidea. Palaeontology, 61(6), 905-918. DOI: 1111/pala.12376.

Robin, N., Van Bakel, B.W.M., Blanc-Valleron, M-M., Noël, P., Lemaire, L., Charbonnier, S., 2018. First fossil crabs (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura) from the Kerguelen Islands (Miocene) and their exceptionally preserved gills. Journal of Paleontology, 92(3), 466-477. DOI: 11017/jpa.2017.129.

Van Bakel, B.W.M., Robin, N., Charbonnier, S., Saward, J., 2017. Revision of Dromilites bucklandii (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura): type material revealing its real identity, a junior synonym, and a new species. Paleontologia electronica, 20(3), 1-12. DOI: 10.26879/813.

Key, M., Hyžný, M., Khosravi, E., Hudáčková, N., Robin, N., Mirzaie Ataabadi, M., 2017. Bryozoan epibiosis on fossil crabs: a rare occurrence from the Miocene of Iran. Palaios, 32(8), 491-505. DOI: 2110/palo.2017.040.

Robin, N., Van Bakel, W.M., Pacaud, J-M., Charbonnier, S., 2017. Decapod crustaceans from the Palaeocene (Danian) of the Parisian Basin (Vigny stratotype and allied localities) and a limpet palaeoassociation. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, 15(4), 257-273. DOI: 10.1080/14772019.2016.1182950.

Gašparič, R., Fraaije, R.H., Robin, N., De Angeli, A., 2016. The first record of paguroids from the Eocene of Istria (Croatia) and further phylogenetic refinement of the paguroidea (Crustacea, Anomura). Bulletin of Geosciences, 91(3), 467-480. DOI: 10.3140/bull.geosci.1616.

Robin, N., Foldi, I., Godinot, M., Petit, G., 2016. Scale insect larvae preserved in vertebrate coprolites (Le Quesnoy, France, Lower Eocene): palaeoecological insights. The Science of Nature, 103, 85. DOI: 10.1007/s00114-016-1412-x.

Robin, N., Sidorchuk, E., Béthoux, O., Cui, Y., Li, Y., Germain, D., King, A., Berenguer, F., Ren, D. 2016. A Carboniferous mite on an insect: antiquity of an inconspicuous interaction revealed. Current Biology, 26, 1-7. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.03.068.

Robin, N., Simpson, M., Merle, D., Petit, G., Charbonnier, S., 2016. Bivalves on mecochirid lobsters from the Aptian of the Isle of Wight: snapshot on an early Cretaceous palaeosymbiosis. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 453, 10-19. DOI: 1016/j.palaeo.2016.03.025.

Hyžný, M., Perrier, V., Robin, N., Martin, J.E., Sarr, R., 2015. Costacopluma (Decapoda: Brachyura: Retroplumidae) from the Maastrichtian and Paleocene of Senegal: a survivor of K/P boundary Cretaceous Research, 57, 142-156. DOI: 1016/j.cretres.2015.08.010.

Robin, N., Van Bakel, W.M., D’Hondt, J-L., Charbonnier, S., 2015. A new early brachyuran (Crustacea, Decapoda) from the Middle Jurassic of northwest France, epibionts and ecological considerations. Contributions to Zoology, 84(3), 179-191.

Robin, N., Bernard, S., Miot, J., Blanc-Valleron, M-M., Charbonnier, S., Petit, G., 2015. ­Calcification and diagenesis of bacterial colonies. Minerals, 5, 488-506. DOI: 3390/min5030488.

Robin, N., Petit, G., Charbonnier, S., 2015. A newly recognized Mesozoic–Recent interspecific association: calcifying bacteria on decapod crustaceans. Lethaia, 48(4), 463-473. DOI: 1111/let.12120.

Petit, G., Robin, N., Zorzin, R., Merle, D., 2014. Fossil Gastropods (?Aclis aenigmaticus sp.) on a fish from the Monte Bolca Lagerstätte (Eocene, Northern Italy): an enigmatic association. Studi e ricerche sui giacimenti terziari di Bolca, XV – Miscellanea paleontologica, 12, 129-136.

Robin, N., Charbonnier, S., Bartolini, A., Petit, G., 2013. First occurrence of encrusting nubeculariids (Foraminifera) on a mobile host (Crustacea, Decapoda) from the Upper Jurassic Eichstätt Lagerstätte, Germany: a new possible relation of phoresy. Marine Micropalaeontology, 104, 44-52. DOI: 1016/j.marmicro.2013.09.001.



Robin N. Importance of data on fossil symbioses for parasite-host evolution. In De Baets K & Huntley J.W. (eds.) The evolution and fossil record of parasitism – Identification and macroevolution of parasites, vol. 2. Topics in Geobiology, Springer, Dordrecht. in press.



2019-present: Irish Research Council post-doctoral fellow. The evolution of the integument in terrestrial vertebrates: insights from taphonomy and exceptionally preserved Eocene fossils. University College Cork – Cork, Ireland.

2018-2019: Fulbright post-doctoral scholar. Tracking 100 million years of biological symbioses in fossil termites. New Jersey Institute of Technology and American Museum of Natural History – Newark, NJ and New York City, NY, USA.

2016-2018: Research and Teaching Assistant. Interspecific relationships in marine fossil invertebrates. Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle – Paris, France.

2016: Research project manager. ABIeS: Anatomical Base for IdEntifying Softwood (Botanics). Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle – Paris, France.

2012-2015: PhD in Invertebrate palaeontology. Epibionts and parasites of fossil and modern crustaceans: paleoecological insights, identification of paleosymbioses and evolution through time. Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle – Paris, France.

2010-2012: Master. Systematics, Evolution, Palaeobiodiversity. Muséum national d’Histoire naturelle – Paris, France.

2007-2010: Bsc (Ord). Earth and life Sciences. UFR Sciences et Techniques – Nantes, France.