Mgr. Peter Vršanský, PhD.

Research interests:
  • Evolution and protection of animals and ecosystems


  • Mgr. at the Comenius University, Bratislava, Slovakia (diplom at the Russian Academy of sciences with stays at BNHM London, Imperial College Ascot, AMNH New York, Greifswald University etc.)
  • PhD at the Geological Institute of the Slovak Academy of Sciences in Bratislava and Lomonosov University in Moscow.


  • Zikmund and Hanzelka (UNESCO WH) award for the 1995 project, Czech Republic
  • The prize of the Czech Geographical Magazine (best 1997 project).
  • Recognition of the Presidium of the Russian Academy of Sciences (1998-2001)
  • The Systematic Association, 1998: Systematics of sensillar apparatus of the fossil insects
  • AMNH, New York: Umenocoleus, an amazing living fossil insect form
  • The highest Academic Award of the Rector of the Comenius University, Slovakia 1998
  • NABU prize 1999 (Berlin and Greifswald): Baikal Seal project
  • Hans Rauting collective prize (auspiced by A.P. Rasnitsyn) for the best paleontological publication of the year 2002
  • NMNH prize (Washington D.C.) 2005: contribution to the origin of the modern ecosystems (insects from the Green River)


Selected publications:

Vršanský, P. (2000): Decreasing variability-from the Carboniferous to the Present! (Validated on independent lineages of Blattaria). Paleontol. J. 34 (Suppl. 3): 374-379.

Vršanský, P., D. Chorvát, I. Fritzsche, M. Hain & R. Ševčík, 2012. Light-mimicking cockroaches indicate Tertiary origin of recent terrestrial luminescence. Naturwissenschaften 99, 9: 739-749.

Referred in Science, Nature, PNAS, BBC (5, 3 title pages), National Geographic (9), Scientific American, Time (2), New Scientist (3), Times of India, Vesti (3) etc.