Mgr. Peter VRŠANSKÝ, PhD.


Workplace:Bratislava, Dúbravská cesta 9
Phone:+4212 3229 3220
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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.
  • 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)



Current projects:

VEGA 2/0012/14 - Cockroaches in amber
APVV-0436-12 - Evolutionary patterns as indicated by panarthropods


Closed projects:

VEGA 2/0125/09 - Origin of eusociality: cockroach-termite transition
AMBA (UNESCO) - Evolutionary patterns and global environmental changes as indicated by cockroaches, mantids and termites

Selected publications

VRŠANSKÝ, P. - BECHLY, G. New predatory cockroaches (Insecta: Blattaria: Manipulatoridae fam.n.) from the Upper Cretaceous Myanmar amber. In Geologica Carpathica, 2015, vol. 66, no. 2, p. 133-138.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - ARISTOV, D. Termites (Isoptera) from the Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary: Evidence for the longevity of their earliest genera. In European Journal of Entomology, 2014, vol. 111, no. 1, p. 137-141.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - ORUŽINSKÝ, R. - BARNA, P. - VIDLIČKA, Ľ. - LABANDEIRA, C. C. Native Ectobius (Blattaria: Ectobiidae) From the Early Eocene Green River Formation of Colorado and Its Reintroduction to North America 49 Milion Years Later. In Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 2014, vol. 107, no. 1, p. 28-36.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. Mesozoic relative of the common synanthropic German cockroach (Blattodea). In Mitteilungen aus dem Museum fur Naturkunde in Berlin - Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift, 2014, vol. 55, no. 2, p. 215-221.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - CHORVÁT D. Luminescent system of Lucihormetica luckae supported by fluorescence lifetime imaging. In Naturwissenschaften, 2013, vol. 100, no. 11, p. 1099-1101.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - MAKHOUL, E. Mieroblattina pacis gen. et sp. n. – Upper Cretaceous cockroach (Blattida: Mesoblattinidae) from Nammoura limestone of Lebanon. In (D. Azar, M. Engel, E. Jarzembowski, L. Krogmann, J. Santiago-Blay eds). Insect Evolution in an Amberiferous and Stone Alphabet. - Brill, 2013, p. 165-172. E-ISBN: 9789004210714.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - VAN DE KAMP, T. - AZAR, D. - PROKIN, A. - VIDLIČKA, Ľ. - VAGOVIČ, P. Cockroaches Probably Cleaned Up after Dinosaurs. In PLoS ONE, 2013, vol. 8., iss. 12, e80560.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. – VIDLIČKA, Ľ. – BARNA, P. – BUGDAEVA, E. – MARKEVICH, V. Paleocene origin of the cockroach families Blaberidae and Corydiidae: Evidence from Amur River region of Russia. In ZOOTAXA, 2013, vol. 3635, no. 2, p. 117-126.
LIANG, J-H. - VRŠANSKÝ, P. - REN, D. Variability and symmetry of a Jurassic nocturnal predatory cockroach (Blattida: Raphidiomimidae). In Revista Mexicana de Ciencias Geológicas, 2012, vol. 29, no. 2, p. 411-421.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - ARISTOV, D. Enigmatic Late Permian cockroaches from Isady, Russia (Blattida: Mutoviidae fam. n.). In ZOOTAXA, 2012, vol. 3247, p. 19-31.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - CHORVÁT, D. - FRITZSCHE, I. - HAIN, M. - ŠEVČÍK, R. Light-mimicking cockroaches indicate Tertiary origin of recent terrestrial luminescence. In Naturwissenschaften (The Science of Nature), 2012, vol. 99, no. 9, p. 739-749.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - LIANG, J-H. - REN, D. Malformed cockroach (Insecta: Blattida: Liberiblattinidae) from the Middle Jurassic of Daohugou in Inner Mongolia, China. In Oriental Insects : An Internationa Journal of Taxonomy and Zoogeography of Insects and Other Land Arthropods of the Old World Tropics, 2012, vol. 46, no. 1, p. 12-18.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - VIDLIČKA, Ľ. - ČIAMPOR, F., ml. - MARSH, F. Derived, still living cockroach genus Cariblattoides (Blattida: Blattellidae) from the Eocene sediments of Green River in Colorado, USA. In Insect Science, 2012, vol. 19, no. 2, p. 143-152 DOI: 10.1111/j.1744-7917.2010.01390.x.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - CIFUENTES-RUIZ, P. - VIDLIČKA, Ľ. - ČIAMPOR, F., ml. - VEGA, F.J. Afro-Asian cockroach from Chiampas amber and the lost Tertiary American entomofauna. In Geologica Carpathica, 2011, vol. 62, no. 5, p. 463-475.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. A new genus and species of cockroach (Blattida: Phyloblattidae) from the Permian/Triassic boundary beds of Tunguska Basin in eastern Siberia, Russia. In ZOOTAXA, 2010, vol. 2353, p. 55-61.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. Cockroach as the Earliest Eusocial Animal. In Acta Geologica Sinica - English Edition, 2010, vol. 84, no. 4, p. 793-808.
LIANG, J-H. - VRŠANSKÝ, P. - REN, D. - SHIH, C. A new Jurassic carnivorous cockroach (Insecta, Blattaria, Raphidiomimidae) from the Inner Mongolia in China. In ZOOTAXA, 2009, vol. 1974, p. 17-30.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - LIANG, J-H. - REN, D. Advanced morphology and behaviour of extinct earwig-like cockroaches (Blattida: Fuziidae fam. nov.). In Geologica Carpathica, 2009, vol. 60, no. 6, p. 449-462.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. Albian cockroaches (Insecta, Blattida) from French amber of Archingeay. In Geodiversitas, 2009, vol. 31, no. 1, p. 73-98.
ANISYUTKIN, L.N. - GRACHEV, V.G. - PONOMARENKO, A.G. - RASNITSYN, A.P. - VRŠANSKÝ, P. PART II: Fossil Insects in the Cretaceous Mangrove Facies of Southern Negev, Israel. In Plant – Arthropod Interactions in the Early Angiosperm History : Evidence from the Cretaceous of Israel. - Sofia : Pensoft, 2008, p. 189-223. ISBN 978–954–642-315-3.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. A complete larva of a Mesozoic (Early Cenomanian) cockroach (Insecta: Blattaria: Blattulidae) from the Sisteron amber (Alpes de Haute Provence, SE France). In Geologica Carpathica, 2008, vol. 59, no. 3, p. 269-272.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. Central ocellus of extinct cockroaches (Blattida: Caloblattinidae). In ZOOTAXA, 2008, vol. 1958, p. 41-50.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. Late Jurassic Cockroaches (Insecta, Blattaria) from the Houtiyn-Hotgor Locality in Mongolia. In Paleontological Journal, 2008, vol. 42, no. 1, p. 36-42.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. Mesozoic relative of the common synanthropic German cockroach (Blattida). In Deutsche Entomologische Zeitschrift, 2008, vol.55, no. 2, p. 215-221.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. New blattarians and a review of dictyopteran assemblages from the Lower Cretaceous of Mongolia. In Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, 2008, vol. 53, no. 1, p. 129-136.
CIFUENTES-RUIZ, P. - VRŠANSKÝ, P. - VEGA, F.J. - CEVALLOS-FERRIZ, S.R.S. - GONZALES-SORIANO, E. - DELGADO DE JESUS, C.R. Campanian terrestrial arthropods from the Cerro del Pueblo Formation, Difunta Group in northeastern Mexico. In Geologica Carpathica, 2006, vol. 57, no. 5, p. 347-354.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. Mass mutations of insects at the Jurassic/Cretaceous boundary? In Geologica Carpathica, 2005, vol. 56, no. 6, p. 473-482.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. Transitional Jurassic/Cretaceous cockroach assemblage (Insecta, Blattaria) from the Shar-Teg in Mongolia. In Geologica Carpathica, 2004, vol. 55, no. 6, p. 457-468.
VIDLIČKA, Ľ. - VRŠANSKÝ, P. - SHCHERBAKOV, D. Two new troglobitic cockroach species of the genus Speleoblatta (Blattaria: Nocticolidae) from North Thailand. In Journal of Natural History, 2003, vol. 37, p. 107-114.
VRŠANSKÝ, P. - RASNITSYN, A.P. - VISHNIAKOVA, V.N. Order Blattida Latreille, 1810. In History of Insects. - Dodrecht : Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2002, p. 263-270. ISBN 1-4020-0026-X.

In the Catalogue of publications SAS you can find publications since 1999.