Andrew Ross is the head of the Palaeobiology Section which includes all the fossil collections.

Dr Andrew RossDr Ross studied geology (BSc) at Kingston Polytechnic and a PhD on fossil cockroaches at the University of Brighton. He worked at the Palaeontology Department of the Natural History Museum in London for 15 years, where he progressed from part-time Curator of Fossil Insects, through Curator of Fossil Arthropods to a Collections Manager within the Invertebrate & Plants Division. 

He joined National Museums Scotland in 2008, initially as the Principal Curator of Invertebrate Palaeobiology, then in the present position when the fossil invertebrate and vertebrate sections were merged.

His main research interest is in fossil terrestrial arthropods, particularly insects, though he also studies fossil Crustacea, Chelicerata and Myriapoda. He is fascinated by changes (origination and extinction) to their family-level diversity through time and also what they can infer about palaeoecology, palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate. He is also very interested in the exquisite preservation of insects in amber, in particular Burmese amber.

He is the handling editor for the results from a large international INTAS-funded project on fossil insects from the Isle of Wight and a key researcher in a NERC-funded project looking at the evolution of Lower Carboniferous terrestrial faunas. He is also currently co-supervising Richard Kelly, a PhD student at the University of Bristol, who is looking at the insect response to the end Triassic mass extinction.

Ten selected publications

  1. Mey, W., Wichard, W., Müller, P., Ross, A. & Ross, E. 2018. New taxa of Tarachoptera from Burmese amber (Insecta, Amphiesmenoptera). Cretaceous Research 90: 154-162.
  2. Kelly, R., Ross, A.J. & Coram, R. 2018. A review of Necrotauliids from the Triassic/Jurassic of England (Trichoptera: Necrotauliidae). Psyche DOI: 10.1155/2018/6706120.
  3. Smith, R.D.A. & Ross, A.J. 2018. Amberground pholadid bivalve borings and inclusions in Burmese amber: Implications for proximity of resin-producing forests to brackish waters, and the age of the amber. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 107: 239-247.
  4. Kelly, R.S. & Ross, A.J. 2018.  Earwigs (Dermaptera) from the Mesozoic of England and Australia, described from isolated elytra, including the first species to be named from the Triassic. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 107: 129-143.
  5. Prokop, J., Pecharová, M., Jarzembowski, E.A. & Ross, A.J. 2018. New palaeodictyopterans from the Late Carboniferous of the UK (Insecta: Palaeodictyopteroida). Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 107: 99-107.
  6. Grimaldi, D. A. & Ross, A.J. 2017. Extraordinary Lagerstätten in Amber, with particular reference to the Cretaceous of Burma. In: Fraser, N.C. & Sues H.-D. (eds.). Terrestrial Conservation Lagerstätten: Windows into the Evolution of Life on Land. Dunedin Academic Press Ltd, Edinburgh. 287-342.
  7. Ross, A.J. 2017. Insect Evolution: The Origin of Wings. Current Biology 27 (3): DOI:
  8. Ross, A. J., Mellish, C.J.T., Crighton, B., & York, P.V. 2016. A catalogue of the collections of Mexican amber at the Natural History Museum, London and National Museums Scotland, Edinburgh, UK. Boletín de la Sociedad Geológica Mexicana 68 (1): 45-55.
  9. Novokshonov, V.G., Ross, A.J., Cook, E., Krzemiński, W. & Soszyńska-Maj, A. 2016. A new family of scorpionflies (Insecta; Mecoptera) from the Lower Cretaceous of England. Cretaceous Research 62: 44-51.
  10. Nicholson, D.B., Mayhew, P.J. & Ross, A.J. 2015. Changes to the fossil record of insects through fifteen years of discovery. PLOS ONE DOI:

A full list of Dr Ross's publications can be accessed here.

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