Wednesday, December 11, 2019
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Staffin's Dugald Ross has received recognition for his dedication to finding and preserving dinosaur bones and footprints.

Mr Ross received the Mary Anning Award from the Palaeontological Association (PA) earlier this year.

The award was open to all those who are not professionally employed within palaeontology but who have made an outstanding contribution to the subject. 

A PA spokesman said: “The award was made to recognise Dugald’s nomination to palaeontology on Skye, particularly his role in the discovery of dinosaur fossils and footprints (including Scotland’s first, as well as fossils of early mammals, not to mention his establishment of the museum in Staffin.”

Palaeontology academics, including Dr Stephen Brusatte of the University of Edinburgh and Dr Neil Clark at Glasgow’s Hunterian Museum, travelled to Staffin earlier this summer to present the honour.  

“Dugald Ross is a remarkable guy,” stated Dr Brusatte in the PA newsletter. “For decades he has collected dinosaurs and other fossils on the Isle of Skye in Scotland, taking time out from his busy life as a builder and a crofter.  A self-taught fossil hunter, he has published numerous academic papers and is Scottish Natural Heritage’s point man for safeguarding fossil sites on Skye.

"As a teenager he even started his own fossil museum, the Staffin Museum, by rebuilding the ruins of a one-room schoolhouse and filling it with bones, teeth, ammonites and other specimens from across the island."

The full report from the newsletter can be read here.



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