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W020180619360818704998.jpg National Geographic: Long-Lost Panda Relative Revealed by 22,000-Year-Old Fossil

  A young giant panda eats bamboo in the Chengdu Research Base of the Giant Panda Breeding Center in China.
  Photograph by Jak Wonderly, National Geographic Creative
  In August 2014, paleoanthropologist Yingqi Zhang and his team descended into a sinkhole on the hunt for Gigantopithecus, the largest known pr...
Xinhua:Ancient grass grazers survive to be today's elephants

  We may not see elephants roaming the prairies or forests today, if their distant ancestors had not learned to graze on grass about 16 million years ago. Their active adaption to the environment helped the species to survive.
  Life restoration of G. steinheimense. Drawing provided by the Institute of Vertebra...
Phy.org: Feeding habits of ancient elephant relatives uncovered from grass fragments stuck in their teeth

  Phytoliths of grass and foliage found adhered to a molar of Gomphotherium connexum (bottom-right) from the Miocene deposits of Junggar Basin, Xinjiang, China. The bar chart from the bottom-left indicate relative abundance of different phytolith types from Gomphotherium teeth examined in this study. Credit: Wu Y...
China Daily:New science with an ancient focus

  Leading researcher Fu Qiaomei has made big contributions to genetic analysis of prehistoric humans.
  The science of studying the roots of modern people via DNA extracted from the bones of ancient humans - people who lived from 5,000 to 50,000 years ago - is very new. Even 15 years ago, it barely existed.
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IVPP Paleontologist Chang Mee-mann Presented With a Prestigious Award in Paris

  Paleontologist Dr. CHANG Meemann (ZHANG Miman), a senior professor of Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, has been recognized by UNESCO and the L'Oréal Foundation as one of five outstanding female scientists from around the world for “her pioneering ...
Science:Ancient flying reptiles cared for their young, fossil trove suggests
A spectacular fossil find is providing tantalizing new clues about the habits of pterosaurs, ancient flying reptiles that lived at the same times as dinosaurs. The cache of more than 200 fossil eggs found with bones of juvenile and adult animals in northwestern China is “one of the most extraordinary fossil [finds]...
BBC News:New evidence on how birds took to the air

  Skeletal changes that helped birds take to the air happened 120 million years ago, during the hey day of dinosaurs, according to a specimen from China.
  Features such as fused bones were thought to be present only in relatively advanced birds, living just before the dinosaurs went extinct.
  A strong, rigi...
New Scientist:Weird fish fossil changes the story of how we moved onto land

  The evolutionary story we have written to explain our ancestors’ move from sea to land may need a rethink. A fossil fish from this era has been discovered with several of the features of land animals – yet it was only distantly related to them.
  Roughly 360 million years ago, one group of lobe-finned fish ...
Nature:Teeth from China Reveal an Early Human Trek out of Africa
"Stunning" find shows that Homo sapiens reached Asia around 100,000 years ago
  By Ewen Callaway, Nature magazine
  These 47 human teeth, dated to 80,000-120,000 years ago, were found in a limestone cave system in Daoxian, China. Credit: S. Xing and X-J. Wu
  Teeth from a cave in south China show that Homo sap...
Xinhua:Complete crocodile fossil unearthed in NE China

  CHANGCHUN, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Fossils of a complete crocodile and bones belonging to at least six different dinosaurs from the Cretaceous Period, 145 to 66 million years ago, have been excavated in northeast China's Jilin Province.
  After a year of preparation, paleontologists from Chinese Academy of Science...
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