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China Daily:220m-year-old turtle fossils found in Guizhou
By Lin Shujuan (China Daily)
  Newly discovered fossils of a primitive turtle species, the oldest of its kind found in the world, gives credence to the belief that turtles originated from an aquatic environment and its shell formed before its dorsal carapace, according to today`s Nature magzine.
  A group of Chi...
Scientific American: How did turtles get their shells?
Ever wonder how a turtle got its shell? You`re not the only one. Evolutionary biologists and paleontologists have long been stumped by the question. But a recently unearthed turtle fossil, the oldest on record, may hold the answer. Researchers report in Nature today that the fossil indicates shells evolved as an ext...
National Geographic News:Oldest Turtle Found; May Crack Shell-Evolution Mystery
Fossils of the oldest-known turtles, unearthed in southwestern China, may help answer an evolutionary enigma—how did the turtle get its shell?
  The 220-million-year-old animals did not have full shells, or carapaces, on their backs, researchers found.
  But the newfound creatures did sport fully developed plas...
ScienceDaily:How Did Turtles Get Their Shells? Oldest Known Turtle Fossil, 220 Million Years Old, Give Clues
ScienceDaily (Nov. 27, 2008) — With hard bony shells to shelter and protect them, turtles are unique and have long posed a mystery to scientists who wonder how such an elegant body structure came to be.
  Since the age of dinosaurs, turtles have looked pretty much as they do now with their shells intact, and scie... Zhonghe Zhou talks about this month's Fast Moving Front in the field of Multidisciplinary

  November 2008
  Zhonghe Zhou talks with and answers a few questions about this month`s Fast Moving Front in the field of Multidisciplinary. The author has also sent along images of their work.
  Article: An exceptionally preserved Lower Cretaceous ecosystemAuth..., Canada: Early dinosaur`s feathers were for show, not flight
Paleontologists in China have discovered the fossils of a pigeon-sized feathered dinosaur that was bird-like in many ways, including that it possibly used its plumage to attract mates.
  Epidexipteryx, a new feathered maniraptoran dinosaur from the Jurassic period of China, is a primitive, flightless member of the...
BBC News, UK: New feathered dinosaur discovered
By James Morgan
  The fossil of a "bizarre" feathered dinosaur from the era before birds evolved has been discovered in China.
  Epidexipteryx was very bird-like, with four long ribbon-like tail feathers - probably used in display.
  But the pigeon-sized creature shows no sign of the flight feathers seen in ot...
NewScientist: Half-feathered dinosaur was a bit of a show-off
12:25 23 October 2008 by Jeff Hecht
  A pigeon-sized, flightless dinosaur that may have lived before Archaeopteryx had a body covered with short downy feathers and four spectacular display feathers on its tail.
  The Chinese fossil, named Epidexipteryx (meaning "display feather"), "is very close to the bird line...
International Symposium on Paleoanthropology in Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of the Discovery of the First Skull of Peking Man a...
Beijing, October 19-23, 2009
  Dear colleagues,
  In commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the discovery of the first skull of Peking Man, the International Symposium on Paleoanthropology and the First Conference on Quaternary Research of Asia will be jointly held in Beijing, October 19-23,...
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