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First Fossil of a Daytime Active Owl Found at the Edge of the Tibetan Plateau

  A research team led by Dr. LI Zhiheng and Dr. Thomas Stidham from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has discovered the amazingly well-preserved fossil skeleton of an extinct owl that lived more than six million years ago in China. Their deta...
Study Reveals Human Lifestyle in East Asia 40,000 Years Ago

  A team of researchers from China, Germany, France and Spain, has revealed the lifestyle of humans living in East Asia 40,000 years ago.
  The study was published in Nature on Mar. 2nd.
  The study relies on findings from Xiamabei, a well-preserved, ~40,000-year-old archaeological site in the Nihewan Basin, ...
New Varanid Fossil from China Supports Asian Origin of Varanidae

  A study based on a new varanid fossil species from China shows that the transition from the ancient Varaniformes to Varanus occurred in Asia and supports the Asian origin of Varanidae.
  The study was published in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B on Feb. 7. It was conducted by researchers fro...
Researchers Find Fossil of Extinct Early Bird That Could Stick Out Its Tongue

  A new fossil skeleton of an extinct species of bird from northeastern China that lived alongside dinosaurs 120 million years ago unexpectedly preserves a bony tongue that is nearly as long as its head.
  The skull is very well preserved, showing that it had a relatively short snout and small teeth, with extre...
Critiques & Debates: Is the monotreme middle ear primitive for mammals?

  A commentary was recently published as a piece of Critiques & Debates at National Science Review (NSR) (hereinafter referred to as "Commentary"), which raised issues about the article (referred to as "Original") published in Nature. The title of the "Original" is "A monotreme-like auditory apparatus in a Middle...
The Largest Eugaleaspiform Nochelaspis Reoccurred in the 420-million-years-old “Ancient Fish Kingdom”

  New findings on the ~420-million-year-old fossil of Nochelaspis maeandrine found in Qujing help to unveil the mystery of the largest known eugaleaspiform, according to researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
  Their study was p...
Organic Molecule Remnants found in the Nuclei of Ancient Dinosaur Cells

  A team of scientists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and from the Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature (STM) have isolated exquisitely preserved cartilage cells in a 125-million-year-old dinosaur from Northeast China that contain nuclei w...
Decoding Human History with Ancient DNA

  This year is the 20th anniversary of sequencing the human genome. In honor of this event, a research team led by Prof. FU Qiaomei from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reviewed the most recent progress in the field of ancient DNA (aDNA), i....
First Enantiornithine with Pintail Elucidates Role of Sexual Selection in Early Bird Plumage

  Do you still remember the first time you saw a male peacock show off his beautiful, extravagant tail feathers to potential mates? What was your reaction? Astonished, for sure, but maybe you also wondered how this bird could survive with such costly and clumsy ornaments. Such counterintuitive features inspired D...
290-million-year-old 'Shark' with Large Petal-shaped Teeth Found in China for the First Time

  The fossil of a 290-million-year-old ‘shark’ with petal-shaped teeth was found in China for the first time, according to GAI Zhikun, an associate researcher at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Petalodus teeth were found in the Qiansh...
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