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IVPP Professor Chang Mee-mann Named One of Five L’Oréal-UNESCO Outstanding Women in Science

  Paleontologist Dr. CHANG Meemann (ZHANG Miman), a senior professor of Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, is recently honoured by UNESCO and the L'Oréal Foundation as one of five outstanding female scientists from around the world for “her pioneering...
Tianyuan Man.jpg Genome-wide Data from a 40,000-year-old Man in China Reveals Complicated Genetic History of Asia

  The biological makeup of humans in East Asia is shaping up to be a very complex story, with greater diversity and more distant contacts than previously known, according to a new study [1] in Current Biology analyzing the genome of a man that died in the Tianyuan Cave near Beijing, China 40,000 years ago. His b...
22.jpg Research on Gomphotherium

  For a long time, gomphotheres are considered to be the key link in proboscidean evolution. They are deemed as the ancestral stock of the true elephantids surviving now. The origins of stegodontids, rhynchotheres and cuvieroniines are believed to be more or less related to gomphotheres. However, gomphotheres are...
2.jpg New progress of research on fossil Equus

  Stenonid horse is the earliest Equus in Eurasia. The first occurrence of stenonid horse in Eurasia was regarded as the sign of the lower boundary of the Quaternary. The appearance, evolution and dispersal of the stenonid horses were contemporary with many important geological and environmental events, so they w...
Scleropages sinensis.jpg New Species of Arowana (Osteoglossid Fish) Discovered from the Eocene of China

  The Asian arowana (Scleropages formosus), known as the dragon fish, is one of the most prized and expensive aquarium fishes in the world. Scleropages is an extant freshwater fish of Osteoglossidae with a transoceanic distribution in Southeast Asia and Australia. All previously Known fossil records of Scleropage...
The Xuchang 1 crania New Finds from China Suggest Human Evolution Probably of Regional Continuity

  The period between about 200,000 and 50,000 years ago saw the amplification of regional diversity in human biology. Given the fragmentary nature of that human fossil record, the nature of these late Middle and early Late Pleistocene humans in the more northern portions of eastern Eurasia has been unclear. In a ...
Qilinyu rostrata.jpg Exceptionally Preserved Fossil Fish from the Silurian of China Illuminates Jaw Evolution

  Osteichthyans (bony fishes and tetrapods) have the maxillary, premaxillary, and dentary bones, all with facial laminae, whereas placoderms (jawed stem gnathostomes) have supposedly non-homologous gnathal plates that lack facial laminae. The discovery of Entelognathus from the Late Silurian (Ludlow) Xiaoxiang ve...
A weird combination of Deinotherium and Platybelodon- Elephantiformes without ivories, which were discovered by IVPP

  In the main Proboscidean taxon of Elephantiformes, a huge pair of developed top incisors (ivories) has become a distinctive feature of this taxon. The structure is usually made as a tool for individual foraging and a weapon for males to compete for mating. The Proboscidean taxon without ivories usually and only...
Mioneophron longirostris.jpg New Old World Vulture Found from the Late Miocene of China

  Neogene fossils of Old World vultures (Aegypiinae and Gypaetinae) are known from Africa, Eurasia, and North America. The evolution of Old World Vultures is closely tied to the expansion of grasslands and open woodlands and appearance of large, grazing mammals. While there are no extant Old World vultures in th...
New Finding from Southern China Helps Understanding the Feeding Ecology of Pleistocene Proboscideans

  The proboscidean fossil record in China is characterized by a high evolutionary rate, wide spatio-temporal distribution and richness of environmental indicators. Therefore, proboscideans make important indicator fossils for reconstructing terrestrial palaeoenvironments in the Chinese late Cenozoic.
  In recen...
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