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Unique Early Cretaceous bird from China provides window into the early evolution of birds and flight

  A new extinct species of bird from a 127 million-year-old fossil deposit in northeastern China provides new information about the different evolutionary paths and experiments birds experienced during the early evolution of flight. Writing in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), Drs. Min W...
New transitional fossils from China show how alvarezsaurian dinosaurs evolved monodactyl hand

  Digit reduction occurs many times in tetrapod evolution, and the most famous example is the 'horse series' of North America. An international research team announced the discovery of two new Chinese dinosaurs today: Bannykus and Xiyunykus, in the journal Current Biology, which shed light on how alvarezsaurian d...
20187242236484040.jpg Xinhua:Dinosaur fossils found in China may lead to rethink of ancient continents

  LONDON, July 24 (Xinhua) -- Fossils of a sauropod species have been newly discovered in China, which might change how researchers think these dinosaurs evolved, and how entire continents were linked 174 million years ago, according to a study released Tuesday by the Natural History Museum in London.
  Researc...
giant panda.jpg Mitochondrial Genome of 22,000-year-old Giant Panda From Southern China Reveals New Panda Lineage

  The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is a flagship species for endangered species conservation. Once distributed across southern China and Southeast Asia, and historically covering a vast territory, the surviving pandas today belong to several divergent genetic populations located only in Shaanxi province o...
Panraogallus hezhengensis .jpg Song From The Distant Past, A New Fossil Pheasant From China Preserves A Super-Elongated Windpipe

  A well preserved, nearly complete skeleton of a new extinct species of pheasant that lived between 7 and 11 million years ago adjacent to the northeastern edge of the Tibetan Plateau in China preserves the oldest evidence of a bird having modified and specialized its vocalization sounds (songs or calls).
  Ev...
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 ...
Line drawing of the holotype of Eogranivora edentulata.jpg Cretaceous Bird Clarifies Early Trophic Evolution in the Ornithuromorpha

  In a new study published Jan 30 in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, a team of researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and Lingyi University in Shandong, has shown that a previously described specimen of Hongshanornis longicresta f...
1_web.png How ancient genomics unveils the prehistory of humans

  In the last decade, the field of ancient DNA has flourished, with unprecedented success in sequencing genome-wide data from ancient specimens. The majority of the research has focused on past humans, both modern humans with a close relationship to one or more present-day populations as well as archaic humans th...
Life reconstruction of Hamipterus tianshanensis.jpg Exceptionally Preserved Eggs and Embryos Reveal the Life History of a Pterosaur

  The pterosaur record is generally poor, and pterosaur eggs are even rarer. Only a handful of isolated occurrences of eggs and embryos have been reported so far. Three-dimensionally preserved eggs include one from Argentina and five reported from the Turpan-Hami Basin, Xinjiang, northwestern China in 2014. Our u...
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...
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