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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...
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...
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