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Scientists Discover Two New Species of Ancient, Burrowing Mammal Ancestors
120-million-year-old animals evolved “scratch digging” t...

  A joint research team led by Dr. MAO Fangyuan and Dr. ZHANG Chi from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Prof. MENG Jin from the American Museum of Natural History have discovered two new species of mammal-like, burrowing animals that live...
Climate Change Influences Biodiversity Evolution of Birds: Study

  A research team from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences found that the biodiversity evolution of birds had been influenced mainly by long-term climatic changes and also by the K-Pg extinction.
  The study was published in PNAS on Feb. 22.
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New Findings on Devonian“Platypus Fish” Cast Light on Evolution of Modern Jawed Vertebrates

  New findings on the brain and inner ear cavity of a 400-million-year-old platypus-like fish cast light on the evolution of modern jawed vertebrates, according to a study led by Dr. ZHU Youan and Dr. LU Jing from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Scie...
Researchers Announce World’s First Dinosaur Preserved Sitting on Nest of Eggs that Includes Fossilized Babies

  An attentive oviraptorid theropod dinosaur broods its nest of blue-green eggs while its mate looks on in what is now Jiangxi Province of southern China some 70 million years ago. Artwork by Zhao Chuang.
  A multinational team of researchers has announced a first for the world of paleontology: a dinosaur prese...
The Earliest Giant Flying Birds Flew over Antarctica 50 Million Years Ago

  According to a study by scientists from the University of California at Berkeley and the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, a 50 million-year-old fossil from Antarctica, belonging to an extinct group of ocean-going birds called pelagornithids, i...
Denisovan DNA Found in Sediments of Baishiya Karst Cave on Tibetan Plateau

  One year after the publication of research on the Xiahe mandible, the first Denisovan fossil found outside of Denisova Cave, the same research team has now reported their findings of Denisovan DNA from sediments of the Baishiya Karst Cave (BKC) on the Tibetan Plateau where the Xiahe mandible was found. The stud...
6.jpg New Cretaceous Jehol Fossil Sheds Light on Evolution of Ancestral Mammalian Middle Ear

  A joint research team led by Dr. MAO Fangyuan from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and Prof. MENG Jin from the American Museum of Natural History has reported a new multituberculate mammal, Sinobaatar pani, with well-preserved middle ear b...
Scientists Prove Bird Ovary Tissue Can Be Preserved in Fossils

  A research team led by Dr. Alida Bailleul from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has put one controversy to rest: whether or not remnants of bird ovaries can be preserved in the fossil record.
  According to the team’s study published in ...
11,000 Year Old Social Complexity Shown by the Oldest Known Intentionally Deformed Skull from Eurasia

  An 11,200-11,400 year old fossil of an adult man’s skull from a pre-agricultural culture in northeastern China, termed Songhuajiang Man I, is the oldest record of intentional skull deformation in Eurasia, and one of the oldest records in the world. Evidence from stable isotopes in the fossil show that Songhuaj...
Ancient DNA Unveils Important Missing Piece of Human History
New Ancient Genomic Research Reveals Information about Human history in...

  Newly released genomes from Neolithic East Asia have unveiled a missing piece of human prehistory. In a new study in Science, a research team led by Qiaomei Fu, a professor at the Molecular Paleontology Lab at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), use...
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