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New Findings Unveil a Missing Piece of Human Prehistory

  A joint research team led by Prof. FU Qiaomei from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences sequenced the ancient genomes of 31 individuals from southern East Asia, thus unveiling a missing piece of human prehistory.
  The study was published in ...
Tiny ancient bird from China shares skull features with Tyrannosaurus rex

  Researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences have discovered a 120-million-year-old partial fossil skeleton of a tiny extinct bird that fits in the palm of the hand and preserves a unique skull with a mix of dinosaurian and bird featur...
New Discovery Shows Tibet as Crossroads for Giant Rhino Dispersal

  The giant rhino, Paraceratherium, is considered the largest land mammal that ever lived and was mainly found in Asia, especially China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, and Pakistan. How this genus dispersed across Asia was long a mystery, however. A new discovery has now shed light on this process.
  Prof. DENG Tao fro...
Study Sheds Light on Population History of Northern East Asia

  A study led by research groups of Prof. Qiaomei FU (Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences) and Prof. Hucai ZHANG (Yunnan University) covers the largest temporal transect of population dynamics in East Asia so far and offers a clearer picture of the ...
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...
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