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First Enantiornithine with Pintail Elucidates Role of Sexual Selection in Early Bird Plumage

  Do you still remember the first time you saw a male peacock show off his beautiful, extravagant tail feathers to potential mates? What was your reaction? Astonished, for sure, but maybe you also wondered how this bird could survive with such costly and clumsy ornaments. Such counterintuitive features inspired D...
290-million-year-old 'Shark' with Large Petal-shaped Teeth Found in China for the First Time

  The fossil of a 290-million-year-old ‘shark’ with petal-shaped teeth was found in China for the first time, according to GAI Zhikun, an associate researcher at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences. The Petalodus teeth were found in the Qiansh...
First Giant Dinosaur Fossils from Xinjiang Hami Pterosaur Fauna Found

  A joint Sino-Brazilian research team led by Dr. WANG Xiaolin from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences has reported new dinosaur fossils from the Early Cretaceous Hami Pterosaur Fauna. All three of the newly reported dinosaurs are classified in...
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...
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