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ST20160509572347854032.jpg New Oligocene Primates from China Highlight Key Evolutionary Period

  Profound environmental and faunal changes are associated with climatic deterioration during the Eocene-Oligocene transition (EOT) roughly 34 million years ago. Primates are among the most environmentally sensitive of all mammals. Reconstructing how Asian primates responded to the EOT has been hindered by a spar...
U020160508799892330056.jpg Scientists Report World’s First Herbivorous Filter-feeding Marine Reptile

  Some strange creatures cropped up in the wake of one of Earth’s biggest mass extinctions 252 million years ago. In 2014, scientists discovered a bizarre fossil--a crocodile-sized sea-dwelling reptile, Atopodentatus unicus, that lived 242 million years ago in what today is southwestern China. Its head was poorl...
U020160506546651900304.jpg Fish-Eating Enantiornithine Bird Provides Evidence of Modern Avian Digestive Features

  Enantiornithes are the most successful clade of Mesozoic birds, representing the sister group of the Ornithuromorpha, which gave rise to living birds. Nevertheless, the feeding habits of enantiornithines have remained unknown because of a lack of fossil evidence. In contrast, exceptionally preserved fossils rev...
W020160504598062912450.jpg Drawing the Genetic History of Ice Age Eurasian Populations

  Not much is known about the genetics of Eurasian history before the introduction of farming. One of the major questions is how climatic fluctuations influenced the population history of Eurasia and to what extent changes in material cultures correspond to movements of people.
  A research team led by Prof. FU...
Konobelodon was discovered firstly in China by the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology

  Konobelodon is a lesser known proboscidean species and was firstly reported in USA in 1990. Owing to very few data, the researchers have not known much about its morphology, and its classification status has been controversial. In 2015, the occurrence of Konobelodon was confirmed in the Old World after a resear...
ST20160405575603674670.png Female preference promotes asynchronous sex evolution in proboscideans

  What are the cause and innate power for the biological evolution? This is a controversial problem from ancient times to now. The interpretation for the evolutionary process is at an ambiguous phase although the academia admitting the existence of evolution has been at an absolute mainstream status. Neo-Darwinis...
U020160405322465886482.jpg New Type of Dinosaur Eggs Found from Early Cretaceous of Gansu Province, China

  Dinosaur eggs from the Lower Cretaceous are worldwide rare as compared to those from Upper Cretaceous deposits. In China, they were only reported in Liaoning Province. In a paper published in the latest issue of Vertebrata PalAsiatica, paleontologists described a new type of dinosaur eggs from the Lower Cretace...
U020160331405425877432.jpg New Hadrosauroid Dinosaur Found from the Late Cretaceous of Shanxi, China

  In the evolution from non-hadrosaurid hadrosauroids to hadrosaurids, their dentaries acquired several key innovations. A new non-hadrosaurid hadrosauroid dinosaur, reported in the latest issue of of Vertebrata PalAsiatica, provides numerous important anatomical features to depict its taxonomic status and system...
U020160330603070631417.jpg New Amphicyonid Material Found from the Early Miocene of Central Nei Mongol
Straddling between Europe to the west and North America to the east, Asia has long been suspected to be either a source of certain Cenozoic mammals that, thus far, are only found in Europe and/or North America, or a “jumping board” to and from the continents of destination as they disperse. Temnocyonine and haploc...
U020160305414042774715.jpg Histological Analysis Reveals Ontogenetic Variation in Early Birds

  Most living birds characteristically grow rapidly and reach adult size within a year. Nevertheless, little is known about how such an advanced developmental strategy evolved despite many discoveries of early fossil birds. In a paper published online Feburary 3 in the Journal of Systematic Palaeontology, Drs. WA...
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