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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...
New Basal Bird from China Reveals the Morphological Diversity in Early Birds

  Over the past three decades, representatives of all major Mesozoic bird groups have been reported from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of northeastern China. A new species, Chongmingia zhengi, reported in the journal of Scientific Reports on 25 January 2016, sheds light on the early evolution of birds. Phyloge...
W020160227419164542018.jpg Paleolithic Bone Tools Found from South China

  The production of formal bone tools, defined as artefacts that were cut, carved, polished or otherwise modified to produce fully shaped points, awls, harpoons and wedges, appears relatively late in human history, and is only recorded at a handful of African sites prior to 45000 years ago. Early instances of bon...
ST20160218042701375247.jpg The Altai Neanderthal Shows Gene Flow from Early Modern Humans

  Using several genetic analytical methods, an international research team has identified an interbreeding event between the Neanderthals and modern humans that occurred about 100,000 years ago, which is tens of thousands of years earlier than that is currently known. Dr. FU Qiaomei, from Institute of Vertebrate ...
ST20160127012091713838.jpg Neopterygian Fish with Secondary Sexual Characteristics Found from the Middle Triassic of China

  Secondary sexual characteristics are features that appear at sexual maturity and distinguish the two sexes of a species. Studies of secondary sexual characteristics in a species are vital for fully understanding its behavior, reproduction, and evolution. Secondary sexual characteristics are easily observed and ...
Ptilocercus kylin.jpg Earliest-known Treeshrew Fossil Found in Yunnan, China

  Treeshrews are widely considered a “living model” of an ancestral primate, and have long been called“living fossils”. Actual fossils of treeshrews, however, are extremely rare. In a paper published 14 January in Scientific Reports (6), Drs. LI Qiang and NI Xijun, Institute of Vertebrate Palaeontology and Pa...
w-biao.jpg New basal ornithuromorph bird found in China

  A new species of Early Cretaceous bird was reported on January 6th in Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society by Min Wang, Zhonghe Zhou and Shuang Zhou from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences. The new discovery provides new information regarding ...
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