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New Cretaceous Mammal Provides Evidence for Separation of Hearing and Chewing Modules

  A joint research team led by MAO Fangyuan from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and MENG Jin from the American Museum of Natural History reported a new symmetrodont, Origolestes lii , a stem therian mammal from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Bi...
New Cretaceous Mammal Fossil Sheds Light on Evolution of Middle Ear

  Researchers from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) have reported a new species of multituberculate – a type of extinct Mesozoic “rodent” – with well-preserved middle ear bones from the Cr...
New Finding on Origin of Avian Predentary in Mesozoic Birds

  The predentary bone is one of the most enigmatic skeletal elements in avian evolution. Located at the tip of the lower jaw, this bone is absent in more primitive birds and in living birds; it is thought to have been lost during evolution. For over 30 years the origin and function of the avian predentary has rem...
Quantitative analysis of Early Cretaceous Paraves shows a recent origin for the kinetic skulls behind the success of modern birds

  A team of scientists led by Dr. Han HU from University of New England, Australia and Dr. Zhonghe ZHOU from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology(IVPP) of Chinese Academy of Sciences reported a new quantitative analysis of early Cretaceous paraves. This research was published in the late...
20-MILLION-YEAR-OLD SKULL SUGGESTS COMPLEX BRAIN EVOLUTION IN MONKEYS, APES

  It has long been thought that the brain size of anthropoid primates—a diverse group of modern and extinct monkeys, humans, and their nearest kin—progressively increased over time. New research on one of the oldest and most complete fossil primate skulls from South America shows instead that the pattern of bra...
New Species of Lizard Found in Stomach of Microraptor

  A team of paleontologists led by Prof. Jingmai O’Connor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, together with researchers from the Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature, have discovered a new specimen of the volant dromaeosaurid Microraptor zhao...
New Jurassic Non-avian Theropod Dinosaur Sheds Light on Origin of Flight in Dinosauria

  A new Jurassic non-avian theropod dinosaur from 163 million-year-old fossil deposits in northeastern China provides new information regarding the incredible richness of evolutionary experimentation that characterized the origin of flight in the Dinosauria. Published in Nature, Drs. Min Wang, Jingmai K. O’Conno...
A new Middle Pleistocene human skull found in China reveals the variation and continuity in early Asian humans

  A team of scientists led by LIU Wu and WU Xiujie from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences reported a new Middle Pleistocene human skull ever found in southeastern China reveals the variation and continuity in early Asian humans. Their findings...
pekingman eng.jpg International Symposium on Paleoanthropology in Commemoration of the 90th Anniversary of the Discovery of the First Skullcap of Peking Man

  December 2-4, 2019, Beijing
  FIRST CIRCULAR
  December 2, 2019 marks the 90th anniversary of the discovery of the first skullcap of Peking Man. Significant progress has been made in retrieving and studying human fossils and Paleolithic cultural remains from China and surrounding regions in recent years; no...
fujain.jpg The 15th International Symposia on Early and Lower Vertebrates

  The Symposia on Early and Lower Vertebrates are the only recurring international meetings targeted specifically towards the Palaeozoic vertebrate research community. The 15th ISELV will be organized on August 8th – 13th 2019 at Qujing Normal University (http://www.qjnu.edu.cn/english/), Qujing, Yunnan, China,...
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