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New Enantiornithine Bird Reveals the Refinement for Cranial Kinesis Occurring Early in Avian Evolution

  Enantiornithes is the most diverse Mesozoic birds. Approximately half of the known global diversity of Enantiornithes is from the Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of China. The Jehol birds are usually complete and articulated, but compressed in two dimensions. Consequently, key features regarding some skeletal elem...
New Streamlined Galeaspid (Jawless Fish) Found From the Lower Devonian of Yunnan, China

  The Galeaspida is a clade of armored jawless vertebrates. Most galeaspids have a strongly flattened head-shield, dorsally set eyes, and a ventral mouth, indicating a benthic lifestyle moving on sandy or muddy substrates in coastal, marine environment. Dr. ZHU Min, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoa...
Big Cats' Predatory Strategy Reflected by a Bovid Fossil of 2 Million Years Ago From Gansu, China

  A nearly complete Leptobos brevicornis mandible from the Early Pleistocene of Longdan locality in Gansu Province, northwestern China was described by LI Yikun, one of Ph.D. students from Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences. His paper was recently published in ...
人化石标本3.jpg Scientists Discover an Early Modern Human with a Recent Neanderthal Ancestor

  Neanderthals are thought to have disappeared in Europe approximately 39,000–41,000 years ago but they have contributed 1–3% of the DNA of present-day people in Eurasia. Surprisingly, analyses of present-day genomes have not yielded any evidence that Neanderthals mixed with modern humans in Europe, despite the...
Latest-known Diadectomorph Discovered from the Upper Permian of China

  Diadectomorpha is a clade of Permo-Carboniferous tetrapods, which was previously only reported from North America and Germany. Although this clade is only moderately diverse, it is central to discussions of Late Palaeozoic vertebrate evolutionary history. It is the first and most diverse example of high-fibre h...
Artist’s impression of the new dinosaur Yi qi2.jpg Bizarre Jurassic Dinosaur with Membranous Wings Discovered in China

  A research team led by Professor XU Xing, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences, and ZHENG Xiaoting, Shandong Tianyu Museum of Nature, reported a new scansoriopterygid theropod, Yi qi gen. et sp. nov., based on a new specimen from the Middle–Upper Jurass...
Large Theropod Teeth Found From the Upper Cretaceous of Jiangxi, Southern China
Large carnivorous dinosaurs, are common in the Late Cretaceous of Asia, but only some fragment teeth have been recovered from southern China. In a paper published in the latest issue of Vertebrata PalAsiatica, Dr. XU Xing, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences...
New Study Reveals Competition and Replacement Between Two Miocene Shovel-tuskers

  Dr. WANG Shiqi from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences and his colleagues recently studied two relatively primitive species of Protanancus, Protanancus tobieni and Protanancus brevirostris. The former discovered from Tongxin of Ningxia Province and...
New Ionoscopiform Fish Found From the Middle Triassic of Guizhou, China
The Ionoscopiformes are a fossil fish lineage of halecomorphs known only from the Mesozoic marine deposits. Because of their close relationships with the Amiiformes, the Ionoscopiformes are phylogenetically important in investigating the early evolution and biogeography of the Halecomorphi, but fossil evidence of ea...
The Largest Known Muntiacine Found in China

  Dr. HOU Sukuan from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences reported a new species of muntiacine Euprox in the journal of Zootaxa 3911 (1) recently. The new species, Euprox grandis sp. nov., is established based on a skull and a pair of antlers from th...
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