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National Geographaic: 'Messy' New Species of Dinosaur-Era Bird Discovered

Paleontologists in China have discovered a new species of fossil bird that they say reveals a pivotal point in the evolution of flight, when birds had lost the long bony tail seen in dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus and the early bird Archaeopteryx, but before they had developed the fan of feathers on a shortened tail seen in flying birds today.

Research News

  • litter decomposition;ecosystem;root;leaf

    Sep 26, 2018

    Scientists Contrast Dynamics and Trait Controls in First-order Root...

    Dr. SUN Tao, a researcher from Institute of Applied Ecology, compared long-term (six years) in situ decomposition dynamics of leaf litter and first-order roots (as opposed to a fixed diameter cutoff) across 35 co-occurring woody species of a temperate forest ecosystem.

  • parallel selection;seed dormancy;soybean;green seed coat

    Sep 25, 2018

    A Seed Dormancy Gene Undergoes Parallel Selection in Multiple Crops

    Recently, a team led by Prof. TIAN Zhixi and Prof. CHU Chengcai at Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology, collaborated with Prof. Scott Jackson from University of Georgia, identified a gene responsible for seed dormancy, representing the first domestication gene that has been subjected to parallel selection in multiple crop families.

  • bird;fossil;evolution

    Sep 25, 2018

    Chinese Cretaceous Fossil Highlights Avian Evolution

    A newly identified extinct bird species from a 127 million-year-old fossil deposit in northeastern China provides new information about avian development during the early evolution of flight. Scientists from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology reported their study of the well-preserved complete skeleton and feathers of this early bird.

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Yangtze finless porpoise;endangered species;conservation

Second Artificial-bred Yangtze Finless Porpoi...

The second artificial-bred Yangtze finless porpoise, which was born on June 2, 2018, appears to be in good health.


China's FAST Telescope Identifies 44 Pulsars

China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope has discovered 44 new pulsars so far.

Yangtze Finless Porpoise Grows Up Healthy for...

The little Yangtze finless porpoise, reproduced via an artificial breeding program, the second of its case, was born on June 2, 2018. It has grown up healthy and sound for a hundred days.

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