Xu Xing

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Photographs by Calum MacLeod, USA TODAY

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One of your fans, Cometkins, asked if you knew about any POC paleontologists.

The world’s most prolific discover of dinosaurs is a Chinese guy who’s been called a real-life Indiana Jones. 

He’s discovered at least 32 new species of dinosaurs. Also furthered loads of new theories about their connections with modern birds.

I also find him pretty damn cute.

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Why doncha come and dust off my feathers, baby. :)

Paleontologists in China have discovered many dozens of nearly complete skeletons of Microraptor, some with traces of feathers and impressions of internal organs and stomach contents. The flight feathers on its arms and hind legs are truly remarkable causing its discoverer, paloentolgust Xu Xing, to call it a “four-winged dinosaur.” Although the long flight feathers attached to its hind limbs would make it hard for Microraptor to travel on the ground without risking damage, these two sets of feathers would certainly allow Microraptor to glide easily from tree to tree in the forrest. But recent studies conclude Microraptor could have been a good flyer as well, capable of swooping down to catch prey. It fed on fish, small animals, and insects, all of which it carried and ate in the trees to avoid becoming prey itself. 


Artwork by Bob WaltersMarie DiLeva, and Tess Kissinger - from the book Discovering Dinosaurs. 

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Yi qi: Bat-Winged Dinosaur Discovered in China

A team of paleontologists, co-led by Dr Xing Xu and Dr Xiaoting Zheng of the Linyi University’s Institute of Geology and Paleontology, has discovered a bizarre new theropod dinosaur that lived in what is now China during the Middle-Upper Jurassic period, approximately 160 million years ago.

The prehistoric creature, scientifically named Yi qi, represents a new genus and species. It belongs to Scansoriopterygidae, an extinct family of maniraptorans theropod dinosaurs closely related to birds.

The genus and species names are derived from Mandarin Chinese Yi (wing) and qi (strange), respectively, referring to the bizarre wings of this animal. The intended pronunciation of the name is roughly ‘ee chee.’

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Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis: New Species of Ceratopsian Dinosaur Discovered in China

An international team of paleontologists has discovered a new species of hornless ceratopsian dinosaur, called Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis, in China.

This new dinosaur was a distant cousin of the famed ceratopsian dinosaur Triceratops and lived early in the Late Jurassic period, roughly 160 million years ago.

According to a study published this week in the journal PLoS ONE, the find is one of the oldest known of ceratopsians.

The remains of Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis – a partial skull and foot – were collected from the Shishugou Formation of the Junggar Basin, northwestern China.

Like Triceratops, the new species was a plant-eater. But it didn’t have horns and was about the size of a spaniel.

Hualianceratops wucaiwanensis walked on two legs and had ornamental texture on nearly all parts of the skull.

The team, led by Prof. Xu Xing from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology in China and Dr James Clark from the George Washington University, discovered this dinosaur in the same part of the Shishugou Formation as Yinlong downsi, the oldest-known ceratopsian dinosaur.

“Finding these two species in the same fossil beds reveals there was more diversity there than we previously recognized,” said team member Prof. Catherine Forster, of the George Washington University.

Additionally, the paleontologists studied the relationship between the newly discovered species and other ceratopsians through phylogenetic analysis.

“The phylogeny and the earliest Late Jurassic age of Yinlong andHualianceratops imply that at least five ceratopsian lineages (Yinlong, Hualianceratops, Chaoyangsaurus and Xuanhuaceratops, Psittacosaurus, Neoceratopsia) were present at the beginning of the Late Jurassic,” they said.

Citation:

Han F. et al. 2015. A New Taxon of Basal Ceratopsian from China and the Early Evolution of Ceratopsia. PLoS ONE 10 (12): e0143369; doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0143369

[!!] Director Guo Jingming's masterpiece Huancheng (幻城) released a not yet confirmed line-up which includes Wu Yifan and Luhan

“Drama ‘Huancheng’, which is adapted from Guo Jingming’s masterpiece, released a draft line-up. 

卡索(Ka Suo): Wu Yifan or Wallace Huo.

樱空释(Ying Kong Shi): Karry Wang of TF Boys (Childhood), Luhan (Adult)

梨落(Li Luo): Yang Mi or Zheng Shuang

蝶澈(Die Che): Angelababy

卡索父皇(Father of Ka Suo): Wu Xiubo

渊祭(Yuan Ji): Zhang Meng

星轨(Xing Gui): Xu Jiao or Xiao Caiqi

Brought to you by Youhug Media. Line-up is subject change, please refer to actual casts.”

T/N: 1. Guo Jingming is a chinese writer and director, and he directed the movie series “Tiny Times”, Wu Yifan sang the ending theme of Tiny Times 3.

2. I left names of the the drama and people in Chinese Pinyin. There might be official English translation later on.

3. click the names for the actor/actress information. 

***From various weibo sources including this one.

***Translated by Helloimmich. Take out with full credits.