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Corwin Sullivan
Chinese Academy of Sciences
AnatomyCretaceousPaleontologyTheropodaBiology
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#1Liang Liu (Jiangsu Normal University)H-Index: 30
#2Jin Zhang (Ministry of Education)H-Index: 2
Last. Shaoyuan Wu (Tianjin Medical University)H-Index: 10
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Gatesy and Springer (1) consider 3 out of 89 nodes in our “preferred STAR tree” (2) unusual, raising suspicions that underlying alignment errors have generated these and other perceived misestimations in our analysis. As in their other critiques of our work, their claims are based on subjective and unrepeatable logic. We acknowledge that our alignments can be improved; in particular, we neglected to align and trim our loci based on more conserved amino acid alignments. However, our alignments st...
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#1Liang Liu (Jiangsu Normal University)H-Index: 30
#2Jin Zhang (Ministry of Education)H-Index: 2
Last. Shaoyuan Wu (Tianjin Medical University)H-Index: 10
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Abstract The timing of the diversification of placental mammals relative to the Cretaceous–Paleogene (KPg) boundary mass extinction remains highly controversial. In particular, there have been seemingly irreconcilable differences in the dating of the early placental radiation not only between fossil-based and molecular datasets but also among molecular datasets. To help resolve this discrepancy, we performed genome-scale analyses using 4,388 loci from 90 taxa, including representatives of all ex...
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#1Corwin Sullivan (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 22
#2Xing Xu (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 44
Last. Jingmai K. O’Connor (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 26
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Abstract Recently reported specimens from the Mid-Late Jurassic Yanliao (or Daohugou) Biota and Early Cretaceous Jehol Biota of Northeast China suggest that the early evolution of avian flight involved a surprising amount of homoplasy and evolutionary experimentation. Pennaceous feathers of variable size, structure, and extent occur on the hindlimbs of numerous Jehol and Yanliao paravian theropods, including some basal birds, and clearly had an aerodynamic function at least in the dromaeosaurid ...
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#1Corwin Sullivan (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 22
#2Xing Xu (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 44
In dinosaurs, as in other reptiles, the homologue of the mammalian zygomatic bone is the jugal. The dinosaurian jugal was primitively triradiate, with posterior, dorsal and anterior processes that respectively contacted the quadratojugal, the postorbital, and the maxilla and lacrimal. However, the jugal evolved along different lines in the three major dinosaurian clades. In theropods this cranial element remained relatively conservative in morphology, apart from being reduced to a rod-like struc...
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#1XUXing (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 15
#2ZHOUZhonghe (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 47
Last. Dong Ren (Capital Normal University)H-Index: 27
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The northeastern Chinese Yanliao Biota (sometimes called the Daohugou Biota) comprises numerous, frequently spectacular fossils of non-marine organisms, occurring in Middle-Upper Jurassic strata in western Liaoning, northern Hebei, and southeastern Inner Mongolia. The biota lasted for about 10 million years, divided into two phases: the Bathonian-Callovian Daohugou phase (about 168–164 million years ago) and the Oxfordian Linglongta phase (164–159 million years ago). The Yanliao fossils are ofte...
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#1Blair W. McPhee (University of the Witwatersrand)H-Index: 8
#2Paul Upchurch (UCL: University College London)H-Index: 38
Last. Paul M. Barrett (University of the Witwatersrand)H-Index: 38
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The Early Jurassic of China has long been recognized for its diverse array of sauropodomorph dinosaurs. However, the contribution of this record to our understanding of early sauropod evolution is complicated by a dearth of information on important transitional taxa. We present a revision of the poorly known taxon Sanpasaurus yaoi Young, 1944 from the late Early Jurassic Ziliujing Formation of Sichuan Province, southwest China. Initially described as the remains of an ornithopod ornithischian, w...
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#1Yan-yin Wang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 1
#2Corwin Sullivan (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 22
Last. Jun Liu (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 13
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Background. The primarily Neotropical distribution of living alligatoroids raises questions as to when and how the ancestors of Alligator sinensis migrated to China. As phylogeny provides a necessary framework for historical biogeographic issues, determining the phylogenetic positions of the Chinese alligatoroids is a crucial step towards understanding global alligatoroid paleobiogeography. Besides the unnamed alligatoroids from the Eocene of Guangdong Province, three Chinese fossil taxa have be...
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#1Xiaokang Lu (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 1
#2Xiaoting Zheng (AMNH: American Museum of Natural History)H-Index: 1
Last. Jin TanH-Index: 1
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ABSTRACTA well-preserved fossil skull from a new locality in Jijiazhuang, Changle County, Shandong Province, China, is attributable to Plesiaceratherium gracile. Other rhinoceroses from the nearby Shanwang Basin of Linqu County, Shandong, formerly described as Aceratherium sp. and Plesiaceratherium shanwangensis are also referable to P. gracile. The new skull demonstrates the presence in P. gracile of the following characters: continuous labial cingula on lower cheek teeth; skull roof with nearl...
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#1Min Wang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 24
#2ZHOUZhonghe (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 47
Last. Corwin Sullivan (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 22
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Summary Modern birds differ from their theropod ancestors in lacking teeth and heavily constructed bony jaws, having evolved a lightly built beak and a specialized digestive system capable of processing unmasticated food [1, 2]. Enantiornithes, the most successful clade of Mesozoic birds, represents the sister group of the Ornithuromorpha, which gave rise to living birds [3]. Nevertheless, the feeding habits of enantiornithines have remained unknown because of a lack of fossil evidence. In contr...
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#1Shuo Wang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 7
#2Shukang Zhang (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 1
Last. Xing Xu (CAS: Chinese Academy of Sciences)H-Index: 44
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Oviraptorids, like many other dinosaurs, clearly had a complex pattern of skeletal growth involving numerous morphological changes. However, many ontogenetic skeletal changes in oviraptorids were previously unclear due to the lack of well preserved specimens that represent very young developmental stages. Here we report three elongatoolithid dinosaur eggs from the Upper Cretaceous Nanxiong Formation of Nankang District, Ganzhou City, Jiangxi Province, China that contain in ovo embryonic skeleton...
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