“Without curiosity, one loses imagination and creativity.”
Born in Jiangdu, Jiangsu Province, Zhou Zhonghe is a paleornithologist. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Kansas in the USA in 1999. He specializes in the origin of birds, the origin and evolution of bird flight, the evolution of feathers, the early evolution and radiation of birds, feathered dinosaurs, pterosaurs, biostratigraphy, and the evolution of Mesozoic continental biota in relation to the environment. Zhou discovered and named many Mesozoic bird fossils, and published evidence supporting the theory of the dinosaurian origin of birds and their arboreal origins. He studies theoretical issues such as evolutionary systematics, ecological differentiation, and dietary diversification among early birds, and he has contributed to the public understanding of early birds. Zhou was selected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2011. He also worked as the president of the International Paleontological Association, an academician of TWAS, and a corresponding academician of the Brazilian Academy of Sciences. He served as the ninth and tenth director of the IVPP.