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DENG Tao Professor

As a research professor, Deng Tao’s research focuses on the late Cenozoic mammals, terrestrial stratigraphy, and environmental changes. He provided abundant evidence to interpret the strong uplift of the Tibetan Plateau and its great influence to the organic evolution, and demonstrated the origin of the woolly rhino and other Ice Age mammals in the high-altitude Tibetan Plateau, thus proposing the Out of Tibet hypothesis. 

DONG Wei Professor
Research interests include Late Cenozoic mammal faunas, morphology, classification, and phylogeny; hominid evolution and its environmental background. Fossil CT scan data based 3D image reconstruction and analysis.Recent research work focus on Ginato associated mammalian faunas in Chongzuo area in Guangxi, southern China, environmental background of early human settlement in Eurasia, Late Pleistocene fauna of northern China, CT data based virtual 3D anatomy of fossils and paleoneurology.
Fu Qiaomei Professor fuqiaomei@ivpp.ac.cn
GAI Zhikun Associate Professor

  The origin of jawed vertebrates represents that last major overhaul of vertebrate anatomy in our deep evolutionary ancestry. Our research sought to better understand the gradual changes in the organisation of the head through this formative episode in evolutionary history. We achieved this chiefly by elucidating the anatomy of the head of a group of extinct fossil fishes called the galeaspids which reflect the nature of the immediate ancestors of jawed vertebrates. 

  Developmental biologists had been working in parallel to solve the same problem, but by comparing the embryology of living jawless and jawed vertebrates, hoping to explain the difference between these two evolutionary grades of organisation in terms of changed temporal and spatial domains of expression of regulatory genes. They concluded that jawless vertebrates lack jaws because the migratory cells from which jaws develop are prevented from migrating to the site of jaw development by the peculiar nose that sits in the middle of the face of jawless vertebrates. By virtue of the synchrotron tomography beamline, we show that in galeaspid‘Shuyu’ – and by implication, the ancestor of jawed vertebrates - the paired nasal organs had separated, removing this nasal blockage, but since galeaspids lacked jaws, it was presumably the consequence of a different selective drive, most likely enhanced olfaction.  

    The significance of our work is underlined by the fact that our first paper has been published in the world-leading journal Nature. In less 3 years, the work of Shuyu has been cited 30 times, among which 4 times come from Nature paper, 16 times come from molecular and developmental paper. The work of Shuyu was also selected into textbooks 《Vertebrate Palaeontology》(Fourth edition),《History of life》(Fifth edition) , and the cover story of 《New Scientist》.
GAO Xing Professor gaoxing@ivpp.ac.cn
GE Junyi Associate Professor gejunyi@ivpp.ac.cn
HOU Yamei Professor
Paleolithic study for human evolution,technology and cognition of early human,  microwear analysis, prehistoric art
LI Chun Professor lichun@ivpp.ac.cn
LI Qian Professor Research interests include the Early Cenozoic rodent fossils, terrestrial deposits, and environmental changes at Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.  liqian@ivpp.ac.cn
LI Qiang Professor liqiang@ivpp.ac.cn
LI Xiaoqiang Professor lixiaoqiang@ivpp.ac.cn
LIU Jinyi Professor Research interests include Late Cenozoic mammal faunas, morphology and phylogeny of Carnivora, terrestrial deposits, and environmental changes at Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences liujinyi@ivpp.ac.cn
LIU Jun Professor
Early tetrapods (Paleozoic and Early Mesozoic), especially therapsids: their morphology, phylogenetic systematics, function, biostratigraphy, and paleobiogeography.
LIU Wu Principal Investigator liuwu@ivpp.ac.cn
LU Jing Associate Professor   lujing@ivpp.ac.cn