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Four-winged dinosaurs from China
- Xing（徐星） Xu, Zhonghe Zhou, Xiaolin Wang, Xuewen Kuang, Fucheng Zhang, Xiangke Du
- 23 January 2003
New evidence is provided suggesting that basal dromaeosaurid dinosaurs were four-winged animals and probably could glide, representing an intermediate stage towards the active, flapping-flight stage of proavians.
A basal troodontid from the Early Cretaceous of China
- Xing（徐星） Xu, M. Norell, Xiaolin Wang, P. Makovicky, Xiaocong Wu
- Biology, Environmental ScienceNature
- 14 February 2002
The discovery of Sinovenator and the examination of character distributions along the maniraptoran lineage indicate that principal structural modifications toward avians were acquired in the early stages of manIRaptoran evolution.
Basal tyrannosauroids from China and evidence for protofeathers in tyrannosauroids
- Xing（徐星） Xu, M. Norell, Xuewen Kuang, Xiaolin Wang, Qi Zhao, Chengkai Jia
- Geography, Environmental ScienceNature
- 7 October 2004
A new basal tyrannosauroid from the Early Cretaceous Yixian Formation of western Liaoning, China, which is small and gracile and has relatively long arms with three-fingered hands and provides the first direct fossil evidence that Tyrannosauroids had protofeathers.
Further support for a Cretaceous age for the feathered-dinosaur beds of Liaoning,China:New 40Ar÷39Ar dating of the Yixian and Tuchengzi Formations
We report new 40Ar÷39Ar dating results obtained from total fusion and incremental-heating analyses of sanidine and biotite from three tuffs found interbedded within the fossil-bearing deposits of…
An unusual oviraptorosaurian dinosaur from China
- Xing（徐星） Xu, Yen-nien Cheng, Xiaolin Wang, Chun-Hsiang Chang
- Environmental Science, GeographyNature
- 19 September 2002
Oviraptorosaurians are an unusual group of theropod dinosaurs, with highly specialized skulls. Here we report a new oviraptorosaurian, Incisivosaurus gauthieri, gen. et sp. nov., from the lowest part…
A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran from China with elongate ribbon-like feathers
- Fucheng Zhang, Zhonghe Zhou, Xing（徐星） Xu, Xiaolin Wang, C. Sullivan
- Environmental Science, BiologyNature
- 24 September 2008
This finding shows that a member of the avialan lineage experimented with integumentary ornamentation as early as the Middle to Late Jurassic, and provides further evidence relating to this aspect of the transition from non-avian theropods to birds.
A ceratopsian dinosaur from China and the early evolution of Ceratopsia
This new taxon demonstrates that some neoceratopsian characters evolved in a more incremental fashion than previously known and also implies mosaic evolution of characters early in ceratopopsian history.
A bizarre Jurassic maniraptoran theropod with preserved evidence of membranous wings
Documentation of the unique forelimbs of Yi greatly increases the morphological disparity known to exist among dinosaurs, and highlights the extraordinary breadth and richness of the evolutionary experimentation that took place close to the origin of birds.
Exceptional dinosaur fossils show ontogenetic development of early feathers
An early-juvenile specimen and a late- juvenile specimen, both referable to the oviraptorosaur Similicaudipteryx, recovered from the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation of western Liaoning, China are described, suggesting that early feathers were developmentally more diverse than modern ones and that some developmental features have been lost in feather evolution.
An Early Cretaceous heterodontosaurid dinosaur with filamentous integumentary structures
Tianyulong extends the geographical distribution of heterodontosaurids to Asia and confirms the clade’s previously questionable temporal range extension into the Early Cretaceous period, and represents the first confirmed report, to the authors' knowledge, of filamentous integumentary structures in an ornithischian dinosaur.