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Xiao-Chun Wu studying a marine archosauriform from the Middle Triassic of China in the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Beijing, China.

This research is about vertebrate species from two key extinctions: the Cretaceous-Tertiary (K-T, about 65 million years ago), and the Triassic-Jurassic (Tr-J, about 210 million years ago). Studies in southern Alberta and south-western China are adding to our understanding of the diversity and number of dinosaurs and other vertebrate fossils after Tr-J boundary and before the K-T extinction. The work contributes to our knowledge of the origin and evolution of species of dinosaurs, turtles, ichthyosaurs, plesiosaurs and others. It also helps to understand the extent of the biological and environmental changes globally.

Principal investigator: Xiao-chun Wu.

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