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New Archaeological Discoveries Publishes on Nature

Xu Xing, research professor from the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, CAS and his partners have made important progress in research of the early evolvement of tyrannosaurus rex and Coelurosauria Huene. Relevant research discoveries were published on the Feb. 9 issue of Nature . Nature also published a commentary article in consideration of the significance of this research fruit.

Over the past six years, the research team jointly headed by Prof. Xu Xing and Prof. Clark from the George Washington University (DC) has conducted a series of surveys in the desert areas of the Junggar Basin, Xinjiang. The corythosaurus fossil reported this time was found in Aug. 2002 as a result of a series of scientific survey. Relevant paper was the second published on Nature under this research project.

This paper was completed by eight scientific researchers from China, USA and Canada. The research work has been supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), US National Geographic Society (NGS), US National Science Foundation (NSF), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) and US George Washington University (DC).

Chen Zhu Meets US Officials

March 9. Chen Zhu, Vice President of CAS, met Professor Franziska B. Grieder, Director of the Comparative Medicine Division under the National Center of Research Resource (NCRR) of U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Prof. John K. Critser, Director of the Comparative Medicine Center, University of Missouri-Columbia.

Vice President Chen Zhu gave the American guests a brief introduction about CAS and the specific work related to biology and life sciences. The two parties discussed issues concerning collaboration in the next step including cooperative research platform for primate research and comparative medicine between the US National Institute of Health (NIH), the Kunming Institute of Zoology and the Shanghai Institute of Nutrients the cooperative research on life sciences and neuroscience between NIH and SIBS; exchanges and science popularization between scientists of both parties mutually fostering of doctorate and post-doctoral students, and communication between them; and both sides jointly support the implementation of the re-entry program, which is a initiative to encourage the Chinese overseas scholars to return to China and serve their motherland.-16

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