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Wang Min
   142 Xizhimenwai ST., Beijing, 100044, China
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Education and Appointments:

01/2016present: Associate Professor, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

07/201412/2015: Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences
09/2009–05/2014: Ph.D., Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, University of Chinese Academy of Sciences   
09/2005–06/2009: B.S., Nanjing University

Research Interest:
 I’m curious about various aspects of the evolution of birds during the Mesozoic Era, a critical phase when birds split from the dinosaur branch and evolved the bauplan of modern birds. In doing so, I’m collecting comparative anatomical, histological and ontogenetic data to infer the taxonomy, phylogeny, ontogeny and ecology of Mesozoic birds. Also, Cenozoic bird fossils are my favorite if they are not that boring. 

Google Scholar:http://scholar.google.com.hk/citations?user=VB4IvuoAAAAJ&hl=en

Research Gate: http://www.researchgate.net/profile/Min_Wang32

ORCID ID: orcid.org/0000-0001-8506-1213

Public Services:

2015: Excellent doctorial dissertation of Chinese Academy of Sciences

2013: Chinese Academy of Sciences President Award

2012: National Scholarship (PhD Student), University of Chinese Academy of Sciences

Seleted Publication:
 (*Corresponding author)(Peer Reviewed Papers2012今)

Wang Min*, Li Zhiheng, and Zhou Zhonghe*. 2017. Insight into the growth pattern and bone fusion of basal birds from an Early Cretaceous enantiornithine bird. PNAS 114:1147011475

Wang Min*, O’Connor J.K., Pan Yanhong, Zhou Zhonghe. 2017. A bizarre Early Cretaceous enantiornithine bird with unique crural feathers and an ornithuromorph plough-shaped pygostyle. Nature Communications 8, 14141.

Wang Min*, and Zhou Zhonghe. 2017. The Evolution of Birds with Implications from New Fossil Evidences. In: The Biology of the Avian Respiratory System (N. J. Maina, ed.). pp. 126, Springer International Publishing.

Wang, Min*, and Hu Han. 2017. A comparative morphological study of the jugal and quadratojugal in early birds and their dinosaurian relatives. The Anatomical Record 300:6275.

Wang, Min*, and Zhou Zhonghe. 2017. A morphological study of the first known piscivorous enantiornithine bird from the Early Cretaceous of China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology:e1278702.

Wang Min*Zhou Zhonghe*, and Corwin Sullivan. 2016. A fish-eating enantiornithine bird from the Early Cretaceous of China provides evidence of modern avian digestive features. Current Biology 26:11701176.

Wang Min*, and Lloyd G. T. *. 2016. Rates of morphological evolution are heterogeneous in Early Cretaceous birds. Proceedings of the Royal Society of London B: Biological Sciences 283, 20160214.

Wang Min*, and Zhou Zhonghe. 2017. A new adult specimen of the basalmost ornithuromorph bird Archaeorhynchus spathula (Aves: Ornithuromorpha) and its implications for early avian ontogeny. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 15:118.

Wang Min*, Wang Xiaoli, Wang Yan, and Zhou Zhonghe*. 2016. A new basal bird from China with implications for morphological diversity in early birds. Scientific Reports 6:19700.

Wang Min*, Zhou Zhonghe, and Zhou Shuang. 2016. A new basal ornithuromorph bird (Aves: Ornithothoraces) from the Early Cretaceous of China with implication for morphology of early Ornithuromorpha. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 176:207223.

Wang Yan, Wang Min*, O’Connor J.K., Wang Xiaoli, Zheng Xiaoting, Zhang Xiaomei. 2016. A new Jehol enantiornithine bird with three-dimensional preservation and ovarian follicles. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 36(2) e1054496

Wang Min*, Liu Di. 2016. Taxonomical reappraisal of Cathayornithidae (Aves: Enantiornithes). Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 14: 2947.

Wang Min*, Zheng Xiaoting, O’Connor J.K., Lloyd G.T., Wang Xiaoli, Wang Yan, Zhang Xiaomei, Zhou Zhonghe *. 2015. The oldest record of Ornithuromorpha from the Early Cretaceous of China. Nature Communications 6987.

Wang Min*, Hu Han, Li Zhiheng. 2016. A new small enantiornithine bird from the Jehol Biota, with implications for early evolution of avian skull morphology. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology. 14: 481497.

Wang Min*, Li Daqing, O’Connor J.K., Zhou Zhonghe, You Hailu. 2015. Second species of enantiornithine bird from the Lower Cretaceous Changma Basin, northwestern China with implications for the taxonomic diversity of the Changma avifauna. Cretaceous Research, 55: 56–65.

Wang Min*, O’Connor, J. K., Zhou Zhonghe. 2014. A new robust enantiornithine bird from the Lower Cretaceous of China with scansorial adaptations. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 34(3): 657–671.

Wang Min*, Zhou Zhonghe, Xu Guanghui. 2014. The first enantiornithine bird from the Upper Cretaceous of China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 34(1): 135–145.

Wang Min*, Zhou Zhonghe, O’Connor, J. K., Zelenkov, N. V. 2014. A new diverse enantiornithine family (Bohaiornithidae fam. nov.) from the Lower Cretaceous of China with information from two new species. Vertebrata Palasiatica 52 (1): 31–76.

Wang Min*, O’Connor J. K., Zhou Zhonghe. 2013. The first fossil crow (Corvus sp. indet.) from the Early Pleistocene Nihewan Paleolithic sites in North China. Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 1623–1628.

Wang Min*, Mayr G., Zhang Jiangyong, Zhou Zhonghe. 2012. Two new skeletons of the enigmatic, rail-like avian taxon Songzia Hou, 1990 (Songziidae) from the early Eocene of China. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology 36, 487–499.

Wang Min*, Mayr G., Zhang Jiangyong, Zhou Zhonghe. 2012. New bird remains from the Middle Eocene of Guangdong, China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 57(3): 519–526.

Zheng, X., J. K. O’Connor, X. Wang, Y. Pan, Y. Wang, Wang Min, and Z. Zhou. 2017. Exceptional preservation of soft tissue in a new specimen of Eoconfuciusornis and its biological implications. National Science Review 4:441452.

Pan, Y., W. Zheng, A. E. Moyer, J. K. O’Connor, Wang Min, X. Zheng, X. Wang, E. R. Schroeter, Z. Zhou, and M. H. Schweitzer. 2016. Molecular evidence of keratin and melanosomes in feathers of the Early Cretaceous bird Eoconfuciusornis. PNAS 113:E7900E7907.

O’Connor J. K., Li D., Lamanna M., Wang Min, Harris, J. D., Atterholt, J., and You, Hailu. 2015. A new Early Cretaceous enantiornithine (Aves, Ornithothoraces) from northwestern China with elaborate tail ornamentation. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology:e1054035.

O’Connor J. K., Wang Min, Zhou Shuang, Zhou Zhonghe. 2015. Osteohistology of the Lower Cretaceous Yixian Formation ornithuromorph (Aves) Iteravis huchzermeyeri. Palaeontologia Electronica 18:111.

 Zhao Tao, Mayr G., Wang Min, Wei Wang. 2015. A trogon-like arboreal bird from the early Eocene of China. Alcheringa: An Australasian Journal of Palaeontology. 39(2): 289294. 

O’Connor J. K., Wang Min, Zheng Xiaoting, Zhonghe Zhou. 2014. Reply to Foth: Preserved cartilage is rare but not absent: Troodontid sternal plates are absent, not rare. PNAS 111:E5335.

Zhou Shuang, O’Connor J. K., Wang Min. 2014. A new species from an ornithuromorph (Aves: Ornithothoraces) dominated locality of the Jehol Biota. Chinese Science Bulletin 59:5366-5378. 

Zheng Xiaoting, O’Connor J. K., Wang Xiaoli, Wang Min, Zhang Xiaomei, Zhou Zhonghe. 2014. On the absence of sternal elements in Anchiornis (Paraves) and Sapeornis (Aves) and the complex early evolution of the avian sternum. PNAS 111:1390013905.

Li Zhiheng, Zhou Zhonghe, Wang Min, J. A. Clarke. 2014. A New Specimen of Large-Bodied Basal Enantiornithine Bohaiornis from the Early Cretaceous of China and the Inference of Feeding Ecology in Mesozoic Birds. Journal of Paleontology 88:99–108. 

Zheng Xiaoting, O’Connor J. K., F. Huchzermeyer, Wang Xiaoli, Wang Yan, Wang Min, Zhou Zhonghe. 2013. Preservation of ovarian follicles reveals early evolution of avian reproductive behavior. Nature 495:507–511.  

Supported Projects:
2018/012020/12  National Science Fund for Excellent Young Scholars

2016/012019/12  Youth Innovation Promotion Association (CAS)

2016/012019/12  National Natural Science Foundation of China;