The Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS)

Established in 1929, the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) was formerly known as the Cenozoic Research Laboratory of the Geological Survey of China under the Ministry of Agriculture and Commerce. It is a special research institution for two basic disciplines: vertebrate paleontology and paleoanthropology.

IVPP is equipped with three research offices, one research center and one laboratory. It focuses on studying the origin, evolution, taxonomy and phylogeny of various vertebrate groups, establishing and improving the chronostratigraphic system of China and the world at large, as well as exploring the coevolution relationship between living creatures and the environment. IVPP also studies the physical evolution, behavioral model, adaptive and survival process of China’s ancient humans, the origin of modern Chinese people, and the characteristic of the paleolithic culture. IVPP has been conducting many studies, including the analysis of human evolution from the perspective of fossil morphology and ancient DNA, the study on lithic technology and functional development, the research on the origin of agriculture, the research on the origin of civilization, as well as the comprehensive research on Zhoukoudian Site. IVPP has also built the largest and best equipped specimen repair room, which provides technological support for the indoor repair and research of fossil specimens.

Since the 1920s till now, IVPP has built China’s greatest collection museum of paleovertebrates, ancient human fossils and stonewares. So far, the number of specimens in the herbarium has reached 200,000. Moreover, as a subordinate of IVPP, the Paleozoological Museum of China is open to the public and receives over 100,000 visitors annually.

Since 2014, the Tianzhushan Global Geopark and IVPP have collaborated in conducting the monographic study on the Paleocene vertebrate fossils and palaeoenvironment.

Investigation of fossil locality

On June 3-5 of 2015, the International Symposium on Terrestrial Paleocene Biota and Paleobiogeography cohosted by IPVV and the Geopark was convened in the Geopark. Nearly 30 experts and scholars from China, America and France participated in the academic discussion and exchange.

Academic report

Field work



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