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Qi Zhao

Dr Qi Zhao

Research Fellow


University of Bristol

Research summary

I am a vertebrate palaeontologist working on bone histology, diversity and disparity of dinosaurs. I completed my PhD in University of Bristol in 2013, a study of the evolution and palaeobiology of ceratopsian dinosaurs. In the thesis, I explored the evolution of the whole clade using cladistic analysis, and produced the first comprehensive phylogeny. In addition, I was first to work in detail on the bone histology of ceratopsian dinosaurs, and this allowed me to determine growth stages, and reconstruct the ontogeny of Psittacosaurus, based on spectacular fossils from China. My work has appeared in journals such as Nature, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, and Nature Communications, as well as more specialist journals.

My work on dinosaur posture shift was the first time to combine bone histology work and anatomy work to research on this kind of issue. My present research is mainly focused on the bone histology in dinosaurs, and especially the theropods and early birds, to explore changes in physiology, posture, and developmental pattens in the transition from dinosaurs to birds. Again, having access to the wonderful fossils from the Jurassic and Cretaceous of China is key to making this work possible.

Interests and expertise (Subject groups)

Grants awarded

Evolution of avian locomotion

Scheme: Newton Advanced Fellowship

Dates: Oct 2016 - Sep 2019

Value: £110,400