Lida Xing

’12 MSc

Lida’s research specializes in archosaur tracks, anatomy, and the relationship between. He also has interest in mid-Cretaceous amber deposits from Burma that preserve fossilized vertebrate remains and in the morphology, palaeoecology, and evolution of theropods (avian and non-avian). Lida completed a MSc with Specialization in Systematics and Evolution in 2012 at the University of Alberta studying the theropod Sinosaurus. He then went to China University of Geosciences in Beijing for doctoral research, afterwards becoming an associate professor at the same institution.



Xu, X., Currie, P.J., Pittman, M., Xing, L.D., Meng, Q.J., Lü, J.C., Hu, D.Y., and Yu, C.Y. 2017. Mosaic evolution in an asymmetrically feathered troodontid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) with transitional features. Nature Communications 8: 14972. DOI: 10.1038/ncomms14972

Xing, L.D., McKellar, R.C., Xu, X., Li, G., Bai, M., Persons, W.S., Miyashita, T., Benton, M.J., Zhang, J.P., Wolfe, A.P., Yi, Q.-R., Tseng, K.-W., Ran, H., and Currie, P.J. 2016. A feathered dinosaur tail with primitive plumage trapped in mid-Cretaceous amber and its implications for the evolution of feathers. Current Biology 26(24): 3352–3360. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.10.008

Xing, L.D., Wang, Y.-K., Snively, E., Zhang, J.-P., Dong, Z.-M., Burns, M.E., and Currie, P.J. 2015. Model-based identification of mechanical characteristics of Sinosaurus (Theropoda) crests. Acta Geologica Sinica 89: 1–11. DOI: 10.1111/1755-6724.12390

Xing, L.D., Miyashita, T., Currie, P.J., You, H.-L., and Dong, Z.-M. 2015. A new basal eusauropod from the Middle Jurassic of Yunnan, China, and faunal compositions and transitions of Asian sauropodomorph dinosaurs. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 60(1): 145–154. DOI: 10.4202/app.2012.0151

Xing, L.D., Miyashita, T., Zhang, J.-P., Li, D.-Q., Ye, Y., Sekiya, T., Wang, F.-P, and Currie, P.J. 2015. A new sauropod dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of China and the diversity, distribution, and relationships of mamenchisaurids. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 35(1): e889701. DOI: 10.1080/02724634.2014.889701

Xing, L.D., Paulina-Carabajal, A., Currie, P.J., Xu, X., Zhang, J.-P., Wang, T., Burns, M.E., and Dong, Z.-M. 2014. Braincase anatomy of the basal theropod Sinosaurus from the Early Jurassic of China. Acta Geologica Sinica 88: 1653–1664. DOI: 10.1111/1755-6724.12335

Xing, L.D., Peng, G.-Z., Ye, Y., Lockley, M.G., McCrea, R.T., Currie, P.J., Zhang, J.-P., and Burns, M.E. 2014. Large theropod trackway from the Lower Jurassic Zhenzhuchong Formation of Weiyuan County, Sichuan Province, China: Review, new observations and special preservation. Palaeoworld 23: 285–293. DOI: 10.1016/j.palwor.2014.10.010

Xing, L.D., Bell, P.R., Rothschild, B.M., Ran, H., Zhang, J.-P., Dong, Z.M., Zhang, W., and Currie, P.J. 2013. Tooth loss and alveolar remodeling in Sinosaurus triassicus (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Lower Jurassic strata of the Lufeng Basin, China. Chinese Science Bulletin 58(16): 1931–1935. DOI: 10.1007/s11434-013-5765-7

Xing, L.D., Li, D.-Q., Harris, J.D., Bell, P.R., Azuma, Y., Fujita, M., Lee, Y.-N., and Currie, P.J. 2013. A new deinonychosaurian track from the Lower Cretaceous Hekou Group, Gansu Province, China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 58 (4): 723–730. DOI: 10.4202/app.2011.0115

Xing, L.D., Persons, W.S., Bell, P.R., Xu, X., Zhang, J.-P., Miyashita, T., Wang, F.-P., and Currie, P.J. 2013. Piscivory in the feathered dinosaur MicroraptorEvolution 67(8): 2441–2445. DOI: 10.1111/evo.12119

Xing, L.D., Bell, P.R., Ji, S., Ji, Q., Miyashita, T., Persons, W.S., Burns, M.E., and Currie, P.J. 2012. Abdominal contents from two large Early Cretaceous compsognathids (Dinosauria: Theropoda) demonstrate feeding on confuciusornithids and dromaeosaurids. PLOS ONE 7(8): e44012. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0044012

Xing, L.D., Bell, P.R., Harris, J.D., and Currie, P.J. 2012. An unusual, three-dimensionally preserved, large hadrosauriform pes track from “mid”-Cretaceous Jianguan Formation of Chongqing, China. Acta Geologica Sinica 86: 304–312. DOI: 10.1111/j.1755-6724.2012.00660.x

Xing, L.D., Bell, P.R., Currie, P.J., Shibata, M.-T., Tseng, K.-W., and Dong, Z.-M. 2012. A sauropod rib with an embedded theropod tooth: direct evidence for feeding behaviour in the Jehol group, China. Lethaia 45(4): 500–506. DOI: 10.1111/j.1502-3931.2012.00310.x

Xing, L.D., Harris, J.D., Gierlinski, G.D., Gingras, M.K., Divay, J.D., Tang, Y.-G., and Currie, P.J. 2012. Early Cretaceous pterosaur tracks from a “buried” dinosaur tracksite in Shandong Province, China. Palaeoworld 21: 50–58. DOI: 10.1016/j.palwor.2012.02.004

Zhang, J.-P., Xing, L.D., Gierlinski, G.D., Wu, F.-D., Tian, M.-Zh., and Currie, P.J. 2012. First record of dinosaur trackways in Beijing, China. Chinese Science Bulletin 57: 144–152. DOI: 10.1360/972011-1963

Xing, L.D., Harris, J.D., and Currie, P.J. 2011. First record of dinosaur trackway from Tibet, China. Geological Bulletin of China 30: 173–178.

Xing, L. 2012. Sinosaurus from southwestern China [master’s thesis]. University of Alberta Education and Research Archive. DOI: 10.7939/R3HP8F