Dr. Michael Pittman
Dr. Michael Pittman is the Head of the University of Hong Kong's Vertebrate Palaeontology Laboratory in the Department of Earth Sciences. He works on how dinosaurs and other vertebrates move as well as the evolutionary origins of birds, especially their closest relatives the raptors (dromaeosaurids). Dr. Pittman is a long-term collaborator of Prof. Xu Xing and has a field-based research project with him in the Gobi desert which has unearthed amazing finds such as Linheraptor and Linhenykus.
Prof. Xu Xing
Prof. Xu Xing is a World leading dinosaur palaeontologist at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He has discovered over 50 dinosaur species and is especially well-known for his work on carnivorous dinosaurs -particularly those closely related to birds - as well as his research on the evolution of feathers. Prof. Xu has long-term fieldwork projects in Xinjiang and Inner Mongolia, China.
Dr. Pei Rui
Dr. Pei Rui is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Dr. Pittman's lab and is using his expertise of the closest relatives of birds to better understand avian origins. Dr. Pei is particularly familiar with the Early Cretaceous dromaeosaurid dinosaur, Microraptor, which is infamous for its gliding capabilities. Dr. Pei is a graduate of the world-class palaeontological program at Peking University and the joint program of the American Museum of Natural History and Columbia University, New York.