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Taiping Gao

College of Life Sciences
Capital Normal University
105 Xisanhuanbeilu,Haidian District
Beijing,100048
P. R. China
tpgao@cnu.edu.cn

Dr. Taiping Gao

College of Life Sciences,
Capital Normal University
105 Xisanhuanbeilu, Haidian District,
Beijing, 100048 P. R. China

Research Interests:

The ectoparasitic insects

Ectoparasitic insects are some very interesting livings, including fleas and lice, which have a close relationship with humans. They cause many diseases, e.g. terrible "black death". We focus on the ectoparasitic insect fossils from Mesozoic of northeast of China. We found some primitive flea fossils and some groups with transitional characters, showing many primitive features different from the living ones. They might have lived on and sucked the blood of relatively large hosts, such as contemporaneous feathered dinosaurs and/or pterosaurs or medium-sized mammals, and now I studies the possible evolutionary process and systematic relationship of fleas.


Origin and evolution of Hymenopteran

Many hymenopteran fossils were found from the Mesozoic of northeast of China, these well-preserved fossils showed many interesting transitional characters of this group, tell us the story about how the lower hymenopteran changed during their early evolution. Very lucky, we have fossils from the Jurassic and Cretaceous, which highlight a broad diversity of hymenopteran insects in the Mesozoic.

Education:

B. S., Biology, Inner Mongolia University, 2005
M. S., Genetics, Capital Normal University, 2009
PhD, Genetics, Capital Normal University, 2013
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