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Staff Profile

Professor Jonah Choiniere

Position PROFESSOR
QualificationsBSc, BA, PhD
Phone 0117176684
Email Jonah.Choiniere@wits.ac.za
Organisational Unit Evolutionary Studies Institute

Research Interests:

Dinosaurian evolution; Mesozoic terrestrial ecosystems; Systematic theory and methodology; Bird evolution; Biostratigraphy of the Elliot Formation; East Asian palaeontology

Teaching:

APES II: Form and Function
APES III: Palaeontology

 

Publications

2013. Choiniere, Jonah N., Clark, James M., and Xing, Xu. A new juvenile coelurosaur from the Late Jurassic Shishugou Formation of Wucaiwan, China. In press, Journal of Systematic Paleontology

2012. Choiniere, Jonah N., Forster, Catherine A., and deKlerk, William. New information on the anatomy and systematic position of Nqwebasaurus thwazi, a coelurosaur from the Early Cretaceous (Hauterivian?) Kirkwood Formation of South Africa. Journal of African Earth Sciences 71-72: 1–17.

2012. Hone, David W. E., Choiniere, Jonah N., Tan, Qingwei, and Xing, Xu. An articulated pes from a small parvicursorine alvarezsauroid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from Inner Mongolia, China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica. Available online January 27, 2012;  doi:10.4202/app.2011.0127

2011. Xing, Xu, Upchurch, Paul, Ma, Qingyu, Pittman, Michael, Choiniere, Jonah N., Hone, David W. E., Tan, Qingwei, Tan, Lin, Xiao, Dong, and Han, Fenglu. Osteology of the alvarezsauroid Linhenykus monodactylus from the Upper Cretaceous Wulansuhai Formation of Inner Mongolia, China, and comments on alvarezsauroid biogeography. Acta Palaeontolica Polonica. Available online December 13, 2011; doi:10.4202/app.2011.0083

2011. Xu, Xing, Sullivan, Corwin, Pittman, Michael, Choiniere, Jonah N., Hone, David, Upchurch, Paul, Tan, Qingwei, Xiao, Dong, Tan, Lin, and Han, Fenglu. Reply to Dyke and Naish: European alvarezsauroids do not change the picture. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108 (22): E148.

2011. Xu, Xing, Clark, James M., Choiniere, Jonah N., Hone, David, and Sullivan, Corwin. Reply to “Limusaurus and bird digit identity.” Nature Precedings 713. doi:10.1038/npre.2011.6375.1

 2011. Xu, Xing, Choiniere, Jonah N., Sullivan, Corwin, and Han, Fenglu. Comment on “Embryological evidence identifies wing digits in birds as 1, 2, and 3.” Nature Precedings 713. doi:10.1038/npre.2011.6433.1.

2011. Han, Fenglu, Sullivan, Corwin, Hone, David W. E., Choiniere, Jonah N., Clark, James M., and Xu, Xing. Theropod teeth from the Middle-Upper Jurassic Shishugou Formation of northwest Xinjiang, China. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 31 (1): 111–126.

2011. Xu, Xing, Sullivan, Corwin, Pittman, Michael, Choiniere, Jonah N., Hone, David W. E., Upchurch, Paul, Tan, Qingwei, Xiao, Dong, and Tan, Lin. A monodactyl non-avian dinosaur and the complex evolution of alvarezsauroid hand. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 108 (6): 2338–2342.

2010. Faith, J. Tyler, Choiniere, Jonah N., Tryon, Christian A., Peppe, Daniel J., Fox, D. L., and Jenkins, K. J. On the taxonomic status and ecology of Rusingoryx atopocranion (Mammalia, Artiodactyla), an extinct Pleistocene bovid from the Lake Victoria Basin, Kenya. Quaternary Research published online December 24th, doi:10.1016/j.yqres.2010.11.006.

2010. Choiniere, Jonah N., Clark, James M., Xu, Xing, and Forster, Catherine A. A new basal coelurosaur from the Middle-Late Jurassic Shishugou Formation. Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 30: 1773–1796.

2010. Brusatte, Stephen L., Norell, Mark A., Carr, Thomas D., Erickson, Gregory M., Hutchinson, John R., Balanoff, Amy M., Bever, Gabe S., Choiniere, Jonah N., Makovicky, Peter J., and Xing, Xu. Tyrannosaur paleobiology: new research on ancient exemplar organisms. Science 329: 1481–1485.

2010. Hone, David W. E., Choiniere, Jonah N., Xing, Xu, Sullivan, Corwin, and Pittman, Michael. New evidence for a trophic relationship between the dinosaurs Velociraptor and Protoceratops. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 291: 488–492.

2010. Xu, Xing, Choiniere, Jonah N., Pittman, Michael, Tan, Qingwei, Xiao, Xiao, Dong, Li, Zhiquan, Tan, Lin, Clark, James M., Norell, Mark A., Hone, David W. E., and Sullivan, Corwin. A new dromaeosaurid (Dinosauria: Theropoda) from the Upper Cretaceous Wulansuhai Formation of Inner Mongolia, China. Zootaxa 2403:1–9.

2010. Choiniere, Jonah N., Xing, Xu, Clark, James M., Forster, Catherine A., Guo, Yu, and Han, Fenglu. A basal alvarezsauroid theropod from the early Late Jurassic of Xinjiang, China. Science 327:571–574.

2009. Santiago-Blay, Jorge, Choiniere, Jonah N., and Hone, David W. E. Book Review: What Bugged the Dinosaurs: Insects, Disease, and Death in the Cretaceous, by George and Roberta Poinar. American Entomologist 55 (3): 203–205.

2009. Xu, Xing, Clark, James M., Mo, Jinyou, Choiniere, Jonah, Forster, Catherine A., Erickson, Gregory M., Hone, David W. E., Sullivan, Corwin, Eberth, David A., Nesbitt, Sterling, Zhao, Qi, Hernandez, Rene, Jia, Cheng-kai, Han,Feng-lu, and Guo,Yu. . Nature 459, 940–944.

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