Xu Xing (Chinese: 徐星; pinyin: Xú Xīng; born 1969) is a Chinese paleontologist who has named more dinosaurs than any other living paleontologist. Such dinosaurs include the Jurassic ceratopsian Yinlong, the Jurassic tyrannosauroid Guanlong, the large oviraptorosaur Gigantoraptor, and the troodontid Mei. He was born in Xinjiang, China, in 1969. A graduate from the department of geology of Peking University, he is currently a research fellow at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing. He had originally planned to become a software designer. However, he was assigned to the department of geology as the university's department of physics did not have any admission quota in Xinjiang. He graduated in 1995, and claims inspiration from Roy Chapman Andrews.
Among Xu's paleontological contributions have been discovery and analysis of dinosaur fossils with avian characteristics, and development of theories in regarding the evolution of feathers.
Genera described by Xu Xing
- Xu, Xing; Norell, Mark A; Kuang, Xuewen; Wang, Xiaolin; Zhao, Qi & Jia, Chengkai (7 October 2004). "Basal tyrannosauroids from China and evidence for protofeathers in tyrannosauroids." Nature, 431: 680-684. doi:10.1038/nature02855 PMID 15470426
- Xu, Xing; Clark, James M; Forster, Catherine A; Norell, Mark A; Erickson, Gregory M; Eberth, David A; Jia, Chengkai & Zhao, Qi (9 February 2006). "A basal tyrannosauroid dinosaur from the Late Jurassic of China." Nautre, 9: 715-718. doi:10.1038/nature04511
- Xu, Xing; Tan, Qingwei; Wang, Jianmin; Zhao, Xijin & Tan, Lin (14 June 2007). "A gigantic bird-like dinosaur from the Late Cretaceous of China." Nature, 447: 844-847. doi:10.1038/nature05849
- Xu, Xing; Zheng, Xiaoting & You, Hailu (20 January 2009). "A new feather type in a nonavian theropod and the early evolution of feathers." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 106 (3): 832-834. doi:10.1073/pnas.0810055106 PMID 19139401
- Xu, X.; Wang, K.; Zhang, K.; Ma, Q.; Xing, L.; Sullivan, C.; Hu, D.; Cheng, S.; Wang, S. (2012). "A gigantic feathered dinosaur from the Lower Cretaceous of China" (PDF). Nature. 484: 92–95. doi:10.1038/nature10906. PMID 22481363. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 17, 2012.