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Dr. PITTMAN, Michael

Dr. PITTMAN, Michael

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Earth Sciences, Department of Earth Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU

BSc, MSc, PhD (UCL)


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Teaching area

  • Dinosaur Palaeobiology
  • Petrology

 

Research Interests

  • Dinosaur evolution, particularly avian & flight origins
  • Fossil imaging, including Laser-Stimulated Fluorescence
  • Evolutionary biomechanics of vertebrates, especially of dinosaurs

Publications

  • Pittman, M. and Xu, X. (editors). 2020. Pennaraptoran theropod dinosaurs: past progress & new frontiers. Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History, 320pp, in press​.
  • ​Xu, X.*, Currie, P.*, Pittman, M.*, Xing, L.D., Meng, Q.J., Lü, J.C., Dong, H.Y. and Yu, C.Y. 2017. Mosaic evolution in an asymmetrically feathered troodontid dinosaur with transitional features. Nature Communications, 8: 14972. [*joint first-author]​

  • ​Xu, X.*, Currie, P.*, Pittman, M.*, Xing, L.D., Meng, Q.J., Lü, J.C., Dong, H.Y. 

    and Yu, C.Y. Mosaic evolution in an asymmetrically feathered troodontid dinosaur with 

    transitional features. Nature Communications, 8: 14972. [*joint first-author]

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    Wang, X.L.*, Pittman, M*, Zheng, X.T., Kaye, T., Falk, A., Hartman, S. & Xu, X. 

    Basal paravian functional anatomy illuminated by high-detail body outline. Nature  

    Communications, 8: 14576.  [*joint first-author]

  • Yang, Z.X., Jiang, B.Y., McNamara, M.E., Kearns, S.L., Pittman, M., Kaye, T.G., Orr, P.J., Xu, X. & Benton, M.J. Pterosaur integumentary structures with complex feather-like branching. Nature Ecology & Evolution, 3: 24-30.

Awards and Honors

  • Award for Teaching Innovation in E-Learning 2017-18, HKU Faculty of Science
  • Finalist for 2018 edX Prize for Exceptional Contributions in Online Teaching and Learning