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Xiaoming Wang is a noted vertebrate paleontologist and geologist born in People's Republic of China and now living and teaching in the United States.


Areas of expertiseEdit

Professor Wang specializes in the fossil evolution, systematics, and phylogeny of mammals of the Cenozoic. He has researched the biostratigraphy of Inner Mongolia and Asia as a whole, the geochronology of Asia, paleoenvironments of the Tibetan Plateau, and mammalian migrations between Eurasia and North America. Wang has also investigated the systematics and phylogeny of canids (dogs and their kin) as well as Late Eocene through Pleistocene fossil mammals of Southern California and Mexico. (see Natural History Museum of LA).


Professional lifeEdit

Wang is a curator in the Department of Vertebrate Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County and Natural History Museum.[1][2] Wang is also a contributing researcher of the Paleobiology Database created by John Alroy, Ph.D.[3]


  • The Origin and Evolution of the Dog Family
  • Other Families of Carnivora.
  • Paleoenvironment of the Tibetan Plateau.
  • Biostratigraphy of Inner Mongolia.
  • Neogene Terrestrial Mammalian Biostratigraphy and Chronology in Asia.



Wang is also co-author, with American Museum of Natural History paleontologist, Richard H. Tedford of a popular book Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History, based upon their research on fossils of the Canidae.


Wang, Xiaoming; and Tedford, Richard H. Dogs: Their Fossil Relatives and Evolutionary History. New York: Columbia University Press, 2008.