2005 Skinner Award Recipient
Feng Wenqing had his first exposures to vertebrate paleontology as an exhibit interpreter for the Zhoukoudian Peking Man Site in 1983, then under the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP). Soon afterward, he had the opportunity to participate in the Sino-Canadian Dinosaur Expeditions in the mid to late 1980s. Almost immediately, Wenqing (often nicknamed Xiao Feng by Chinese colleagues) has found his calling as a driver, trouble shooter, and more importantly, collector of vertebrate fossils. Collecting fossils has since become his passion.
Wenqing has participated in numerous field trips in China during the last 20 years, and everywhere he goes, he has shown himself to be an outstanding collector. Colleagues from China and abroad were always delighted by his optimism, humor, and seemingly inexhaustible resourcefulness in field logistics, and his outgoing personality and ready smile often transcended language barriers. In a country where doing field paleontology may seem too daunting, with its limited resource, notoriously difficult drivers, and all too often, seemingly intractable bureaucratic obstacles, it is a miracle that things were done with grace when Xiao Feng was around.
In the last ten years, Wenqing has collected late Cenozoic mammals in the Tibetan Plateau and the remote basins in Xinjiang Province, and has worked in the feathered dinosaur and bird localities in western Liaoning. Since the late 1980s, he has been a preparator of the IVPP, and in 2000, received a SVP Joseph Chance Award to travel to New York to further his preparation techniques. It is an honor for the Society to present the 2005 Morris F. Skinner Prize to Feng Wenqing.
Photo courtesy of Feng Wenqing.