Research Updates (include 19 Nature Index articles)

Updatetime: 2022-01-30

A short-lived oxidation event during the early Ediacaran and delayed oxygenation of the Proterozoic ocean. (Earth and Planetary Science Letters.



The tempo of Ediacaran evolution. (Science Advances.



Revisiting Ediacaran sulfur isotope chemostratigraphy with in situ nanoSIMS analysis of sedimentary pyrite. (Geology.


Cryptic terrestrial fungus-like fossils in the early Ediacaran Period. (Nature Communications.


New Ediacara-type fossils and late Ediacaran stratigraphy from the northern Qaidam Basin (China): palaeogeographic implications. (Geology.


Evolution of Holdfast Diversity and Attachment Strategies of Ediacaran Benthic Macroalgae. (Front. Earth Sci.


Dickinsonia from the Ediacaran Dengying Formation in the Yangtze Gorges area, South China. (Palaeoworld.


Silicified Polybessurus from the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation records microbial activities within marine sediments. (Palaeoworld.


A diverse organic-walled microfossil assemblage from the Mesoproterozoic Xiamaling Formation, North China. (Precambrian Research.


A strongly positive sulphur isotopic shift in late Ediacaran-early Cambrian seawater: evidence from evaporites in the Salt Range Formation, northern Pakistan. (Geological Quarterly.

Marine oxygenation, deoxygenation, and life during the Early Palaeozoic: An overview (Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.


Middle Ordovician mass-transport deposits from western Inner Mongolia, China: Mechanisms and implications for basin evolution. (Sedimentology.


Multiple glacio-eustatic cycles and associated environmental changes through the Hirnantian (Late Ordovician) in South China. (Global and Planetary Change.

Conodont biostratigraphy and biodiversity of the middle to Upper Ordovician near Shitai of Anhui Province, South China. (Alcheringa.

Middle to Late Ordovician carbon isotope chemostratigraphy of the Lower Yangtze Platform: implications for global correlation. (Geological Journal. )

Revision of late Katian (Late Ordovician) heliolitine corals from northern Kuruktag in northeastern Tarim Basin of China. (Alcheringa.  

Silurian (late Llandovery – Wenlock) conodont fauna and biostratigraphy from the Yanbian area of Sichuan Province, south‐west China. (Papers in Palaeontology.



Morphology and Nomenclature of Barsassia (Lycopsida) from the Middle Devonian of West Junggar, Xinjiang, China. (Plants.



On the discovery of Gilboaphyton (Lycopsida) from the Upper Devonian of East Junggar, Xinjiang, and its global distribution. (Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology.


Devonian palaeoclimate and its drivers: A reassessment based on a new conodont δ18O record from South China. (Earth-Science Reviews.


Devonian-Carboniferous boundary in China. (Palaeobiodiversity and Palaeoenvironments.


A continuous record of the SPICE event, sea level change and the first appearance of Fenghuangella laevis in Shandong Province, North China. (Lethaia.


Addressing a Phanerozoic carbonate facies conundrum—sponges or clotted micrite? Evidence from early Silurian reefs, South China Block. (Sedimentary Record.



Middle Ordovician trilobites from the Houping Formation of South China: Implications for palaeoecology and palaeobiogeography. (Historical Biology.


Late Ordovician corals from allochthonous clasts in the Devonian Drik-Drik Formation of northeastern New South Wales, Australia. (Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales.


Late Ordovician (Katian) linguliform microbrachiopods from north-eastern Yunnan, South China. (Papers in Palaeontology.


Phylogeny of Middle–Late Ordovician lituitid cephalopods based on cladistic analysis. (Journal of Systematic Palaeontology.


Microfossils from nodular cherts in the Middle Ordovician Yijianfang Formation carbonates (Well YJ1X), Tarim Basin, China. (Carbonates Evaporites.


First mixopterid eurypterids (Arthropoda: Chelicerata) from the Lower Silurian of South China. (Science Bulletin.



Was climatic cooling during the earliest Carboniferous driven by expansion of seed plants? (Earth and Planetary Science Letters.


Mg isotope evidence for restriction events within the Palaeotethys ocean around the Permian-Triassic transition. (Earth and Planetary Science Letters.


Felsic volcanism as a factor driving the end-Permian mass extinction. (Science Advances.



High-precision U-Pb age constraints on the Permian floral turnovers, palaeoclimate change and tectonics of North China. (Geology.


A Middle Permian assemblage of smaller foraminifera (Shanita-Hemigordiopsis assemblage) from the central Lhasa Block and its paleobiogeographic implications. (Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.


An updated age of Permian strata in the Raggyorcaka and Qamdo areas, Tibet and their palaeogeographic implications. (Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology.


Ancient noeggerathialean reveals the seed plant sister group diversified alongside the primary seed plant radiation, (PNAS.


Wuda Tuff Flora: A Permian peat-forming T0 fossil plant assemblage from Wuda Coalfield, Inner Mongolia. (Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology.


Early evolution of beetles regulated by the end-Permian deforestation. (eLife.


Wildfires and deforestation during the Permian–Triassic transition in the southern Junggar Basin, Northwest China. (Earth-Science Reviews.

Intensive wildfire associated with volcanism promoted the vegetation changeover in Southwest China during the Permian–Triassic transition. (Frontiers in Earth Science.



Depositional environment of Middle Triassic organic-rich shales in the Ordos Basin, Northwest China. (Geological Journal.


Pattern of vegetation turnover during the end-Triassic mass extinction: Trends of fern communities from South China with global context. (Global and Planetary Change.



Re–appraisal of Anthrophyopsis (Gymnospermae): New material from China and global fossil records. (Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology.


A new permineralized osmundaceous rhizome with fungal remains from the Jurassic of western Liaoning, NE China. (Review of Palaeobotany and Palynology.


A whole-plant monocot from the Lower Cretaceous. (Palaeoworld.



Early Cretaceous radiolarians and chert geochemistry from western Yarlung Tsangpo suture zone in Jiangyema section, Purang County, SW Xizang. (Cretaceous Research.


A latest Cretaceous gastropod fauna from the Jiaolai Basin of East Asia. (Cretaceous Research.



Response of the lacustrine flora in East Asia to global climate changes across the K/Pg boundary. (Global and Planetary Change.


Cretophengodidae, a new Cretaceous beetle family sheds light on the evolution of bioluminescence. (Proceedings of the Royal Society B.


Beetle or roach: systematic position of the enigmatic Umenocoleidae based on new material from Zhonggou Formation in Jiuquan, Northwest China, and a morphocladistic analysis. (Palaeoworld.


Angiosperm pollinivory in a Cretaceous beetle. (Nature Plants.



Revisiting the morphology and systematic placement of the enigmatic Cretaceous ommatid beetle Bukhkalius lindae (Coleoptera: Archostemata: Ommatidae). (Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia.

New species of Paraodontomma from mid-Cretaceous Burmese amber with muscle tissue preservation (Coleoptera: Archostemata: Ommatidae). (Papéis Avulsos de Zoologia.


Widespread mimicry and camouflage among mid-Cretaceous insects. (Gondwana Research.

Quantifying plant mimesis in fossil insects using deep learning. (Historical Biology.



The mid-Miocene Zhangpu biota reveals an outstandingly rich rainforest biome in East Asia. (Science Advances.