The Lantian Biota
The ~600-million-year-old Lantian biota (Xiuning, China) hosts some of the earliest known forms of macroscopic eukaryotes characterized by multicellularity and complex morphologies. A newly published book The Lantian Biota, illustrating with many fossil pictures and reconstructions, mainly display the marine ecosystem some 600 million years ago and its environmental background.
Book information: Yuan et al., 2016, The Lantian Biota. Shanghai, Shanghai Science and Technology Publishing House. 1-138. ISBN 978-7-5478-2854-0
Mesozoic and Cenozoic Insects from Northern China
This book is composed of 8 parts, the preface, chapters one to six, and the epilogue. In order for most readers to easily understand this book, the classification, geological history and types of fossil preservation of insects are introduced in the preface. The important Mesozoic and Cenozoic insect faunas and assemblages in northern China are shown in chapter one. Many new taxa and some new combinations are compiled and listed in chapter two. For interpretation of the geological applications of fossil insects, some research examples concerning the insect biostratigraphy, palaeoecology and biopalaeogeography, and the palaeo-atmospheric oxygen level are given in chapter three. The evolution of many insect groups are discussed in chapter four. Additionally, the evolution of insect diversity in the Jehol Biota is also given in this chapter. Recently some important progress has been made in insect taphonomy in China and is introduced in chapter six. At the end of the book, the considerable progress in palaeoentomology in China has been summarized, and the further research and development trends of this area are outlined in the epilogue.
Book information: Zhang et al., 2015, Mesozoic and Cenozoic Insects from Northern China. Shanghai, Shanghai Science and Technology Publishing House. 1-229. ISBN 978-7-5478-2879-3
.....CONTENTS OF PALAEONEWS NO.3......