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Charophytes uncovering the Cretaceous–Paleogene boundary in the Pingyi Basin, China

  Fig. 1 Some charophytes from the Pingyi Basin. A-C. Feistiella anluensis; D-I. Peckichara varians.
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  The Cretaceous-Paleogene boundary (K/Pg boundary) mar...
Appendages of an early Cambrian trilobite support mandibulate affinities of trilobites

  Recently, ZENG Han (PhD student) and his colleagues from the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences described in detail the appendages of an early Cambrian trilobite Hongshiyanaspis yiliangensis Zhang & Lin in Zhang et al., 1980 (Redlichiida, Metadoxidida...
What caused the biological mass extinctions?

  Although a majority of biologists are convinced that a mass extinction is underway on earth today, the human history with direct observatory data is too short to predict its future trend. At least five great mass extinctions occurred during the Phanerozoic and they caused at least 75% marine...
Mediterranean Outflow Water evolution indicated by Benthic Foraminifera

  Location map of Site U1391, and distribution of main ocean water masses in the northeastern Atlantic and western Mediterranean Sea
  After the Strait of Gibraltar re-opened at 5.33 million years ago, warm high-salinity Mediterranean outflow water (MOW) showered into the Gulf of Cadiz, nort...
How life (barely) survived

  An international team of researchers at the University of Calgary and the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Science have shown just how precarious the recovery of life was following Earth’s greatest extinction event, about 251.9 million years ago. A site nea...
Evolution of oceanic molybdenum and uranium reservoir size around the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition

  Stratigraphic distribution of geochemical results in this study
  The major diversification of animal life known as the Cambrian explosion commenced at the end of the Ediacaran Period, but did not reach its peak until Stage 3 of Cambrian Series 2. This remarkable escalation of biological c...
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