An early Cambrian craniate-like chordate
A recently discovered craniate-like chordate, Haikouella lanceolata, is described from 305 fossil specimens inHaikou near Kunming, indicating that this 530 million-year-old (Myr) fish-like animal probably represents a very early craniatesate- like chordate that lived near the beginning of the Cambrian period during the main burst ofThe Cambrian explosion.
The first tunicate from the Early Cambrian of South China
- Jun‐yuan Chen, Diying Huang, Qingqing Peng, H. Chi, Xiu-Qiang Wang, Man Feng
- GeographyProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences…
- 30 June 2003
Based on new, more complete “Cheungkongella” specimens that show branching tentacles, this form may be a lophophorate, and in any case is not a tunicate.
Recent Priapulidae and their Early Cambrian ancestors: comparisons and evolutionary significance
Diverse transitional giant fleas from the Mesozoic era of China
Giant forms from the Middle Jurassic and Early Cretaceous periods of China exhibit many defining features of fleas but retain primitive traits such as non-jumping hindlegs, implying that these fleas may be rooted among the pollinating ‘long siphonate’ scorpionflies of the Mesozoic.
The earliest known holometabolous insects
Although these discoveries reveal unexpected Pennsylvanian eumetabolan diversity, the lineage radiated more successfully only after the mass extinctions at the end of the Permian period, giving rise to the familiar crown groups of their respective clades.
Jurassic integrative stratigraphy and timescale of China
- Diying Huang
- GeologyScience China. Earth Sciences
- 19 October 2018
The Jurassic stratigraphy in China is dominated by continental sediments. Marine facies and marine-terrigenous facies sediment have developed locally in the Qinghai-Tibet area, southern South China,…
Mesozoic giant fleas from northeastern China (Siphonaptera): Taxonomy and implications for palaeodiversity
The basal morphological disparities of Siphonaptera in the Mesozoic are evidenced by the occurrence of at least three distinct groups (pseudopulicids, tarwiniids, and saurophthirids).
Early Cambrian sipunculan worms from southwest China
- Diying Huang, Jun‐yuan Chen, J. Vannier, J. I. Saiz Salinas
- BiologyProceedings of the Royal Society of London…
- 22 August 2004
It is suggested that most typical features of extant sipunculans have undergone only limited changes since the Early Cambrian, thus indicating a possible evolutionary stasis over the past 520 Myr.
Harvestmen (Arachnida: Opiliones) from the Middle Jurassic of China
Jurassic arachnids from Middle Jurassic strata of Daohugou, Inner Mongolia, China, are described as Mesobunus martensi gen. et sp.
Anatomy and lifestyles of Early Cambrian priapulid worms exemplified by Corynetis and Anningvermis from the Maotianshan Shale (SW China)
The cuspidate pharyngeal teeth of Anningvermis and the most peculiar radiating oral crown of Corynetis are interpreted as two different types of grasping apparatus possibly involved in the capture of small prey, suggesting complex prey-predator relationship between communities already existed in the Early Cambrian.