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An early Cambrian craniate-like chordate
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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. Expand
Recent Priapulidae and their Early Cambrian ancestors: comparisons and evolutionary significance
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The functional morphology of Xiaoheiqingella and Yunnanpriapulus nov. gen. suggests that these two worms were chiefly carnivorous with possible occasional mud-eating habits, and the Priapulidae lineage may have a remote origin much older than was previously assumed. Expand
The first tunicate from the Early Cambrian of South China
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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. Expand
The earliest known holometabolous insects
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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. Expand
Diverse transitional giant fleas from the Mesozoic era of China
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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. Expand
Mesozoic giant fleas from northeastern China (Siphonaptera): Taxonomy and implications for palaeodiversity
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The basal morphological disparities of Siphonaptera in the Mesozoic are evidenced by the occurrence of at least three distinct groups (pseudopulicids, tarwiniids, and saurophthirids). Expand
Jurassic integrative stratigraphy and timescale of China
  • Diying Huang
  • Geology
  • Science 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,Expand
Early Cambrian sipunculan worms from southwest China
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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. Expand
Anatomy and lifestyles of Early Cambrian priapulid worms exemplified by Corynetis and Anningvermis from the Maotianshan Shale (SW China)
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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. Expand
Harvestmen (Arachnida: Opiliones) from the Middle Jurassic of China
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Jurassic arachnids from Middle Jurassic strata of Daohugou, Inner Mongolia, China, are described as Mesobunus martensi gen. et sp. Expand
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