Description

China is richly endowed with Cambrian strata yielding some of the best-preserved fossils known anywhere in the world. The trilobites are most important element in the fauna, and of scientific relevance for several reasons. First, they are of regional importance in the precise correlation of strata, and are of primary use in characterising mappable formations. Second, some of the species are widespread internationally, and these permit the placing of Chinese stratigraphical schemes within the global chronostratigraphy. Thirdly, the variety, relationships and endemicity of the faunas contributes to the broad questions of how evolution proceeded in the Cambrian, and is relevant to debates about whether special conditions applied at the early stage of the Phanerozoic radiation. Volume 1 of this set contains general geologic information concerning the Huaqiao Formation of the northwestern Hunan, lithostratigraphic data, biostratigraphic zonation, detailed description of three stratigraphic sections, and the systematic of corynexochid, lichid, and as aphid trilobites. Volume 2 contains systematic treatments of ptychopariids, eodiscids, trilobites of uncertain affinity, and some undertermined sclerites. In both volumes, considerable effort was made to reillustrate type material of many previously described taxa. In some older literature, illustrations were not always reproduced well, so the new illustrations should help to clarify taxonomic concepts.

Key Features

* Provides a detailed documentation of 196 polymerid triobites from Huaqiao Formation of northwestern Hunan, including a large number of new genera and species * Includes high-quality photographs and illustrations throughout

Readership

Geologists and Paleontologists specifcally interested in Cambrian geology.

Table of Contents

Volume 1 Foreword Introduction Previous Work Geologic Setting Correlation Systematic Paleontology References Index of Species and Genera Plates Volume 2 Introduction Systematic Paleontology References Index Plates

Details

No. of pages:
688
Language:
English
Copyright:
© 2005
Published:
Imprint:
Elsevier Science
Print ISBN:
9780080450414
eBook ISBN:
9780080539225

About the authors

S. Peng

Affiliations and Expertise

Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing, China

L.E. Babcock

Affiliations and Expertise

The Ohio State University, Columbus, USA

H. Lin

Affiliations and Expertise

Chinese Academy of Arts, Nanjing, China