Dinosaur-bearing strata and K/T boundary in the Luanchuan-Tantou Basin of western Henan Province, China

  • XiaoJun JiangEmail author
  • YongQing Liu
  • ShuAn Ji
  • XingLiao Zhang
  • Li Xu
  • SongHai Jia
  • JunChang Lü
  • ChongXi Yuan
  • Ming Li
Research Paper


The sequence stratigraphy and geochronology of the terrestrial dinosaur-bearing strata, i.e., the Qiupa Formation, were poorly studied in the Luanchuan-Tantou Basin in western Henan, China. This study shows that these strata represent a complete succession from the Late Cretaceous to the early Paleogene, including the K/T boundary, in this area. Here we report a detailed study of the K/T boundary, especially its stratigraphic sequence, sedimentary characteristics, integrity, continuity, and geological implications.


western Henan Luanchuan-Tantou Basin dinosaurs stratigraphy K/T boundary 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • XiaoJun Jiang
    • 1
    Email author
  • YongQing Liu
    • 1
  • ShuAn Ji
    • 1
  • XingLiao Zhang
    • 2
  • Li Xu
    • 2
  • SongHai Jia
    • 2
  • JunChang Lü
    • 1
  • ChongXi Yuan
    • 1
  • Ming Li
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of GeologyChinese Academy of Geological SciencesBeijingChina
  2. 2.Henan Geological MuseumZhengzhouChina

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