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Preface: New advances in the integrative stratigraphy and timescale of China

  • Shuzhong ShenEmail author
  • Jiayu Rong


A series of major geological and biological events which altered the evolutionary processes of whole biosphere occurred during the earth history. Establishing a high-resolution stratigraphic framework and timescale is essential to understand their tempo and causes. High-resolution biostratigraphy remains the most useful approach and forms the basis of dividing the chronostratigraphic system and making the inter-continental and regional correlation. China possesses nearly complete strata from Ediacaran to Quaternary covering wide palaeogeographic regions and containing abundant well-preserved fossils. Traditional biostratigraphy based on sytematic palaeontology of various fossil groups have played an important role in establishing the GSSPs and improving the International and Chinese Stratigraphic Charts. 11 out of 72 establised GSSPs are located in China. Recently, more high-precision geochronology, chemostratigraphy, cyclostrtatigraphy have been applied for stratigraphy and correlation and important advances have been made in some periods. This volume invited Chinese palaeontologists and stratigraphers to summarize the progresses of stratigraphy and timescale from Ediacaran to Quaternary and intercontinental and regional correlation during the last two decades.


Biostratigraphy Chemostratigraphy GSSP Stratigraphic correlation Timescale 


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This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 41290260, 41521061), the Strategic Priority Research Program of Chinese Academy Sciences (Grant Nos. XDB26000000, XDB18000000) and the Key Research Program of Frontier Sciences from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (Grant No. QYZDY-SSW-DQC023).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology and Center for Excellence in Life and PalaeoenvironmentChinese Academy of SciencesNanjingChina
  2. 2.Centre for Research and Education on Biological Evolution and EnvironmentNanjing UniversityNanjingChina

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