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Chinese Fossil Vertebrates

By: Spencer G Lucas

375 pages, Bw photos, illus, tabs, maps

Columbia University Press

Paperback | Dec 2002 | #121685 | ISBN: 0231084838
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Provides a comprehensive, chronologically ordered review of China's vertebrate fossil record. of the most important paleontology books produced in recent years. -- Fossil News "An important contribution." -- Choice


PrefaceINTRODUCTIONPolitical divisions of ChinaGeological settingVertebrate biochronologySome features of this book2 HISTORY OF VERTEBRATE PALEONTOLOGICAL STUDIESBasalla's modelAncient Chinese observations on fossil vertebratesDragon bones: Nineteenth century western paleontology and China's vertebrate fossilsJohan Gunnar Andersson and the Lagrelius CollectionOtto ZdanskyBlack, Bohlin and ZhoukoudianEnd of the Sino-Swedish paleontological programThe Central Asiatic ExpeditionsThe 1920s-1930s: Foreign vertebrate paleontologists living in ChinaC.C. Young and Minchen ChowThe IVPPNew collaborationThe three-stage model3 CAMBRIAN-SILURIANSilurian vertebrate-producing strataEarly Silurian - Dayongaspis biochronEarly middle Silurian - Hanyangaspis biochronLate middle Silurian - Sinogalaeaspis biochronLate Silurian - Nostolepis biochronChina's oldest vertebratesSilurian vertebrate biochronologySilurian vertebrate paleobiogeography4 DEVONIANDevonian vertebrate-producing strataEarly Devonian - Yunnanolepis biochronEarly Devonian paleocommunitiesMiddle Devonian - Bothriolepis biochronLate Devonian - Remigolepis biochronSystematics of Devonian agnathansDiabolepis and lungfish phylogenyDevonian vertebrate biogeography5 CARBONIFEROUSCarboniferous vertebrate occurrencesAcanthodesChondrichthyansHeliocoprionid from XinjiangProspectus6 PERMIANPermian nonmarine strata in the Junggur and Ordos basinsUrumqiaTurfania and YaomoshaniaThe Dashankou localityPareiasaur faunaDicynodon faunaThe Dicyodon biochron7 TRIASSICJunggur basinOrdos basinJimsarian vertebratesFuguan vertebratesOrdosian vertebratesNingwuan vertebratesFukang faunaChinese Triassic dicynodontsThe "Nine-dragon Wall"LotosaurusTriassic fishesTriassic marine reptilesChinese Triassic tetrapods, Pangea and facies8 JURASSICSichuan basinOther Jurassic basinsDawan vertebratesGlobal correlation of the DawanDashanpuan vertebratesTuojiangian vertebratesNingjiagouan vertebratesJurassic fishesJurassic dinosaur footprintsChinese tritylodontidsChinese Jurassic mammalsChinese Jurassic dinosaurs9 CRETACEOUSVertebrate-bearing strataLand-vertebrate faunachronsTsagantsabian vertebratesThe Psittacosaurus biochronKhukhtekian vertebratesAge of the Liaoning birdsChinese Early Cretaceous birds and avian originsBaynshirenian vertebratesDjadokhtan vertebratesNemegtian vertebratesCretaceous fishesCeratopsian evolutionChinese Cretaceous dinosaur eggsCretaceous-Tertiary boundary and extinctionsTwo vertebrate faunas10 PALEOGENEPaleogene vertebrate-bearing depositsPaleogene land-mammal "ages"Shanghuan mammalsNongshanian mammalsBumbanian mammalsArshantan and Irdinmanhan mammalsSharamurunian mammalsErgilian mammalsShandgolian mammalsTabenbulukian mammalsPaleogene rodent evolutionIndricothere evolutionPaleogene lower vertebratesPaleogene birdsPaleoplacentals and neoplacentals11 MIOCENE-PLIOCENEMiocene-Pliocene vertebrate-bearing strataMiocene-Pliocene land-mammal "ages"Xiejian mammalsShanwangian mammalsTunggurian mammalsBahean mammalsBaodean mammalsJinglean mammalsYouhean mammalsForest and steppe faunasProboscidean evolutionHipparion first-appearance datumChinese Miocene-Pliocene apesMiocene-Pliocene lower vertebratesMiocene-Pliocene birdsPaleozoogeography12 PLEISTOCENEPleistocene vertebrate-bearing depositsNihewanian land-mammal "age"Pleistocene mammals of northern ChinaPleistocene mammals of southern ChinaPleistocene mammals of the transition zoneGigantopithecusFossil HomoZhoukoudianPleistocene mammothsPleistocene lower vertebratesPleistocene birdsOrigin of China's extant vertebrates13 SUMMARYHistory of vertebrate paleontology in ChinaCambrian-OrdovicianSilurianDevonianCarboniferousPermianTriassicJurassicC retaceousPaleogeneMiocene-PliocenePleistocene14 REFERENCES

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Spencer Lucas is curator of paleontology at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History.

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