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New data of arthropods from Cambrian Balang Fauna in eastern Guizhou, China

Research Scholar

Rongqin Wen, PhD candidate, Guizhou University (China)
Loren E. Babcock, faculty mentor

Background

  • Hometown: China
  • Degrees received: Master of Science in stratigraphy and paleontology in Guizhou University, China.

What is the issue or problem addresses in your research?

Arthropods are the most diverse creatures on Earth, with the number of known species approaching one million. The problem of their origin, evolution and distribution relationship of all groups has been a challenge for scientists. The Balang Fauna is an important Cambrian Biotic community and new assemblage from the Balang Fuana not only adds new taxon records but also provides some new information regarding their palaeoecology, evolution, and geographic distribution.

What methodology did you use in your research?

Microstructural and elemental compositions of some specimens have been investigated using a Scanning Electron Microscope. We also used statistics, comparison and contrast to studied our specimens, do much preparation of our specimens and take photo. We also plan to find more specimens to have enough.

What are the purpose/rationale and implications of your research?

The discovery of new arthropod taxa of the Balang Fauna indicates that taxa originally present in the shallow water platform migrated eastward to the deep-water area of Guizhou, adapting to a new ecological setting. The new assemblage from the Balang Fuana not only adds new taxon records but also provides some new information regarding their palaeoecology, evolution, and geographic distribution. New finds indicate these swimming animals with dispersal capabilities similar to modern pelagic organisms, and provide new essential information to a better understanding of the evolutionary pattern of these taxa in timeline, in terms of geographic distribution. Observations of new taxa from the Balang Fauna open a new stratigraphic window on their diversity and early evolutionary history.