Chinese Science Bulletin, Volume 64 , Issue 27 : 2894-2906(2019) https://doi.org/10.1360/TB-2019-0053

Significant shift in the terrestrial ecosystem at the Paleogene/Neogene boundary in the Tibetan Plateau

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  • ReceivedMay 15, 2019
  • AcceptedJun 24, 2019
  • PublishedAug 5, 2019


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  • Figure 1

    Survey regions of the Paleogene-Neogene fossils in the central Tibetan Plateau and fossiliferous sections in aerial view

  • Figure 2

    Lithological sequence, fossiliferous beds, and fossils of the Paleogene-Neogene Dingqing Formation in the Lunpola Basin of northern Tibet. A, Sabalites tibetensis; B, Eoanabas thibetana; C, Tchunglinius tchangii; D, Limnobiophyllum pedunculatum; E, Aquarius lunpolaensis; F, Cedrelospermum tibeticum; G, Koelreuteria lunpolaensis; H, Ailanthus maximus; I, Plesiaceratherium sp.; J, Plesioschizothorax microcephalus; K, Marsilea sp.; L, conifers

  • Figure 3

    Reconstruction of the latest Paleogene ecosystem in the central Tibetan Plateau: A warm and humid tropical or subtropical lowland. Reconstructed taxa: ① Tchunglinius tchangii; ② Eoanabas thibetana; ③ new cyprinid form A; ④ new cyprinid form B; ⑤ raptor and cuckoo; ⑥ Aquarius lunpolaensis; ⑦ Koelreuteria lunpolaensis; ⑧ Sabalites tibetensis; ⑨ Ailanthus maximus; ⑩ Limnobiophyllum pedunculatum (Art by Feixiang Wu)

  • Figure 4

    Reconstruction of the earliest Neogene ecosystem in the central Tibetan Plateau: A temperate and cool alpine biota. Reconstructed taxa and geological phenomena: ① Plesioschizothorax microcephalus; ② Plesiaceratherium sp.; ③ broadleaved trees; ④ conifers; ⑤ Marsilea sp.; ⑥ volcano (Art by Feixiang Wu)


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