Forum held in Yuxi, Yunnan, southwest China, to deepen international cooperation on Chengjiang biota

Forum held in Yuxi, Yunnan, southwest China, to deepen international cooperation on Chengjiang biota
Forum held in Yuxi, Yunnan, southwest China, to deepen international cooperation on Chengjiang biota

BEIJING, July 6, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The “40th Anniversary of the Discovery of Chengjiang Biota: International Paleontological Forum” kicked off on July 2 in Chengjiang, Yuxi, China. Yunnansouthwest of Chinaand will last until July 6.

Photo shows the site of the 40th Anniversary of the Discovery of Chengjiang Biota – International Paleontological Forum. (Source: Yunnan.cn) (PRNewsfoto/Xinhua Silk Road)

This international forum aims to review the results of cooperation in recent years, share experiences and look to the future. By leveraging the strengths of domestic and foreign research institutions, the forum seeks to deepen international cooperation in scientific research.

The forum was attended by experts and academics from Chinathe United Kingdom, the United States, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland. A total of 39 oral presentations and six academic posters will be presented to focus on domestic and foreign research achievements in the evolution of life in the Early Cambrian.

Located on the shores of Fuxian Lake in the central part of the province YunnanChengjiang Biota is known as a “world-class fossil treasure”. On July 1, 2012, Chengjiang Biota was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, becoming the first natural fossil heritage site in China. China and the only one of Asia.

To date, more than 20 phyla and over 300 species of rare Cambrian fossils have been discovered in the Chengjiang biota, and 80 percent of them are new species. The Chengjiang Fossil Site World Natural Heritage Museum now has a collection of more than 60,000 specimens.

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