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Sep. 1996 – Aug. 1999 Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS

PH. D. Paleontology and stratigraphy

Late Sinian metazoan Tubular fossils from western Hubei and Southern Shaanxi, China

Sep. 1993 – Jun. 1996 Department of Geology, Northwest University, Xi’an

Master degree, Paleontology and stratigraphy

The fossils discovered in the Proterozoic from Qinling Mountain.

Sep. 1989 – Jun. 1993 Department of Geology, Northwest University, Xi’an

Bachelor degree, Geology


Work Experience

2014 – Present, Research Professor; 2005 –2014, Associate Professor; 2001 –2005, Assistant Professor. Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS

2005 –2006 Swedish Museum of Natural History, Stockholm, Guest researcher

1999 –2001 Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, CAS, Postdoctoral fellow


Origin and early evolution of animals, Neoproterozoic stratigraphy. Current research focused on the Ediacaran biota and trace fossils.


2019 Chen, Z., Zhou, C., Yuan, X., Xiao, S., Death march of a segmented and trilobate bilaterian elucidates early animal evolution. Nature 573, 412-415.

2019 Xiao, S., Chen, Z., Zhou, C., and Yuan, X. Surfing in and on microbial mats: Oxygen-related behavior of a terminal Ediacaran bilaterian animal: Geology, v. 47, p. 1054-1058

2019邵叶飞, 陈哲, 周传明, 袁训来. 湖北三峡地区埃迪卡拉系灯影组Hiemalora stellaris生物属性及埋藏分析. 古生物学报 58, 1-10.

2019 Ouyang, Q., Zhou, C., Xiao, S., Chen, Z., Shao, Y.. Acanthomorphic acritarchs from the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation at Zhangcunping in South China, with implications for the evolution of early Ediacaran eukaryotes. Precambrian Research 320, 171-192.

2019 Zhou, C., Yuan, X., Xiao, S., Chen, Z., Hua, H,. Ediacaran integrative stratigraphy and timescale of China. Science China Earth Sciences 62, 7-24.

2018 Chen, Z., Chen, X., Zhou, C., Yuan, X., Xiao, S.. Late Ediacaran trackways produced by bilaterian animals with paired appendages. Science Advances 4. eaao6691, Doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aao6691

2018陈翔, 袁训来, 周传明, 陈哲. 湖北三峡地区埃迪卡拉系灯影组蝌蚪状遗迹化石. 古生物学报 57, 1-10.

2017. Guan, C., Wang, W., Zhou, C., Muscente, A.D., Wan, B., Chen, X., Yuan, X., Chen, Z., Ouyang, Q., Controls on fossil pyritization: Redox conditions, sedimentary organic matter content, and Chuaria preservation in the Ediacaran Lantian Biota. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 474, 26-35.

2017. Shen, B., Xiao, S., Zhou, C., Dong, L., Chang, J., Chen, Z.., A new modular palaeopascichnid fossil Curviacus ediacaranus new genus and species from the Ediacaran Dengying Formation in the Yangtze Gorges area of South China. Geological Magazine, 1-12.

2017. Zhou, C., Li, X.-H., Xiao, S., Lan, Z., Ouyang, Q., Guan, C., Chen, Z., A new SIMS zircon U–Pb date from the Ediacaran Doushantuo Formation: age constraint on the Weng'an biota. Geological Magazine, 1-9.

2017. Zhou, C., Xiao, S., Wang, W., Guan, C., Ouyang, Q., Chen, Z., The stratigraphic complexity of the middle Ediacaran carbon isotopic record in the Yangtze Gorges area, South China, and its implications for the age and chemostratigraphic significance of the Shuram excursion. Precambrian Research 288, 23-38.

2017. Wang, W., Guan, C., Zhou, C., Peng, Y., Pratt, L.M., Chen, X., Chen, L., Chen, Z., Yuan, X., Xiao, S., Integrated carbon, sulfur, and nitrogen isotope chemostratigraphy of the Ediacaran Lantian Formation in South China: Spatial gradient, ocean redox oscillation, and fossil distribution. Geobiology 15, 552-571.

2016. Wan, B., Yuan, X., Chen, Z., Guan, C., Pang, K., Tang, Q., Xiao, S., Systematic description of putative animal fossils from the early Ediacaran Lantian Formation of South China. Palaeontology 59, 515-532.


2014 Chen, Z., Zhou, C., Xiao, S., Wang, W., Guan, C., Hua, H., Yuan, X., New Ediacara fossils preserved in marine limestone and their ecological implications. Scientific Reports 4, 4180. DOI: 10.1038/srep04180.

2014 Wang, W., Guan., Zhou., Wan, B., Tang., Chen, X., Chen Z., Yuan X, Exceptional preservation of macrofossils from the Ediacaran Lantian and MIaohe biotas, south China. Palaios 29, 129-136.

2014 Wang, W., Zhou, C., Guan, C., Yuan, X., Chen, Z., Wan, B., An integrated carbon, oxygen, and strontium isotopic studies of the Lantian Formation in South China with implications for the Shuram anomaly. Chemical Geology 373, 10-26.

2014 Wan, B., Xiao, S., Yuan, X., Chen, Z., Pang, K., Tang, Q., Guan, C., Maisano, J.A., Orbisiana linearis from the early Ediacaran Lantian Formation of South China and its taphonomic and ecological implications. Precambrian Research 255, Part 1, 266-275.

2014 Meyer, M., Xiao, S., Gill, B.C., Schiffbauer, J.D., Chen, Z., Zhou, C., Yuan, X., Interactions between Ediacaran animals and microbial mats: Insights from Lamonte trevallis, a new trace fossil from the Dengying Formation of South China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 396, 62-74.

2013 Chen, Z., Zhou, C., Meyer, M., Xiang, K., Schiffbauer, J.D., Yuan, X., Xiao, S., Trace fossil evidence for Ediacaran bilaterian animals with complex behaviors. Precambrian Research 224, 690-701.

2013 Chen, Z., Zhou, C., Meyer, M., Xiang, K., Schiffbauer, J.D., Yuan, X., Xiao, S., Reply to comment on "Trace fossil evidence for Ediacaran bilaterian animals with complex behaviors". Precambrian Research 231, 386-387.

2013 Yuan, X., Chen, Z., Xiao, S., Wan, B., Guan, C., Wang, W., Zhou, C., and Hua. H., The Lantian biota: A new window onto the origin and early evolution of multicellular organisms. Chinese Science Bulletin 58(7):701-707.

2013 Xiao, S., Droser, M., Gehling, J.G., Hughes, I.V., Wan, B., Chen, Z., Yuan, X.. Affirming life aquatic for the Ediacara biota in China and Australia. Geology 41, 1095-1098.

2013 Wan, B., Yuan, X., Chen, Z., Guan, C., Pang, K., Tang, Q., Rao, X. Quantitative Analysis of Flabellophyton from the Ediacaran Lantian Biota, South China: Application of Geometric Morphometrics in Precambrian Fossil Research. Acta Geologica Sinica - English Edition 87, 905-915.

2013 王伟, 蔡耀平, 关成国, 万斌, 陈哲, 周传明, 袁训来.华南埃迪卡拉纪化石保存方式及其时空分布. 古生物学报 52(1):68-79.

2012 Zhou, C., Jiang, S., Xiao, S., Chen, Z., Yuan, X. Rare earth elements and carbon isotope geochemistry of the Doushantuo Formation in South China: Implication for middle Ediacaran shallow marine redox conditions. Chinese Science Bulletin 57, 1998-2006.

2012 Wang, W., Zhou, C., Yuan, X., Chen, Z., Xiao, S. A pronounced negative δ13C excursion in an Ediacaran succession of western Yangtze Platform: A possible equivalent to the Shuram event and its implication for chemostratigraphic correlation in South China. Gondwana Research 22, 1091-1101.

2012 Dong, L., Song, W., Xiao, S., Yuan, X., Chen, Z., Zhou, C., Micro- and macrofossils from the Piyuancun Formation and their implications for the Ediacaran-Cambrian boundary in southern Anhui. Journal of Stratigraphy 36, 600-610.

2012 关成国,万斌,陈哲,傅强,皖南新元古代冰期地层再认识。地层学杂志,36(3): 611-619

2012 袁训来, 陈哲, 肖书海,.蓝田生物群:一个认识多细胞生物起源和早期演化的新窗口. 科学通报 57: 3219-3227.

2011 Zhou, C., Xiao, S., Hua, H., Chen, Z., Yuan, X., Carbon isotope chemostratigraphy and biostratigraphy of the Ediacaran System in South China. Proceedings of the International Conference on Neoproterozoic Sedimentary Basins Stratigraphy, Geodynamics and Petroleum Potential, 112-113.

2011. Li G., Zhu M., Chen Z., Animal skeletons, advent. In Reitner, J., Thiel, V. (eds) Encyclopedia of Geobiology. Springer, Netherlands. 58-64.

2011 Yuan, X., Chen, Z., Xiao, S., Zhou, C. and Hua, H., An early Ediacaran assemblage of macroscopic and morphologically differentiated eukaryotes. Nature, 470(7334): 390-393.

2011 王伟, 周传明, 袁训来, 陈哲, 关成国. 华南埃迪卡拉纪陡山沱海洋中无机碳同位素组成变化. 地层学杂志 35(4):349-360.

2010 Hua, H., Chen, Z., Yuan, X., Xiao, S., Cai, Y. The earliest Foraminifera from southern Shaanxi, China. SCIENCE CHINA Earth Sciences 53, 1756-1764.

2010 华洪, 陈哲, 袁训来, 肖书海,蔡耀平,陕南伊迪卡拉纪末期的瓶状化石-可能最早的有孔虫化石. 中国科学 地球科学, 40(9): 1105-1114

2009 华洪 陈哲 蔡耀平 李朋. 最早骨骼生物Cloudina——埃迪卡拉纪晚期一类重要的标准化石. 西北大学学报(自然科学版)

2008 Chen, Z. Bengtson, S. Zhou, C.-M., Hua, H. and Yue, Z. Tube structure and original composition of Sinotubulites: shelly fossils from the late Neoproterozoic in southern Shaanxi, China. Lethaia, 41:37-45. 

2007 Hua Hong, Chen Zhe, Yuan Xunlai, The advent of mineralized skeletons in Neoproterozoic Metazoa—new fossil evidence from the Gaojiashan Fauna. Geological Journal. 42: 263–279

2005 Hua,Hong, Chen,Zhe, Yuan,Xunlai, Zhang,Luyi, Xiao,Shuhai. Skeletogenesis and asexual reproduction in the earliest biomineralizing animal Cloudina. Geology Volume: 33 Issue: 4 Pages: 277-280

2005 华洪,陈哲,张录易.陕南新元古代末期微体管状疑难化石。古生物学报 44 4 ),487-493

2004 Hua Hong, Chen Zhe , Zhang Luyi. Early Cambrian phosphatized blastula- and gastrula-stage animal fossils from southern Shaanxi. Chinese Science Bulletin, 49(5)487-490

2004 周传明,袁训来,肖书海,陈哲,薛耀松. 湖北保康陡山沱给磷酸盐化微体化石组合。微体古生物学报,214:349-366

2004 薛耀松、周传明、陈哲,湖北南漳地区晚震旦世高家山期微化石的新发现-兼论南江上升运动的地质意义。微体古生物学报,211),112

2004 华洪,陈哲,张录易. Shaanxilithes在贵州的发现及其意义。地层学杂志,283),265-269

2004 华洪,陈哲,张录易, 陕南早寒武世磷酸盐化囊胚期及原肠胚期动物化石。科学通报,49(2),177-180

2004 陈哲,胡杰,周传明,肖书海,袁训来. 皖南早寒武世荷塘组海绵动物群。科学通报,4914),1399-1402

2004 Zhou Chuanming, Tucker R, Xiao S, Yuan X, Chen Z. New constraints on the ages of Neoproterozoic glaciations in south China. Geology, 32(5), 437-440.

2004 Chen Zhe, Hu Jie, Zhou Chuangming, Xiao Shuhai, Yuan Xunlai. Sponge fossil assemblage from the Early Cambrian Hetang Formation in southern Anhui. Chinese Science Bulletin, 49(15), 1625-1628.

2003 华洪,张录易,陈哲,陕南晚震旦世骨骼化石的微生物磷酸盐化作用。古生物学报. 422),189-199

2003 Feng W., Chen Z., Sun W., Diversification of skeletal microstructures of organisms through the interval from the latest Precambrian to the Early Cambrian. Science in China (series D),46(10), 977-985.

2002 周传明,陈哲,薛耀松,江西上饶朝阳磷矿新元古代晚期陡山沱组微体化石新材料。古生物学报。41178-192

2002 胡杰,陈哲,薛耀松等,皖南早寒武世荷塘组海绵骨针化石. 微体古生物学报,191),53-62

2002 冯伟民,陈哲,孙卫国, 晚前寒武纪末至早寒武世生物骨骼微细结构的分异. 中国科学,3211),850-856

2002 陈哲,孙卫国,华洪, 陕南晚震旦世Gaojiashania的保存特征及形态解释. 古生物学报,413),448-454

2002 Yuan X, Xiao S, Parsley R L, Zhou C, Chen Z, Hu J, Towering sponges in an Early Cambrian Lagerstatte: Disparity between nonbilaterian and bilaterian epifaunal tierers at the Neoproterozoic-Cambrian transition. Geology, 30(4): 363-366

2001 陈哲,孙卫国,陕南晚震旦世后生动物管状化石Cloudina Sinotubulites. 微体古生物学报,182),180-202

1997 Chen Zhe, Hua H., Jian W. & Hu Y. Discovery and significance of microfossils from Qinbaikouian Dazhuang Formationin Luonan, Shaanxi Provice. Chinese Science Bullutin, 42(3), 243-245.

1997 华洪,陈哲,胡云绪,翦万筹, 洛南生物群研究进展。西北大学学报(自然科学版)06

1996 陈哲,华洪,翦万筹,胡云绪,陕西洛南青白口期大庄组微体骨骼化石的发现及其意义。科学通报,4122),2074-2076

1996 Jian Wanchou, Hua Hong, Hu Yunxu, Chen Zhe. Trace Fossils from Middle Proterozoic Gaoshanhe Group in Northern Luonan, Shaanxi Province, P.R.China. Jour. Northwest University.261:1-8

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