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Jih-pai LIN
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39 East Beijing Road, Nanjing, 210008, China

My research goals focus on understanding the early evolution of two important invertebrate clades: arthropods and echinoderms, and the origination and sustainability of marine benthic communities through time.
By understanding the taphonomic aspects, including necrolysis, entombment processes, and fossil-diagenesis, we can understand how those exceptionally preserved arthropods once lived, died, and were buried in the fossil record. Although the exact taxonomic affinities of many Cambrian taxa are still uncertain at best, my research focuses on a few key species, including Skania, Naraoia, Burgessia, and Phytophilasphis, that provide clue about the origins of trilobites, crustaceans, and chelicerates.
Based on new material from South China, my colleagues and I have published series of papers on the taphonomy and ecology of Cambrian stalked echinoderms. Important results include: 1) determining the main elemental concentrations responsible for the variety of coloration on gogiid echinoderms in the siliciclastic settings; 2) documenting the preservation of soft-parts and skeletal microstructures in articulated gogiids; 3) interpreting some selective disarticulation patterns due to infaunal activities; and most significantly, 4) proposing that gogiids and helicoplacoids, which are the most enigmatic echinoderms known, shared the same biologic grade - binding skeletal plates with undifferentiated mesodermal connective tissue.
The unique aspect of the Cambrian-Precambrian transition is that most of the modern phyla have evolved or can be traced to that critical time and most of modern animal classes are fully established by the Ordovician. Thus, we can test known hypotheses on evolutionary ecology based on the new information we gathered around the beginning of the fossil record. One idea is that the dynamic interactions among principle ecologic members were already existed among Cambrian deposits of exceptional preservation based on my work on Kaili Biota (see Lin 2008; ISBN: 9783639101089). I would like to test it further with other major deposits in the early fossil record.
I collaborate with the following Ediacaran and/or Cambrian colleagues on the evolution of early life. USA: W.I. Ausich & L.E. Babcock (The Ohio State University); S.M. Gon, III (The Nature Conservancy of Hawaii). China: Y.-L. Zhao & J. Peng (Guizhou University); J.-L. Yuan (Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences); S.-X. Hu (Yunnan Institute of Geological Science); X.-L. Zhang (Northwest University). Taiwan: C.-W. Li (National Tsing Hwa University); Y.-K. Hwu (Institute of Physics, Academia Sinica). Russia: A. Ivantsov (Paleontological Institute). UK: A. C. Scott (Royal Holloway University of London at Egham). Australia: J.G. Gehling (South Australian Museum)




  Lin Jih-Pai, 2008. From a Fossil Assemblage to a Paleoecologic Community – Time, Organisms and Environment based on the Kaili Lagerstätte (Cambrian), South China and Coeval Deposits of Exceptional Preservation. VDM Verlag Dr. Müller, Saarbrücken, 412 p. ISBN: 9783639101089 

  Lin Jih-Pai, 2006. Taphonomy of naraoiids (Arthropoda) from the Middle Cambrian Kaili  

  Biota, Guizhou Province, South China. Palaios, v. 21, p. 15-25. 

  Lin Jih-Pai, Gon, S.M., III, Gehling, J.G., Babcock, L.E., Zhao Yuan-Long, Zhang Xing-Liang, Hu Shi-Xue, Yuan Jin-Liang, Yu Mei-Yi & Peng Jin, 2006. A Parvancorina-like arthropod from the Cambrian of South China. Historical Biology, v. 18, p. 33-45.  

  Lin Jih-Pai, Ausich, W.I. & Zhao Yuan-Long, 2008. Settling strategy of stalked echinoderms from the Kaili Biota (middle Cambrian), Guizhou Province, South China.  Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 258, p. 213-221. 

  Lin Jih-Pai, Ausich, W.I., Zhao Yuan-Long & Peng Jin, 2008. Taphonomy, palaeoecological implications, and colouration of Cambrian gogiid echinoderms from Guizhou Province, South China. Geological Magazine, v. 145, p. 17-36.  

  Lin Jih-Pai, 2009. Function and hydrostatics in the telson of the Burgess Shale arthropod Burgessia. Biology Letters, v. 5, p. 376-379. 

  Lin Jih-Pai, Zhao Yuan-Long, Rahman, I.A., Xiao Shuhai & Wang Yue, 2010. Bioturbation in Burgess Shale-type Lagerstätten – Case study of trace fossil–body fossil association from the Kaili Biota (Cambrian Series 3), Guizhou, China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, v. 292, p. 245-256.  


  Yuan Jinliang, Li Yue, Mu Xinan, Lin Jih-Pai, Zhu Xuejian, 2012. Trilobite fauna of the Changhia Formation (Cambrian Series 3) from Shandong and Adjacent area, North China. Palaeontologia Sinica, Whole Number 197, New Series B, Number 35, Beijing: Science Press, 1-758pp, 241pls (in Chinese with English summary) 

  Botting, J.P., Muir, L.A., Xiao Shuhai, Li Xiangfeng & Lin Jih-Pai, 2012. Evidence for spicule homology in calcareous and siliceous sponges: biminerallic spicules in Lenica sp. from the Early Cambrian of South China. Lethaia, v. 45, p. 463-475. 

  Harvey, T.H.P., Ortega-Hernández, J., Lin Jih-Pai, Zhao Yuanlong & Butterfield, N.J., 2012. Burgess Shale-type microfossils from the middle Cambrian Kaili Formation, Guizhou Province, China. Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, v. 57, p. 423-436. 

  Botting, J.P., Muir, L.A., Li, X.-F. & Lin Jih-Pai*, 2013, A problematic, probably chemosymbiotic hexactinellid sponges from the early Cambrian of South China: Acta Palaeontologica Polonica, v. 58, p. 641-649. 

  Botting, J.P., Muir, L.A. & Lin Jih-Pai*, 2013, Relationships of the Cambrian Protomonaxonida (Porifera): Palaeontologia Electronica, v. 16, p. 9A. 

  Muir, L.A., Zhang, Y.D. & Lin Jih-Pai*, 2013, New material from the Ordovician of China indicates that Inocaulis is a graptolite: Alcheringa, v. 37, p. 565-566.  

  Van Iten, H., Muir, L.A., Botting, J.P., Zhang, Y.D. & Lin Jih-Pai, 2013, Conulariids and Sphenothallus (Cnidaria, Medusozoa) from the Tonggao Formation (Lower Ordovician, China): Bulletin of Geosciences, v. 88, p. 713-722. 

  Zamora, S., Lefebvre, B., Álvaro, J.J., Clausen, S., Elicki, O., Fatka, O., Jell, P.A., Kouchinsky,  A., Lin Jih-Pai, Nardin, E., Parsley, R.L., Rozhnov, S.V., Sprinkle, J., Sumrall, C.D., Vizcaïno, D., and Smith, A.B., 2013, Chapter 13 Cambrian echinoderm diversity and palaeobiogeography: Geological Society, London, memoirs, v. 38, p. 157-171. 

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