Thursday, 6 October 2011

Jehol Biota

 Eastern Chinese Provinces

The Jehol Biota contains probably the most prolific fossil producing strata in China.  It is found within the Eastern Provinces, forming a complex and heavily folded sediment which shows poor conformity across the regions.  For this reason, the dating and comparison of fossils is difficult at different geographical points in the sediments.

The associated rock formations are shown in the table, with the Jehol Biota marked with a blue background.  There are 5 distinct stages across 6 rock formations, extending from 110Ma to about 138Ma ago.
These deposits, along with the Daohugou Beds, which sit stratigraphically below the Jehol levels have produced significant pterosaur specimens that have enhanced the understanding of this fossil group considerably.