Organisers: Jing Lu1, Zongjun Yin2, Zhuo Feng3

1Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology and Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100044, China

2 State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology and Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Nanjing 210008, China

3Institute of Palaeontology, Yunnan University, Kunming 650500, China


The evolution of life is intertwined with the geological changes of the Earth’s environment in deep time. Of particular importance, how and when this coevolution happens during the key geological transitions is central in understanding some of the most remarkable events in the history of life. Recent technological innovations in both the earth and life sciences have generated unprecedently detailed and comprehensive datasets, providing a promising yet challenging prospective on this topic, using big data analytics and the development of statistic methodology. The main goal of this session aims to invite researchers to present their latest progresses in palaeobiology, sedimentology, palaeoceanography, palaeoclimatology, palaeogeography, and evolutionary developmental biology. In addition, they will discuss the current synthesis in the pattern and mechanism of the co-evolution of life and environment in several key transitions, from the interdisciplinary perspectives. 

This session is sponsored by:

National Natural Science Foundation of China, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Yunnan University