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author1Wenyu Zhao. Early Life Institute, State Key Laboratory of Continental Dynamics, Department of Geology, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China.

Wenyu Zhao is a PhD student of Department of geology, Northwest University in China. She is mainly engaged in the research work on the taxonomy, exceptional preservation, and the ontogeny of the trilobites from the Guanshan Biota (Cambrian Series 2, Stage 4). She is also interested in solving the palaeontological problems with the quantitative techniques and methods.

 

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author2Jianni Liu. Early Life Institute, State Key Laboratory of Continental Dynamics, Department of Geology, Northwest University, Xi’an, Shaanxi, China.

Jianni Liu is a professor of Department of geology, Northwest University in China. She is also a Humboldt scholar. She is mainly engaged in the teaching and research work in the field of Cambrian explosion and the origin and evolution of lobopodians and its related molting animals. She has systematically studied the Cambrian lobopodians and found Diania cactiformis, which is unique in the international research field of Burgess shale-type lobopodians fossils.

 

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author3Russell D.C. Bicknell. Palaeoscience Research Centre, School of Environmental and Rural Science, University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, 2351.

Russell D.C. Bicknell is a recent PhD graduate of the University of New England in Australia. While he has explored aspects of the Cambrian Explosion, and continues to uncover patterns of predation from this period of time, he has dedicated a large portion of his research to horseshoe crabs (fossil and live). He is particularly passionate about finding ways to combine traditional systematic palaeontology with geometric morphometric analyses to uncover evolutionary patterns exhibited by the group. He is also interested in using these data and patterns to support the conservation of these iconic chelicerates.

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