International Forum in Yunnan Focuses on Cooperation on Chengjiang Biota

Xinhua Silk Road: Forum held in SW China Yunnan's Yuxi to deepen international cooperation on Chengjiang Biota

BEIJING, July 5, 2024 — The “40th Anniversary, Discovery of Chengjiang Biota — International Palaeontological Forum” began on July 2 in Chengjiang, Yuxi, Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, and will continue until July 6.

The photo shows the site of the 40th Anniversary, Discovery of Chengjiang Biota -- International Palaeontological Forum. (Source:

This international forum aims to reflect on cooperative accomplishments in recent years, exchange experiences, and anticipate future directions. By harnessing the strengths of domestic and international research institutions, the forum seeks to deepen global cooperation in scientific research.

Experts and scholars from China, the United Kingdom, the United States, the Republic of Korea and Switzerland, have participated in the forum. A total of 39 oral presentations and six academic posters will be showcased, focusing on domestic and international research achievements in life evolution during the early Cambrian Age.

Located on the shores of Fuxian Lake in the central part of Yunnan Province, the Chengjiang Biota is recognized as a “world-class treasure trove for fossils”. On July 1, 2012, the Chengjiang Biota was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List, becoming China’s first and Asia’s only fossil world natural heritage site.

To date, more than 20 phyla and over 300 species of rare Cambrian fossils have been discovered in the Chengjiang Biota, with 80 percent of them being new species. The Chengjiang Fossil Site World Natural Heritage Museum now houses a collection of over 60,000 specimens.

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