Curr Biol 2021 Jun 12. Epub 2021 Jun 12.
Key Laboratory of Vertebrate Evolution and Human Origins of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100044, China; CAS Center for Excellence in Life and Paleoenvironment, Beijing 100044, China; University of Chinese Academy of Sciences, Beijing 100049, China. Electronic address:
The Silurian Period occupies a pivotal stage in the unfolding of key evolutionary events, including the rise of jawed vertebrates. However, the understanding of this early diversification is often hampered by the patchy nature of the Silurian fossil record, with the articulated specimens of jawed vertebrates only known in isolated localities, most notably Qujing, Yunnan, China. Here, we report a new Silurian maxillate placoderm, Bianchengichthys micros, from the Ludlow of Chongqing, with a near-complete dermatoskeleton preserved in articulation. Read More