Pliocene flora and paleoenvironment of Zanda Basin, Tibet, China
Huang, Jian1,2; Su, Tao1,2; Li, Shufeng1,2; Wu, Feixiang2,4,5; Deng, Tao2,4,5; Zhou, Zhekun1,2,3
Corresponding AuthorZhou, Zhekun(
AbstractThis paper describes a plant megafossil assemblage from the Pliocene strata of Xiangzi, Zanda Basin in the western Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Twenty-one species belonging to 12 genera and 10 families were identified. Studies show that the Pliocene vegetation in Zanda Basin was mostly deciduous shrub composed of Cotoneaster, Spiraea, Caragana, Hippophae, Rhododendron, Potentilla fruticosa, etc. Leaf sizes of these taxa were generally small. Paleoclimate reconstruction using Coexistence Analysis and CLAMP showed that this area had higher temperature and precipitation in the Pliocene than today, and distinct seasonal precipitation variability was established. The reconstructed paleoelevation of Zanda Basin in the Pliocene was similar to modern times. In the context of central Asian aridification, the gradual drought in the area beginning in the late Cenozoic caused vegetation to transition from shrub to desert, and the flora composition also changed.
KeywordQinghai-Tibet Plateau Cenozoic Pliocene Plant fossils Paleovegetation Paleoclimate Environmental change
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Corresponding AuthorZhou, Zhekun
Affiliation1.Chinese Acad Sci, Xishuangbanna Trop Bot Garden, CAS Key Lab Trop Forest Ecol, Xishuangbanna 666303, Peoples R China
2.Univ Chinese Acad Sci, Beijing 100049, Peoples R China
3.Chinese Acad Sci, Kunming Inst Bot, Kunming 650201, Yunnan, Peoples R China
4.Chinese Acad Sci, Inst Vertebrate Paleontol & Paleoanthropol, Beijing 100044, Peoples R China
5.Chinese Acad Sci, Ctr Excellence Life & Paleoenvironm, Beijing 100044, Peoples R China
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Huang, Jian,Su, Tao,Li, Shufeng,et al. Pliocene flora and paleoenvironment of Zanda Basin, Tibet, China[J]. SCIENCE CHINA-EARTH SCIENCES,2019,63(2):12.
APA Huang, Jian,Su, Tao,Li, Shufeng,Wu, Feixiang,Deng, Tao,&Zhou, Zhekun.(2019).Pliocene flora and paleoenvironment of Zanda Basin, Tibet, China.SCIENCE CHINA-EARTH SCIENCES,63(2),12.
MLA Huang, Jian,et al."Pliocene flora and paleoenvironment of Zanda Basin, Tibet, China".SCIENCE CHINA-EARTH SCIENCES 63.2(2019):12.
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