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Chen Jun-Yuan (born 1939.11) is an evolutionary biologist at the University of Nanjing and a Paleontologist at Nanjing Institute of Paleontology and Geology of Chinese Academy of Sciences. As a graduate of Northwest University, he was educated as a petroleum geologist (1956.09-1960.09), and then held appointment at Nanjing Inst. of Geology & Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences since 1960. He also hold appointment of many oversea guest senior scholarships including at Univ. of Rochester, NY (1981.05-1982.10); at Royal Ontario Museum, Canada (1982.10-1993.05) ; at Univ. of Stockholm, Sweden (1988.08-1989.07); and at California Institute of California .

He is best known for his work in Cambrian Cephalopods and Early Animals (especially Early Cambrian Chengjiang fossil fauna and Early Ediacaran Weng’an fauna).  He currently has devoted a major part of his professional career to developing novel understanding in evolutionary origins of vertebrates and arthropods.

Chen recently has spent the majority of his scientific career investigating the molecular and mechanistic basis of amphioxus (a living fossil representative of the first chordates) in order decoding how the complex body plan and body system of the vertebrates had evolved.

He has received many awards and honors including: National Top Award of Natural Sciences at 2003;  Academic Award of Natural Sciences at 1997 (outstanding grade), 1992 (first grade) and 1986 (second grade); 1997 Hong Kong Qiu-Shi award for Science and Technology achievement; Jiangsu Award of Natural Science; Heliang-Liliang Arward; Li Shi-Guan Award.


Chen JY 2012. Evolutionary Scenario of the Early History of the Animal Kingdon. 239-279 with 159 pls in J.A. Talent, Life and Earth. International Year of Planet Earth. Springer Press.

Chen JY 2004. The Dawn of Animal World. Jiangsu Publishing House of Science and Technology, 1-366

Chen JY & Teichert C 1983, Cambrian Cephalopoda of China. Palaeontographica, Abt. A., Bd.181, p.1-102, 19pls .

Chen JY, Zhou GQ, Zhu MY & Yeh GY, 1996, The Chengjiang Biota ¾  A Unique Window of the Cambrian Explosion. National Museum of Natural Science, Taichung, Taiwan. Chen JY 2009

Chen JY 2009. The sudden appearance of diverse animal body plans during the Cambrian explosionInter. Journ. of Developmental Biology 50733-751

Chen JY 2008. Early Crest Animals and the insight they provide into the origin of craniates. Genesis 46623-639

Li CW, Chen JY & Huai TE, 1998.  Precambrian Sponges with Cellular Structure, Science 279: 879-882.

Chen JY, Huan DY & Li CW 1999, An Early Cambrian Craniate-like Chordate. Nature 402: 518-522.

Chen JY, Olivert P, Li CW, Zhou GQ, Gao F, Hagadorn JW, Peterson KJ and Davidson E, 2000. Precambrian animal diversity: Putative phosphatized embryos from the Doushantuo Formation of China. PNAS, 97(9): 4457-4462. 

Chen JY, Ramsköld, L & Zhou GQ 1994. Evidence for Monophyly and Arthropod Affinity of Cambrian Giant Predatos. Science, 264: 1304-1308.

Chen JY, Edgecombe GD, Ramsköld L & Zhou GQ 1995. Head Segmentation in Early Cambrian Fuxianhuia: Implications for Arthropod Evolution. Science, 268: 1339-1343 .

Chen JY, Dzick J, Edgecombe GD, Ramsköld L, Zhou GQ, 1995. The earliest chordate from Early Cambrian, Yunnan, China. Nature 377: 720-722.

Holland N & Chen JY., 2001. Origin and early evolution of the vertebrates. Bio Essays 23: 142-151.

Chen JY, Schopf JWBottjer DJ, Zhang CY, Kudryavtsev AB.Tripathi AB, Wang XQ, Yang YH, Gao and Yang Y. Raman Spectra of a Lower Cambrian ctenophore embryo from SW Shaanxi, China. PNAS. 104(15): 6289-6292

Chen JY Bottjer DJ. Davidson EH, Stephen QD et al..2006. Phosphatized Polar Lobe-Forming Embryos from the Precambrian of Southwest China. Science 312: 1644-1646.

Chen JY, Bottjer DJ, Oliveri P, Dornbos SQ, Gao F, Ruffins S, Chi HM, Li CW & Davidson EH, 2004. Small Bilaterian Fossils from 40 to 55 Million Years Before the Cambrian. Science 305: 218-222

Chen JY, Oliveri P, Davidson E. & D.J. Bottjer. Response to Comment on “Small Bilaterian Fossils from 40 to 55 Million Years Before the Cambrian”. Science 3062004: 1291b

Chen JY and Huang DY 2002. A possible Lower Cambrian Chaetognath (Arrow Worm). Science 298: 197

Chen Jun-yuan, Huang Di-ying, Peng Qing-qing, Chi Hui-mei, Wang Xui-qing &Feng Man. The first tunicate from Early Cambrian of south China. PNAS 100(14)(2003): 8314-8318

Mallatt J and Chen JY 2003.. Fossil Sister Group of Craniates: Predicted and Found. Journal of Morphology 258: 1-31

Chen J-Y, Bottjer D-J, Davidson E.H et al.Synchrotron X-ray tomography of Neoproterozoic metazoan microfossils: Phylogenetic diversity and evolutionary implications. Precambrian Research.

Chen JY, Bergström J, Lindström M.& Hou XG,1991, Fossilized Soft-bodied Fauna. National Geographic Research & Exploration 7(1):8-19.

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