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60th anniversary celebration - Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology

The breadth of palaeontological and stratigraphical research carried out at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology is unparalleled; its strengths include studies of the early evolution of life, palaeobotany, ecosystem reconstruction, the transition from sea-based to land-based life forms, mass extinctions, and the co-evolution of life and environment. The institute now has 160 faculty and staff members, including experts for nearly every type of invertebrate animal and plant fossil. In addition to its stellar faculty, the institute boasts the largest professional library for palaeontology and stratigraphy in Asia, with journal collections dating back to the 1770s; a collection of 160,000 type specimens (fossils that define a species or subspecies); and a research station in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.

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