Obituary – Professor ZHANG Wentang (1925-2013)

We are sad to announce the death of Prof. Zhang Wentang, a well-known palaeontologist and geologist, and a research professor at the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology (NIGP). Prof. Zhang died in Nanjing on October 20, 2013 having enjoyed good health until he passed away peacefully during a nap after lunch.

Prof. Zhang was born in Henan Province on January 10, 1925. He graduated from the Geology Department of Peking University in July 1948, and started his career as a stratigrapher and palaeontologist in the Institute of Geology of the Central Institution of Kuomintang (KMT) Government. He has been a research scientist at NIGP since the establishment of NIGP in 1951, and he dedicated more than 60 years of his career to working on the Cambrian stratigraphy, trilobites and other related fields. He was a titular member of the International Subcommission on Cambrian System (ISCS) for many years, and was a member of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature based in London. He was also one of the editors of the revised trilobite volumes of the Treatise, responsible for the revision of several trilobite superfamilies.

Prof. Zhang’s death is a tremendous loss for the palaeontological, stratigraphical, and geological communities in China and worldwide.
Prof. Zhang will be alive in our hearts for ever.

Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology,
Chinese Academy of Sciences

October 21, 2013

Palaeocast Episode 19: The Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event

Palaeocast published an interview with Prof. David Harper of Durham University, UK, about the Ordovician System and the Great Ordovician Biodiversification Event. Check it out at

Paleocast website

Ordovician News No 30 now available

on_coverTo all friends of the Ordovician,

The Ordovician News No. 30 (for 2012) has been compiled and is available for download. Many thanks to all who contributed. I hope you will find this issue informative and useful.
If I have omitted any reports, or have made some other error in my compilation, please inform me and I will fix this up.

Ian Percival, Secretary of ISOS

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IGCP 591 Annual Meeting 2014

IGCP 591: Early to Middle Paleozoic Revolution
4th Annual Meeting
June 10–19, 2014, Estonia

The 4th Annual Meeting of IGCP 591 will be hosted in Estonia, between June 10-19, 2014. The scientific sessions in Tartu will be preceded and followed by two geological excursions to study the lower Paleozoic carbonate succession of Estonia.

The 2014 annual theme of IGCP 591 targets Evolutionary paleoecology and paleobiogeography, however, the annual meeting will not be limited to these topics. A broad range of contributions on Early to Mid Paleozoic geology are expected, from paleontology and stratigraphy to geochemistry, paleogeography and climate modeling.

The meeting will be organized jointly by the Department of Geology, University of Tartu and Institute of Geology, Tallinn University of Technology, with the support from the Geological Society of Estonia and IGCP 591.

More information is available on the conference website: and in the First Circular.


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IGCP 591 Field Workshop (China, 2014)

The 2014 Field Workshop of IGCP 591 held jointly with ISOS and ISCS will be hosted by the Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and the Yunnan Key Laboratory of Palaeontology, Yunnan University. Its formal theme will be ‘Global Events and their relationships in the Early to Middle Paleozoic’. The meeting is scheduled tentatively for August 18-28, 2014. The scientific sessions in Kunming will be followed by a field excursion from northeastern Yunnan (western South China paleoplate) to western Yunnan (Indochina and Sibumasu paleoplates).

The meeting in Kunming will include two days of indoor scientific sessions for delegates to present their most recent research, and a day trip to the world-renowned Chengjiang Biota site, about 60 km east of Kunming.

See details and pre-registration form in the First Circular.

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