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Palaeoecology Research Group
Author: Zhou Zhekun
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Head of the Group: Dr.SU Tao 


Website: http://prg-en.groups.xtbg.ac.cn/introduction/ 

E-mail: sutao@xtbg.org.cn  

Tel: 86 871-65178133 




The Paleoecology Group at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (XTBG), Chinese Academy of Sciences, one of the most renowned Chinese botanical institutions in Ecology and Botany, focuses on the global change in deep time. By using both fossil and living plant materials, the group studies paleoenvironmental changes during the Cenozoic Era and their impacts on paleobiodiversity and paleoecology. Currently, we are working on the paleoenvironmental changes in southwestern China, with special attention to the eastern part of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. More than ten Neogene fossil sites in this region have been excavated, yielding thousands of well-preserved fossil plants. The following four topics are our main research themes: 

1) Phylogeny and palaeobiogeography of plants. Our collections from the Hengduan Mountains and Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau consist of more than five thousand fossil specimens with fine preservation. These fossils represent leaves, fruits (seeds), flowers, as well as wood, ranging from ferns, gymnosperms to angiosperms. 

2) Paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Based on modern plants, we set up models for paleoenvironmental reconstructions. Using these models, fossil plants serve as proxies to quantitatively reconstruct paleoenvironments, including paleoclimate, paleovegetation, paleotopography, and paleoaltimetry. 

3) Paleobiodiversity changes in response to paleoenvironmental changes. Based on fossil floras and representative plant taxa, we explore the biodiversity response to past environmental changes. 

4) Paleo-CO2. Several living species with a continuous fossil record are sued to reconstruct the link between leaf micromorphological features (stomata density and index) and atmospheric CO2 concentration. The paleo-CO2 concentrations can then be reconstructed based on these relationships and cuticles of fossil plants. 


Research Projects


2016.01-2019.12 Evolution and extinction of some plants and their response to Asian monsoon climate. NSFC,No.U1502231. 

2015.7-2018.6 The Miocene palaeofire reconstruction in Wenshan Basin, Yunnan Province. The Foundation of the State Key Laboratory of Paleobiology and Stratigraphy, Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences,No. 153107. 

2015.1-2018.12 The late Miocene Kajun flora from Mangkang, eastern Xizang and its paleoenvironmental reconstructions,NSFC,No.31470325 

2015.1-2017.12 The Miocene Kajun flora from Mangkang, eastern Xizang and its phylogeny and biogeography study,Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences,No. 143107. 

2014.1-2017.12  A late Miocene flora from Wenshan, southeasern Yunnan and correlation 

betwenn environment evolution and change of plant biodiversity (NSFC, No. 41372035). 

2014.1-2016.12 Reconstruction of evolutionary history of paleo-CO2 levels from Cretaceous onwards based on Metasequoia fossils (NSFC, No. 31300188). 

2013.1-2016.12 Miocene wood fossils and paleoenvironment in Nanfeng, Yunnan (NSFC, No. 41272007). 

2011.1-2014.12 Neogene floras and climatic evolution in Hengduan Mt. (NSFC, No. 41030212). 

2012.1-2015.12 Evolution and environment changes since plants landed (973 project, No. 2012CB821901) . 

2012.1-2014.12 The evolution of insect herbivory on Quercus sect. Heterobalanus since the Pliocene (NSFC, No. 31100166). 

2012.1-2013.12 Insect herbivory on Quercus sect. Heterobalanus from the Late Pliocene Longmen flora, West Yunnan (Open Grants of State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy, No. 123106). 

2011.1-2012.12 Leaf stomata parameters of and in response to CO2 pressure and its applications for paleoaltitude reconstructions (Open Grants of State Key Laboratory of Loess and Quaternary Geology, No. SKLLQG1014). 

Selected Publications 


    1.         Panthi S, Brauning A, Zhou ZK, Fan ZX: Growth response of Abies georgei to climate increases with elevation in the central Hengduan Mountains, southwestern ChinaDendrochronologia 2018, 47:1-9. 

2.         Linnemann U, Su T, Kunzmann L, Spicer RA, Ding WN, Spicer TEV, Zieger J, Hofmann M, Moraweck K, Gartner A et alNew U-Pb dates show a Paleogene origin for the modern Asian biodiversity hot spotsGeology 2018, 46(1):3-6. 

3.         Liang XQ, Lu P, Zhang JW, Su T, Zhou ZK: First fossils of Zygogynum from the Middle Miocene of Central Yunnan, Southwest China, and their palaeobiogeographic significancePalaeoworld 2018, 27(3):399-409. 

4.         Huang HS, Su T, Zhou ZK: Fossil leaves of Buxus (Buxaceae) from the Upper Pliocene of Yunnan, SW ChinaPalaeoworld 2018, 27(2):271-281. 

5.         Engel MS, Wang B, Alqarni AS, Jia LB, Su T, Zhou ZK, Wappler T: A primitive honey bee from the Middle Miocene deposits of southeastern Yunnan, China (Hymenoptera, Apidae)Zookeys 2018(775):117-129. 

6.         Ding WN, Kunzmann L, Su T, Huang J, Zhou ZK: A new fossil species of Cryptomeria (Cupressaceae) from the Rupelian of the Luhe Basin, Yunnan, East Asia: Implications for palaeobiogeography and palaeoecologyReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2018, 248:41-51. 

7.         Ding WN, Huang J, Su T, Xing YW, Zhou ZK: An early Oligocene occurrence of the palaeoendemic genus Dipteronia (Sapindaceae) from Southwest ChinaReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2018, 249:16-23. 

8.         Xu CL, Huang J, Su T, Zhang XC, Li SF, Zhou ZK: The first megafossil record of Goniophlebium (Polypodiaceae) from the Middle Miocene of Asia and its paleoecological implicationsPalaeoworld 2017, 26(3):543-552. 

9.         Tiwari A, Fan ZX, Jump AS, Zhou ZK: Warming induced growth decline of Himalayan birch at its lower range edge in a semi-arid region of Trans-Himalaya, central NepalPlant Ecology 2017, 218(5):621-633. 

10.       Tiwari A, Fan ZX, Jump AS, Li SF, Zhou ZK: Gradual expansion of moisture sensitive Abies spectabilis forest in the Trans-Himalayan zone of central Nepal associated with climate changeDendrochronologia 2017, 41:34-43. 

11.       Panthi S, Brauning A, Zhou ZK, Fan ZX: Tree rings reveal recent intensified spring drought in the central Himalaya, NepalGlobal and Planetary Change 2017, 157:26-34. 

12.       Meng HH, Su T, Gao XY, Li J, Jiang XL, Sun H, Zhou ZK: Warm-cold colonization: response of oaks to uplift of the Himalaya-Hengduan MountainsMolecular Ecology 2017, 26(12):3276-3294. 

13.       Liang XQ, Lu P, Tiwari A, Su T, Zhou ZK: New fossil record of Cladium (Cyperaceae) from the Middle Miocene of Zhenyuan, SW China, and the palaeobiogeographical history of the genusReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2017, 237:1-9. 

14.       Li SF, Hughes AC, Su T, Anberree JL, Oskolski AA, Sun M, Ferguson DK, Zhou ZK: Fire dynamics under monsoonal climate in Yunnan, SW China: past, present and futurePalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2017, 465:168-176. 

15.       Kang HB, Oskolski AA, Jacques FMB, Wang YH, Zhou ZK: Lignified woods of Pinus (Pinaceae) from the late Miocene of central Yunnan, China, and their biogeographic and paleoclimatic implicationsPalaeoworld 2017, 26(3):553-565. 

16.       Jia LB, Huang YJ, Sun H, Su T, Huang J, Zhou ZK: First fossil of Pterolobium (Leguminosae) from the Middle Miocene Yunnan, South ChinaReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2017, 242:21-32. 

17.       Huang YJ, Ji XP, Su T, Deng CL, Ferguson DK, Yu TS, Yang X, Sun H, Zhou ZK: Habitat, climate and potential plant food resources for the late Miocene Shuitangba hominoid in Southwest China: Insights from carpological remainsPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2017, 470:63-71. 

18.       Huang J, Shi GL, Su T, Zhou ZK: Miocene Exbucklandia (Hamamelidaceae) from Yunnan, China and its biogeographic and palaeoecologic implicationsReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2017, 244:96-106. 

19.       Zhu H, Huang YJ, Ji XP, Su T, Zhou ZK: Continuous existence of Zanthoxylum (Rutaceae) in Southwest China since the MioceneQuaternary International 2016, 392:224-232. 

20.       Xu H, Su T, Zhang ST, Deng M, Zhou ZK: The first fossil record of ring-cupped oak (Quercus L. subgenus Cyclobalanopsis (Oersted) Schneider) in Tibet and its paleoenvironmental implicationsPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2016, 442:61-71. 

21.       Xia K, Tan HY, Turkington R, Hu JJ, Zhou ZK: Desiccation and post-dispersal infestation of acorns of Quercus schottkyana, a dominant evergreen oak in SW ChinaPlant Ecology 2016, 217(11):1369-1378. 

22.       Xia K, Harrower WL, Turkington R, Tan HY, Zhou ZK: Pre-dispersal strategies by Quercus schottkyana to mitigate the effects of weevil infestation of acornsScientific Reports 2016, 6. 

23.       Sun M, Su T, Zhang SB, Li SF, Anberree-Lebreton J, Zhou ZK: Variations in Leaf Morphological Traits of Quercus guyavifolia (Fagaceae) were Mainly Influenced by Water and Ultraviolet Irradiation at High Elevations on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, ChinaInternational Journal of Agriculture and Biology 2016, 18(2):266-273. 

24.       Su T, Huang YJ, Meng J, Zhang ST, Huang J, Zhou ZK: A Miocene leaf fossil record of Rosa (R-fortuita n. sp.) from its modern diversity center in SW ChinaPalaeoworld 2016, 25(1):104-115. 

25.       Lu J, Turkington R, Zhou ZK: The effects of litter quantity and quality on soil nutrients and litter invertebrates in the understory of two forests in southern ChinaPlant Ecology 2016, 217(11):1415-1428. 

26.       Liang XQ, Ferguson DK, Su T, Zhou ZK: Fossil leaves of Populus from the Middle Miocene of Yunnan, SW ChinaJournal of Systematics and Evolution 2016, 54(3):264-271. 

27.       Liang XQ, Ferguson DK, Jacques FMB, Su T, Wang L, Zhou ZK: A new Celastrus species from the middle Miocene of Yunnan, China and its palaeoclimatic and palaeobiogeographic implicationsReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2016, 225:43-52. 

28.       Li SF, Jacques FMB, Spicer RA, Su T, Spicer TEV, Yang J, Zhou ZK: Artificial neural networks reveal a high-resolution climatic signal in leaf physiognomyPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2016, 442:1-11. 

29.       Lebreton-Anberree J, Li SH, Li SF, Spicer RA, Zhang ST, Su T, Deng CL, Zhou ZK: Lake geochemistry reveals marked environmental change in Southwest China during the Mid Miocene Climatic OptimumScience Bulletin 2016, 61(11):897-910. 

30.       Huang J, Su T, Lebereton-Anberree J, Zhang ST, Zhou ZK: The oldest Mahonia (Berberidaceae) fossil from East Asia and its biogeographic implicationsJournal of Plant Research 2016, 129(2):209-223. 

31.       Hu JJ, Luo CC, Turkington R, Zhou ZK: Effects of herbivores and litter on Lithocarpus hancei seed germination and seedling survival in the understorey of a high diversity forest in SW ChinaPlant Ecology 2016, 217(11):1429-1440. 

32.       Zhu H, Jacques FMB, Wang L, Xiao XH, Huang YJ, Zhou ZK: Fossil endocarps of Aralia (Araliaceae) from the upper Pliocene of Yunnan in southwest China, and their biogeographical implicationsReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2015, 223:94-103. 

33.       Zhou ZK, Jiang Y, Wang Z, Gou ZH, Lyu J, Li WY, Yu YJ, Shu LP, Zhao YJ, Ma YM et alResequencing 302 wild and cultivated accessions identifies genes related to domestication and improvement in soybeanNature Biotechnology 2015, 33(4):408-U125. 

34.       Zhang JW, D'Rozario A, Adams JM, Liang XQ, Jacques FMB, Su T, Zhou ZK: The occurrence of Pinus massoniana Lambert (Pinaceae) from the upper Miocene of Yunnan, SW China and its implications for paleogeography and paleoclimateReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2015, 215:57-67. 


36.       Yang J, Spicer RA, Spicer TEV, Arens NC, Jacques FMB, Su T, Kennedy EM, Herman AB, Steart DC, Srivastava G et alLeaf form-climate relationships on the global stage: an ensemble of charactersGlobal Ecology and Biogeography 2015, 24(10):1113-1125. 

37.       Xu QQ, Qiu J, Jin JH, Zhou ZK: Eocene Podocarpium (Leguminosae) from South China and its biogeographic implications (vol 6, 938, 2015)Frontiers in Plant Science 2015, 6. 

38.       Xia K, Daws MI, Zhou ZK, Pritchard HW: Habitat-linked temperature requirements for fruit germination in Quercus species: A comparative study of Quercus subgenus Cyclobalanopsis (Asian evergreen oaks) and Quercus subgenus QuercusSouth African Journal of Botany 2015, 100:108-113. 

39.       Wang YQ, Momohara A, Wang L, Lebreton-Anberree J, Zhou ZK: Evolutionary History of Atmospheric CO2 during the Late Cenozoic from Fossilized Metasequoia NeedlesPlos One 2015, 10(7). 

40.       Wang HB, Bondarenko OV, Jacques FMB, Wang YH, Zhou ZK: A New Species of Tsuga (Pinaceae) based on Lignified Wood from the Late Miocene of Central Yunnan, China, and Its Paleoenvironmental ImplicationsActa Geologica Sinica-English Edition 2015, 89(5):1429-1439. 

41.       Su T, Wilf P, Huang YJ, Zhang ST, Zhou ZK: Peaches Preceded Humans: Fossil Evidence from SW ChinaScientific Reports 2015, 5. 

42.       Su T, Adams JM, Wappler T, Huang YJ, Jacques FMB, Liu YS, Zhou ZK: Resilience of plant-insect interactions in an oak lineage through Quaternary climate changePaleobiology 2015, 41(1):174-186. 

43.       Meng HH, Su T, Huang YJ, Zhu H, Zhou ZK: Late Miocene Palaeocarya (Engelhardieae: Juglandaceae) from Southwest China and its biogeographic implicationsJournal of Systematics and Evolution 2015, 53(6):499-511. 

44.       Li YJ, Oskolski AA, Jacques FMB, Zhou ZK: NEW MIDDLE MIOCENE FOSSIL WOOD OF WATARIA (MALVACEAE) FROM SOUTHWEST CHINAIawa Journal 2015, 36(3):345-357. 

45.       Li SF, Mao LM, Spicer RA, Lebreton-Anberree J, Su T, Sun M, Zhou ZK: Late Miocene vegetation dynamics under monsoonal climate in southwestern ChinaPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2015, 425:14-40. 

46.       Jia LB, Manchester SR, Su T, Xing YW, Chen WY, Huang YJ, Zhou ZK: First occurrence of Cedrelospermum (Ulmaceae) in Asia and its biogeographic implicationsJournal of Plant Research 2015, 128(5):747-761. 

47.       Jacques FMB, Shi GL, Su T, Zhou ZK: A tropical forest of the middle Miocene of Fujian (SE China) reveals Sino-Indian biogeographic affinitiesReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2015, 216:76-91. 

48.       Huang YJ, Ji XP, Su T, Wang L, Deng CL, Li WQ, Luo HF, Zhou ZK: Fossil seeds of Euryale (Nymphaeaceae) indicate a lake or swamp environment in the late Miocene Zhaotong Basin of southwestern ChinaScience Bulletin 2015, 60(20):1768-1777. 

49.       Huang YJ, Jacques FMB, Su T, Ferguson DK, Tang H, Chen WY, Zhou ZK: Distribution of Cenozoic plant relicts in China explained by drought in dry seasonScientific Reports 2015, 5. 

50.       Huang YJ, Jacques FMB, Liu YSC, Su T, Ferguson DK, Xing YW, Zhou ZK: Rubus (Rosaceae) diversity in the late Pliocene of Yunnan, southwestern ChinaGeobios 2015, 48(6):439-448. 

51.       Huang YJ, Chen WY, Jacques FMB, Liu YSC, Utescher T, Su T, Ferguson DK, Zhou ZK: Late Pliocene temperatures and their spatial variation at the southeastern border of the Qinghai-Tibet PlateauJournal of Asian Earth Sciences 2015, 111:44-53. 

52.       Hu JJ, Xing YW, Turkington R, Jacques FMB, Su T, Huang YJ, Zhou ZK: A new positive relationship between pCO(2) and stomatal frequency in Quercus guyavifolia (Fagaceae): a potential proxy for palaeo-CO2 levelsAnnals of Botany 2015, 115(5):777-788. 


54.       Zhang MG, Zhou ZK, Chen WY, Cannon CH, Raes N, Slik JWF: Major declines of woody plant species ranges under climate change in Yunnan, ChinaDiversity and Distributions 2014, 20(4):405-415. 

55.       Xiang XG, Wang W, Li RQ, Lin L, Liu Y, Zhou ZK, Li ZY, Chen ZD: Large-scale phylogenetic analyses reveal fagalean diversification promoted by the interplay of diaspores and environments in the PaleogenePerspectives in Plant Ecology Evolution and Systematics 2014, 16(3):101-110. 


57.       Meng HH, Jacques FMB, Su T, Huang YJ, Zhang ST, Ma HJ, Zhou ZK: New Biogeographic insight into Bauhinia s.l. (Leguminosae): integration from fossil records and molecular analysesBmc Evolutionary Biology 2014, 14. 

58.       Jacques FMB, Su T, Spicer RA, Xing YW, Huang YJ, Zhou ZK: Late Miocene southwestern Chinese floristic diversity shaped by the southeastern uplift of the Tibetan PlateauPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2014, 411:208-215. 

59.       Hu Q, Xing YW, Hu JJ, Huang YJ, Ma HJ, Zhou ZK: Evolution of stomatal and trichome density of the Quercus delavayi complex since the late MioceneChinese Science Bulletin 2014, 59(3):310-319. 

60.       Chen WY, Su T, Adams JM, Jacques FMB, Ferguson DK, Zhou ZK: Large-scale dataset from China gives new insights into leaf margin-temperature relationshipsPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2014, 402:73-80. 

61.       Xing YW, Liu YSC, Su T, Jacques FMB, Zhou ZK: A new Tsuga species from the upper Miocene of Yunnan, southwestern China and its palaeogeographic significancePalaeoworld 2013, 22(3-4):159-167. 

62.       Xing YW, Hu JJ, Jacques FMB, Wang L, Su T, Huang YJ, Liu YS, Zhou ZK: A new Quercus species from the upper Miocene of southwestern China and its ecological significanceReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2013, 193:99-109. 

63.       Wang WM, Zhou ZK: Neogene climate evolution in Eastern Eurasia with special reference to floral changes under the influence of monsoonPalaeoworld 2013, 22(3-4):73-76. 

64.       Wang L, Jacques FMB, Su T, Xing YW, Zhang ST, Zhou ZK: The earliest fossil bamboos of China (middle Miocene, Yunnan) and their biogeographical importanceReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2013, 197:253-265. 

65.       Su T, Spicer RA, Liu YS, Huang YJ, Xing YW, Jacques FMB, Chen WY, Zhou ZK: Regional constraints on leaf physiognomy and precipitation regression models: a case study from ChinaBulletin of Geosciences 2013, 88(3):595-608. 

66.       Su T, Liu YS, Jacques FMB, Huang YJ, Xing YW, Zhou ZK: The intensification of the East Asian winter monsoon contributed to the disappearance of Cedrus (Pinaceae) in southwestern ChinaQuaternary Research 2013, 80(2):316-325. 

67.       Su T, Jacques FMB, Spicer RA, Liu YS, Huang YJ, Xing YW, Zhou ZK: Post-Pliocene establishment of the present monsoonal climate in SW China: evidence from the late Pliocene Longmen megafloraClimate of the Past 2013, 9(4):1911-1920. 

68.       Su T, Jacques FMB, Ma HJ, Zhou ZK: Fossil fruits of Ailanthus confucii from the Upper Miocene of Wenshan, Yunnan Province, southwestern ChinaPalaeoworld 2013, 22(3-4):153-158. 

69.       Jacques FMB, Su T, Zhou ZK: The first fossil Microsoroid fern (Palaeosorum ellipticum gen. et sp nov.) from the middle Miocene of Yunnan, SW ChinaJournal of Systematics and Evolution 2013, 51(6):758-764. 

70.       Jacques FMB, Su T, Huang YJ, Wang L, Zhou ZK: A global-scale test for monsoon indices used in palaeoclimatic reconstructionPalaeoworld 2013, 22(3-4):93-100. 

71.       Huang YJ, Liu YS, Jacques FMB, Su T, Xing YW, Zhou ZK: First discovery of Cucubalus (Caryophyllaceae) fossil, and its biogeographical and ecological implicationsReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2013, 190:41-47. 

72.       Zhang MG, Zhou ZK, Chen WY, Slik JWF, Cannon CH, Raes N: Using species distribution modeling to improve conservation and land use planning of Yunnan, ChinaBiological Conservation 2012, 153:257-264. 

73.       Yu WT, Jacques FMB, Chen ST, Zhou ZK: Nutlet micro-morphology of the genus Microula (Boraginaceae) from the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, and its systematic implicationsNordic Journal of Botany 2012, 30(5):596-612. 

74.       Xing YW, Utescher T, Jacques FMB, Su T, Liu Y, Huang YJ, Zhou ZK: Paleoclimatic estimation reveals a weak winter monsoon in southwestern China during the late Miocene: Evidence from plant macrofossilsPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2012, 358:19-26. 

75.       Xia K, Daws MI, Stuppy W, Zhou ZK, Pritchard HW: Rates of Water Loss and Uptake in Recalcitrant Fruits of Quercus Species Are Determined by Pericarp AnatomyPlos One 2012, 7(10). 

76.       Xia K, Daws MI, Hay FR, Chen WY, Zhou ZK, Pritchard HW: A comparative study of desiccation responses of seeds of Asian Evergreen Oaks, Quercus subgenus Cyclobalanopsis and Quercus subgenus QuercusSouth African Journal of Botany 2012, 78:47-54. 

77.       Pu CX, Chen WY, Zhou ZK: Elsholtzia litangensis sp nov (Lamiaceae) endemic to ChinaNordic Journal of Botany 2012, 30(2):174-177. 

78.       Huang YJ, Jacques FMB, Liu YS, Su T, Xing YW, Xiao XH, Zhou ZK: New fossil endocarps of Sambucus (Adoxaceae) from the upper Pliocene in SW ChinaReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2012, 171:152-163. 

79.       Guo SX, Kvacek Z, Manchester SR, Zhou ZK: Ditaxocladus (extinct Cupressaceae, Cupressoideae) from the Upper Cretaceous and Paleocene of the Northern HemispherePalaeontographica Abteilung B-Palaophytologie 2012, 288(5-6):135-159. 

80.       Chen ST, Xing YW, Su T, Zhou ZK, Dilcher EDL, Soltis DE: Phylogeographic analysis reveals significant spatial genetic structure of Incarvillea sinensis as a product of mountain buildingBmc Plant Biology 2012, 12. 

81.       Yu WT, Chen ST, Zhou ZK: Microula pentagona sp nov and M-galactantha sp nov (Boraginaceae) from the eastern Qinghai-Tibetan PlateauNordic Journal of Botany 2011, 29(2):215-220. 

82.       Yang QS, Te M, Gao JG, Zhou ZK: Original plant of Tibetan popular flower Skal-bzang Me-tog; 2011. 

83.       Su T, Jacques FMB, Liu YS, Xiang JY, Xing YW, Huang YJ, Zhou ZK: A new Drynaria (Polypodiaceae) from the Upper Pliocene of Southwest ChinaReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2011, 164(1-2):132-142. 

84.       Liu YS, Utescher T, Zhou ZK, Sun BN: The evolution of Miocene climates in North China: Preliminary results of quantitative reconstructions from plant fossil recordsPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2011, 304(3-4):308-317. 

85.       Jacques FMB, Wang W, Ortiz RD, Li HL, Zhou ZK, Chen ZD: Integrating fossils in a molecular-based phylogeny and testing them as calibration points for divergence time estimates in MenispermaceaeJournal of Systematics and Evolution 2011, 49(1):25-49. 

86.       Jacques FMB, Su T, Spicer RA, Xing YW, Huang YJ, Wang WM, Zhou ZK: Leaf physiognomy and climate: Are monsoon systems different? Global and Planetary Change 2011, 76(1-2):56-62. 

87.       Jacques FMB, Liu CYS, Martinetto E, Zhou ZK: Revised taxonomy of selected fossil endocarp species in the Menispermaceae using a morphometric approachGeodiversitas 2011, 33(1):177-197. 

88.       Jacques FMB, Guo SX, Su T, Xing YW, Huang YJ, Liu YS, Ferguson DK, Zhou ZK: Quantitative reconstruction of the Late Miocene monsoon climates of southwest China: A case study of the Lincang flora from Yunnan ProvincePalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2011, 304(3-4):318-327. 

89.       Yang Y, Zhou ZK: New insights into the species problemScience China-Life Sciences 2010, 53(8):964-972. 

90.       Xing YW, Liu YS, Su T, Jacques FMB, Zhou ZK: Pinus prekesiya sp nov from the upper Miocene of Yunnan, southwestern China and its biogeographical implicationsReview of Palaeobotany and Palynology 2010, 160(1-2):1-9. 

91.       Xia K, Seal CE, Chen WY, Zhou ZK, Pritchard HW: Fruit oil contents of the genus Quercus (Fagaceae): A comparative study on acorns of subgenus Quercus and the Asian subgenus CyclobalanopsisSeed Science and Technology 2010, 38(1):136-145. 

92.       Su T, Xing YW, Liu YS, Jacques FMB, Chen WY, Huang YJ, Zhou ZK: LEAF MARGIN ANALYSIS: A NEW EQUATION FROM HUMID TO MESIC FORESTS IN CHINAPalaios 2010, 25(3-4):234-238. 

93.       Jacques FMB, Zhou ZK: Geometric morphometrics: A powerful tool for the study of shape evolution in Menispermaceae endocarpsTaxon 2010, 59(3):881-895. 

94.       Deng M, Zhou ZK, Coombes A: Lectotypification and New Synonymy in Quercus subg. Cyclobalanopsis (Fagaceae)Novon 2010, 20(4):400-405. 

95.       Chen ST, Gong J, Guan KY, Zhou ZK: Biodiversity Conservation of the Genus Incarvillea Juss. (Bignoniaceae) Based on Molecular Diversity and Species Richness AssessmentJournal of Plant Biology 2010, 53(6):387-394. 

96.       Ayodele AE, Zhou ZK: Scanning electron microscopy of fruits in the West African PolygonaceaeJournal of Systematics and Evolution 2010, 48(5):336-343. 

97.       Yang QS, Chen WY, Xia K, Zhou ZK: Climatic envelope of evergreen sclerophyllous oaks and their present distribution in the eastern Himalaya and Hengduan MountainsJournal of Systematics and Evolution 2009, 47(3):183-190. 

98.       Xia K, Su T, Liu YS, Xing YW, Jacques FMB, Zhou ZK: Quantitative climate reconstructions of the late Miocene Xiaolongtan megaflora from Yunnan, southwest ChinaPalaeogeography Palaeoclimatology Palaeoecology 2009, 276(1-4):80-86. 

99.       Liu MQ, Deng M, Zhou ZK: Taxonomic and ecological implications of leaf cuticular morphology in Castanopsis, Castanea, and ChrysolepisPlant Systematics and Evolution 2009, 283(1-2):111-123. 

100.     Li XX, Zhou ZK: Phylogenetic studies of the core Alismatales inferred from morphology and rbcL sequencesProgress in Natural Science-Materials International 2009, 19(8):931-945. 



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