Key Laboratory of Stratigraphy and Palaeontology

Ministry of Natural Resources

Dr. Ben Yang

Associate Professor



Birthdate     Aug. 1985


Research Interests

Palaeontology, Taxonomy, Stratigraphy and palaeobiogeography of the Ediacaran early Cambrian skeletal fossils.

Education and work experiences

2014.10- Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences;

2010.09- 2014.08 PhD: Department of Earth Sciences, Freie Universität Berlin

2008.09-2010.07 Graduate: Shandong University of Science and Technology (SDUST)

2007.08-2008.07 Volunteer: National project “Serving the West China— College Graduate Volunteer Program”, Xinjiang Province, China

2003.09-2007.07 Undergraduate: Shandong University of Science and Technology


Yang, B. *, Warren, L.V., Steiner, M., Smith, E.F., Liu, P., 2021. Taxonomic revision of Ediacaran tubular fossils: Cloudina, Sinotubulites and Conotubus. Journal of Paleontology, 1-18.

Yang, B.*, Steiner, M., 2021. Terreneuvian bio- and chemostratigraphy of the South Sichuan Region (South China). J Geol Soc London, jgs2020-2167.

Yang, B.*, Steiner*, M., Schiffbauer, J.D., Selly, T., Wu, X., Zhang, C., Liu, P., 2020. Ultrastructure of Ediacaran cloudinids suggests diverse taphonomic histories and affinities with non-biomineralized annelids. Scientific Reports 10, 535.

杨犇*, 尚晓冬, Steiner, M., 刘鹏举, 2020. 湖北神农架地区埃迪卡拉纪管状化石及其地层意义. 地层学杂志 44, 448-454.

Yang, B., Steiner, M., Zhu, M., Li, G., Liu, J., Liu, P., 2016. Transitional Ediacaran–Cambrian small skeletal fossil assemblages from South China and Kazakhstan: Implications for chronostratigraphy and metazoan evolution. Precambrian Research 285, 202-215.

Yang, B., Steiner, M., Keupp, H., 2015. Early Cambrian palaeobiogeography of the Zhenba–Fangxian Block (South China): Independent terrane or part of the Yangtze Platform? Gondwana Research 28, 1543-1565.

Yang, B., Steiner, M., Li, G., Keupp, H., 2014. Terreneuvian small shelly faunas of East Yunnan (South China) and their biostratigraphic implications. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 398, 28-58.

Yang, B., Zhang, L., Danelian, T., Feng, Q., Steiner, M., 2014. Chert-hosted small shelly fossils: expanded tool of biostratigraphy in the early Cambrian. GFF 136, 303-308.

Steiner, M., Yang, B., Hohl, S., Li, D., Donoghue, P., 2021. Exceptionally preserved early Cambrian bilaterian developmental stages from Mongolia. Nature Communications 12, 1037.

Steiner, M., Hohl, S.V., Yang, B., Huang, X., Li, D., 2021. Rewriting the Cambrian biogeography of the Central Asian Orogenic Belt using combined faunal cluster, zircon age and C isotope analysis. Geophysical Research Letters 48, e2021GL093133.

Steiner, M., Yang, B., Hohl, S., Zhang, L., Chang, S., 2020. Cambrian small skeletal fossil and carbon isotope records of the southern Huangling Anticline, Hubei (China) and implications for chemostratigraphy of the Yangtze Platform. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 554, 109817.

Selly, T., Schiffbauer, J.D., Jacquet, S.M., Smith, E.F., Nelson, L.L., Andreasen, B.D., Huntley, J.W., Strange, M.A., O’Neil, G.R., Thater, C.A., Bykova, N., Steiner, M., Yang, B., Cai, Y., 2020. A new cloudinid fossil assemblage from the terminal Ediacaran of Nevada, USA. Journal of Systematic Palaeontology 18, 357-379.

Sun, X., Heubeck, C., Steiner, M., Yang, B., 2019. Environmental setting of the Cambrian Terreneuvian rocks from the southwestern Yangtze Platform, South China. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology, 109424.

Dai, T., Zhang, X.L., Peng, S.C., Yang, B., 2019. Enrolment and trunk segmentation of a Cambrian eodiscoid trilobite. Lethaia, 502-512.

Wang, D., Ling, H.-F., Struck, U., Zhu, X.-K., Zhu, MY., He, TC., Yang, B., Gamper, A., Shields, G.A., 2018. Coupling of ocean redox and animal evolution during the Ediacaran-Cambrian transition. Nature Communications 9, 2575.

Shang, X., Liu, P., Yang, B., Chen, S., Wang, C., 2016. Ecology and phylogenetic affinity of the early Cambrian tubular microfossil Megathrix longus. Palaeontology 59, 13-28.

Liu, P., Li, X., Chen, S., Lan, Z., Yang, B., Shang, X., Yin, C., 2015. New SIMS U–Pb zircon age and its constraint on the beginning of the Nantuo glaciation. Science Bulletin 60, 958-963.