The Key-Lab for Evolution of Past Life and Environment in Northeast Asia, Ministry of Education, China (“EPLENEA”) is a larger interdisciplinary laboratory integrating Paleontology, Geology, Molecular Biology and Bio-Archaeology. The Key-Lab is one of the main centers for research and education in China on paleontology, biological evolution, and their environmental changes. The Key-Lab mainly focuses on the biological evolution through the geological time, with major in the studies of paleontological taxonomy and evolution, paleoenvironment and fossil fuels (oil and coal), early humen being activities, and the paleo-DNA, etc. The main research areas are the NE Asia including the northern China.


     The Key-Lab consists of four research departments inclu- ding of Paleontology, Paleoenvironment and fossil fuels, Bio- Archaeology, and Paleo-DNA, with a synthetic technique lab. The Key-Lab is composed of 50 staff including 45 researchers (containing 27 Professors and 8 Associated Professors), among them 32 researchers with Ph.D. degrees (64% of the staff) . The Key-Lab is headed by Prof. Sun G., paleobotanist. Academician Prof. Liu J.Q, well-known geologist (IGG, CAS) chairs the Scientific Committee of the Lab. Vice- Chaiirmen of the Committee include Prof. D.L. Dilcher ( NAS, USA), Prof. M.Akhmetiev (Corresp. Mem., RAS), Prof. V. Mosbrugger (Germany), Prof. Gao K.Q. ( Peking Univ.,China) and Gao X. (IVPP, China). The members of bers of the Committee include Academician Prof. Wu X. Z. (anthropologist,IVPP), Prof. Zhu M.Y. (paleontologist, NIGPAS), etc. The leading scientists in the Key-Lab also include Profs. Sun C.L., Zhu H., Zhou H., Liu Z. J. and Wang P.J., who are the excellent specialists in studies of Biological evolution and their relevant researches.

     The Key-Lab shares to have four Post-doc. Stations granted by the State Council of China, including of the Paleontology & Stratigraphy, Quaternary, Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and Archaeology & Museumology. Three research bases with Ministry-level attach to the Key-Lab also. In the last two years, 36 graduates have received Ph.D. or M.Sc. degrees in the Key-Lab; 114 graduates (45 for Ph.D., 69 for M.Sc., containing 6 foreign graduates) have studied the Key-Lab; and 7 post-doc. researchers are working here. Since 2008, there are 4 graduates getting the fellowships with co-supervisions of USA, Germany, Belgium and Russia. All the research work of the Key-Lab is integrated in the Programs of “211” and “985” of the China’ Ministry of Education.


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