The research team of early life headed by Professor Shu Degan discovered ancient an lobopodian
The February 24 issue of the British Nature magazine published a cover paper stating that Dr. Liu Jianni, a young teacher from NWU, and her colleagues made another breakthrough into the research of the evolution and origin of early animals: An armoured Cambrian lobopodian from China with arthropod-like appendages. China was found to have" arthropods "in full leaf early Cambrian animals." The Diania cactiformis, an ancient lobopodian with “appendages” reveals the most confusing mystery in subkingdom protostomia, namely, the problem of the origin and early evolution of arthropoda. The discovery of Diania cactiformis provides real evidence that the first ancestors of arthropods had innovated “arthropods”, represent a key and rare, but missing part of the transition from the ancient lobopodia to arthropoda. Simply put, Diania cactiformis is the ancient ancestor of the arthropods which has been lost from view, but eagerly embraced by scientific circles upon its rediscovery. For a long time, the research team into early life, headed by Professor Shu Degan, has been trying to reveal the mystery of the origin and early evolution of all the major categories of the three subkingdoms in the animal world. Over the past ten years, the team has published an article in the Science magazine stating that they have discovered stromatoveris in China’s Chengjiang biota for the first time. This is typical of Ediacaran biota in the Precambrian era, providing credible evidence for the evolution from the Cambrian to the Precambrian. Moreover, the team has published 10 papers in successive editions of Nature and Science. It has also discovered the all the “five plus one groups” in the subkingdom of Deuterostomia, revealing the full early evolutionary lineage of the subkingdom.