About the Authors

Ryosuke Motani

Affiliation Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, University of California, Davis, Davis, California, United States of America

Da-yong Jiang


Affiliations Laboratory of Orogenic Belt and Crustal Evolution, Ministry of Education, Department of Geology and Geological Museum, Peking University, Beijing, People’s Republic of China, State Key Laboratory of Palaeobiology and Stratigraphy (Nanjing Institute of Geology and Palaeontology, Chinese Academy of Sciences), Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, People’s Republic of China

Andrea Tintori

Affiliation Dipartimento di Scienze della Terra, Università degli Studi di Milano, Via Mangiagalli, Milano, Italy

Olivier Rieppel

Affiliation Center of Integrative Research, The Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Guan-bao Chen

Affiliation Department of Research, Anhui Geological Museum, Hefei, Anhui Province, People’s Republic of China

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RM DJ AT OR GC. Performed the experiments: RM DJ AT. Analyzed the data: RM DJ AT. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: RM DJ AT GC. Wrote the paper: RM.