"Science is limitless. Every little bit uncovered may form the basis for the next person’s work in the future, and accumulating knowledge bit by bit is how science moves forward.”
Dr. Qiu Zhanxiang was born in Qingdao, Shandong Province, and he is a paleomammalogist and Cenozoic stratigrapher. He received his Ph.D. from Johannes Gutenberg University Mainz in Germany in 1984. Specializing in the study of Cenozoic stratigraphy and mammalian fossils, Qiu has proved the widespread existence of Paleocene deposits in China, which is one of the major breakthroughs in the paleontological community during the 1970s. In Yushe, Shanxi Province, the Lanzhou Basin, and Linxia Basin, he discovered several mammalian faunas in different strata. He divided the Chinese Neogene System into 15 representative mammalian faunal ages, which correspond to the 17 mammalian biostratigraphic ages in Europe, leading the Chinese paleontological and stratigraphic study of the Neogene Period. He led the writing of Paleovertebrata Sinica. Qiu was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2005. Qiu also received the Lifetime Achievement Honor of the Paleontological Society of China, and served as the fifth director of the IVPP.