"For paleontologists, the field represents the largest laboratory. We might encounter plenty of failures, but as long as we do not give up and stick to our work, one day we will succeed."
Dr. Zhu Min, born in Zhangjiagang, Jiangsu Province, is a CPC member and a paleoichthyologist. He received his Ph.D. from the IVPP in 1990. He specializes in early vertebrates and evolutionary biology. As a global leader in early vertebrate evolution, Zhu has proposed new hypotheses and provided key empirical evidence on theoretical issues including the origin of the vertebrate jaws, the origin and early differentiation pattern of gnathostomes, and the origin and early evolution of Osteichthyes. He was elected as an academician of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in 2021. Zhu also worked as vice president of the Paleontological Society of China, chairman of the IGCP491 (International Geological Correlation Programme) project, and voting member of the Devonian Section of the International Commission on Stratigraphy. He served as the seventh and eighth director of the IVPP.