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Common feedstocks of late accretion for the terrestrial planetshttps://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-021-01475-0

Olivine-rich achondrites from Vesta and the missing mantle problemhttps://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-25808-9

(Phys.org) Dwarf planet Vesta serves as a window to the early solar system
(UC Davis) Dwarf Planet Vesta a Window to the Early Solar System
(Science News) Dwarf planet Vesta a window to the early solar system
(EurekaAlert) Dwarf planet Vesta a window to the early solar system

Impact and recovery of asteroid 2018 LAhttps://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/maps.13653

(New York Times) A 22-Million-Year Journey From the Asteroid Belt to Botswana
(UC Davis) Fragments of 2018 Botswana Fireball Came From Vesta
(Space Ref) Asteroid That Hit Botswana in 2018 Likely Came from Vesta
(Science News) As­ter­oid that hit Bot­swana in 2018 likely came from Vesta

High-Precision Geochronological Constraints on the Duration of ‘Dinosaurs Pompeii’ and the Yixian Formationhttps://academic.oup.com/nsr/advance-article/doi/10.1093/nsr/nwab063/6223474

(Phys.org) Short duration of the Yixian Formation and Chinese Dinosaur Pompeii’

(UC DAVIS) Dating the Dinosaur Pompeii – https://egghead.ucdavis.edu/2021/04/16/dating-the-dinosaur-pompeii/

(Eureka Alert) Short duration of the Yixian Formation and ‘Chinese Dinosaurs Pompeii’https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2021-04/scp-sdo041421.php

X-Ray CT Imaging:

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New Yin Lab Papers


  • H. Huang, M. Huyskens, Q.-Z. Yin, P. Cawood, M.-C. Hou, J.-H. Yang, F.-H. Xiong, Y.-S. Du, and C. Yang (2022) Eruptive tempo of Emeishan large igneous province: relations to biotic crises and paleoclimate changes around the Guadalupian-Lopingian boundary. Geology (Accepted on April 27, 2022) https://doi.org/10.1130/G50183.1


  • Z. W. Lan, M. H. Huyskens, G. Le Hir, R. Mitchell, Q.-Z. Yin, G. Y. Zhang, and X.-H. Li, (2022)Massive volcanism may have foreshortened the Marinoan snowball Earth. Geophysical Research Lettershttps://doi.org/10.1029/2021GL097156
  • Z.-Q. Yu, L.-P. Dong, M. H. Huyskens, Q.-Z. Yin, Y. Wang, C.-L. Deng, and H.-Y. He (2022) The exceptionally preserved Early Cretaceous Moqi Fauna from eastern Inner Mongolia, China, and its age relationship with the Jehol Biota. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology 589, 110824 https://doi.org/10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110824


  • M. Liu, P. Jiang, L-Y. Lu, T.-H. Yin, L.-Y. Ma, M. Cheng, Q.-Z. Yin, H. Gao (2021) Strong isotope-dependent photodissociation branching ratios of N2 and their potential implications for the 14N/15N isotope fractionation in Titan’s atmosphere. Astrophysical Journal , 923:196 (10pp) https://doi.org/10.3847/1538-4357/ac2f97


  • M-H. Zhu, A. Morbidelli, W. Neumann, Q.-Z. Yin, J. M. D. Day, D. C. Rubie, G. J. Archer, N. Artemieva, H. Becker, K. Wünnemann (2021) Common feedstocks of late accretion for the terrestrial planets. Nature Astronomy 5, 1286-1296. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41550-021-01475-0


  • Z. Vaci, J. M. D. Day, M. Paquet, K. Ziegler, Q.-Z. Yin, S. Dey, A. Miller, C. Agee, R. Bartoschewitz, and A. Pack (2021) Olivine-rich achondrites from Vesta and the missing mantle problem. Nature Communications 12, 5443. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-021-25808-9


  • C. A. Goodrich, M. E. Sanborn, Q.-Z. Yin, I. Kohl, D. Frank, R. T. Daly, K. J. Walsh, M. E. Zolensky, E. R. D. Young, P. Jenniskens, and M. H. Shaddad (2021) Chromium Isotopic Evidence for Mixing of NC and CC Reservoirs in Polymict Ureilites: Implications for Dynamical Models of the Early Solar System. The Planetary Science Journal, 2:13 (15pp), https://doi.org/10.3847/PSJ/abd258


  • C. Williams, M. E. Sanborn, C. Defouilloy, Q.-Z. Yin, N. T. Kita, D. S. Ebel, A. Yamakawa, K. Yamashita (2020) Chondrules Reveal Large-Scale Outward Transport of Inner Solar System Materials in the Protoplanetary DiskProceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 117 (38) 23426-23435. https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/09/01/2005235117


  • W. Y. Liu, Y.G. Zhang, Q.-Z. Yin, Y. Zhao and Z.G. Zhang (2020) Magnesium partitioning between silicate melt and liquid iron using first-principles molecular dynamics: implications for the early history of the Earth. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 531, 115934.  https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2019.115934.


  • S. Y. Liao, M. H. Huyskens, Q.-Z. Yin, B. Schmitz (2020) Absolute dating of the L- chondrite parent body breakup with high-precision U-Pb zircon geochronology from Ordovician limestone. Earth and Planetary Science Letters 547, 116442. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.epsl.2020.116442  


  • R. Merle, Y. Amelin, Q.-Z. Yin, M. Huyskens, M. Sanborn, K. Nagashima, K. Yamashita, T. Ireland, A. Krot, M. J. Sieber (2020) Exploring the efficiency of stepwise dissolution in removal of stubborn non-radiogenic Pb in chondrule U-Pb dating. Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta 277, 1–20. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gca.2020.03.010



  • P. Jenniskens, N. Moskovitz, L. A. J. Garvie, Q.-Z. Yin, J. A. Howell, D. L. Free, J. Albers, D. Samuels, M. D. Fries, P. Mane, D. R. Dunlap, K. Ziegler, M. Sanborn, Q. Zhou, Q.-L. Li, X.-H. Li, Y. Liu, G.-Q. Tang, K. Welten, M. W. Caffee, H. Busemann, M. M. M. Meier, and D. Nesvorny (2020) Orbit and origin of the LL7 chondrite Dishchii’bikoh (Arizona). Meteoritics and Planetary Science. 55, 535–557 https://doi.org/10.1111/maps.13452


  • Y. T. Lin, Y. Zhang, S. Hu, Y. Xu, W. Zhou, S. J. Li, W. Yang, Y. Gao, M. Li, Q.-Z. Yin, D. Lin, W. Ip. (2020). Concepts of the small body sample return missions – The 1st 10 Ma year evolution of the solar system. Space Science Reviews (2020) 216:45. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11214-020-00670-1



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