~497 – 485.4 ± 1.9 Ma
Name formalityFormal
Name ratified2003
Former name(s)Cambrian Series 4
Usage information
Celestial bodyEarth
Regional usageGlobal (ICS)
Time scale(s) usedICS Time Scale
Chronological unitEpoch
Stratigraphic unitSeries
First proposed byShanchi et al., 2002
Time span formalityFormal
Lower boundary definitionFAD of the Trilobite Glyptagnostus reticulatus
Lower boundary GSSPPaibi section, Paibi, Hunan, China
28°23′22″N 109°31′33″E / 28.3895°N 109.5257°E / 28.3895; 109.5257
Lower GSSP ratified2003
Upper boundary definitionFAD of the Conodont Iapetognathus fluctivagus.
Upper boundary GSSPGreenpoint section, Green Point, Newfoundland, Canada
49°40′58″N 57°57′55″W / 49.6829°N 57.9653°W / 49.6829; -57.9653
Upper GSSP ratified2000

The Furongian is the fourth and final epoch and series of the Cambrian. It lasted from 497 to 485.4 million years ago. It succeeds the Miaolingian series of the Cambrian and precedes the Lower Ordovician Tremadocian Stage. It is subdivided into three stages: the Paibian, Jiangshanian and the unnamed 10th stage of the Cambrian.


The Furongian was also known as the Cambrian Series 4, and the name replaced the older term Upper Cambrian and equivalent to the local term Hunanian. The present name was ratified by the International Commission on Stratigraphy in 2003. Fúróng (芙蓉) means 'lotus' in Mandarin and refers to Hunan which is known as the "lotus state".


The lower boundary is defined in the same way as the GSSP of the Paibian Stage. Both begin with the first appearance of the trilobite Glyptagnostus reticulatus around 497 million years ago. The upper boundary is the lower boundary and GSSP of the Tremadocian Stage which is the first appearance of the conodont Iapetognathus fluctivagus around 485.4 million years ago.


The following table shows the subdivisions of the Furongian series/epoch:

Series Stage Age (Ma)
Lower Ordovician
Floian 477.7
Tremadocian 485.4
Stage 10 489.5
Jiangshanian 494
Paibian 497
Series 3
Guzhangian 500.5
Drumian 504.5
Wuliuan 509


The base of two of three stages of the Furongian are defined as the first appearance of a trilobite. The base of the Paibian is the first appearance of Glyptagnostus reticulatus and the base of the Jiangshanian is the first appearance of Agnostotes orientalis. The still unnamed Cambrian Stage 10 might be defined as the first appearance of Lotagnostus americanus or the conodont Eoconodontus notchpeakensis.

The Furongian can be divided into a number of trilobite zones:

Series Stage Trilobite zone Trilobite GSSP
Furongian Stage 10 Saukia zone (upper part), Eurekia apopsis zone, Tangshanaspis Zone, Parakoldinioidia zone, Symphysurina zone Lotagnostus americanus (undecided)
Jiangshanian Ellipsocephaloides zone, Saukia zone (lower part) Agnostotes orientalis
Paibian ? (?) Glyptagnostus reticulatus

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