Zhang reiterates the widely cited argument that the Qiangtang metamorphic belt represents a suture because it separates upper Paleozoic strata that contain only warm-water faunas in the north from those that include cold-water deposits and faunas in the south (Li et al., 1995; Li and Zheng, 1993). However, this argument is unsupported for the following two reasons.


1. The upper Paleozoic strata that exhibit different faunas in the Qiangtang do not overlap in age (see Fig. 2 of Li and Zheng, 1993). Strata with cold-water faunas in the south are interpreted to be upper Carboniferous to...

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