Chinese Character Script Styles 甲骨,金文,篆書,隸書,行書,草書,楷書,楷軆,宋體,…

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Here's the basic history of character forms.

~1300 BCE甲骨文
Oracle bone script
chinese oracle bone Zhou inscription
~1000 BCE金文
Chinese bronze inscriptions
chinese bronze inscription-song4 ding3
400 BCE篆(zhuàn)書
Seal script
chinese seal script
200 BCE隸(lì)書
Clerical script
chinese clerical script
200 BCE行書
Semi-cursive script
chinese semi-cursive script
200 BCE草書
Cursive script
chinese cursive script
200 CE楷(kǎi)書
Regular script
chinese regular script
200 CE繁軆字
Traditional Chinese characters
1956 CE簡軆字
Simplified Chinese characters
Shang dynasty inscribed tortoise plastron-s
甲骨文 oracle bone script. (1600 – 1046 BCE) Tortoise plastron with divination inscription from the Shang dynasty, dating to the reign of King Wu Ding. Held at the National Museum of China in Beijing. 1186×1954 image source
Shang dynasty inscribed scapula-s
Oracle bone from the reign of King Wu Ding (late Shang dynasty) ~1200 BCE. 1733×2669

The above are about Chinese script's history.

A “script” is a system of writing. Given a script, there are different font and typeface for it.

What are Chinese serif and sans-selif Font Names

Chinese typefaces Kai  Ming  sans-serif
Chinese typefaces, from top to bottom: Kai, Ming, sans-serif. «你的黃花滿地傷»

For detail, see: What are Chinese serif and sans-selif Font Names.

For font comparison, see: Chinese Fonts Comparison; 中文字體比較.