Our first day at the Zhejiang Museum of Natural History did not disappoint. We were told that it might be a possibility that there would be no air conditioning and after taking off a drenched shirt every day I was less than enthused at the prospect of sweating over lab books for the next three weeks. Luckily we were introduced to a cool work room in the basement of the newly built museum.
Dr. Jin Xingsheng, our host and professor Vice-director at the museum, introduced himself and had one of his grad students show us around the exhibit halls. The museum has an amazing collection of dinosaur and marine reptile specimens, among the best I have seen at any museum. In the afternoon, we got our first look at the eggs that we will be studying for the remainder of the trip. Before this trip I had thought that dinosaur eggs were sort of rare, but as I gazed upon the thousands of eggs on the shelves, I started to reexamine that assumption. China has a way of doing that.