After a long flight from Bozeman to Denver to Los Angeles to Shanghai, we finally reached our destination: China. We stayed in Shanghai for three days of sightseeing (a highlight of which was a visit to the Jade Buddha Temple) and settling in before we began the brunt of our work in Hangzhou.
On Friday, we met Dr. Jin at the Zhejiang Museum of Natural History and toured the collection room of the museum where the majority of the eggs we will be working on are stored when they’re not on display. After leaving the collection room, we toured the museum’s large expanse of interesting exhibits, including geological specimens, mounted dinosaur skeletons from the local province, and an entire floor of taxidermy animals, including our dear mascot of Montana State University: the bobcat.
Over the weekend, we enjoyed the Hangzhou nightlife, the expansive silk markets and the delicious local cuisine. That following Monday, the research began. After two trips hauling specimens from the basement to the fourth floor labs, we descended upon the unsuspecting eggs. The first day, we finalized our research endeavors, with Devra and Coralyn writing a descriptive paper on Dictyoolithic eggs and clutch arrangement in multiple species of ootaxa and Nick and Ethan examining egg compression and are working to reconstruct what the eggs might have looked like before they were compressed.
Written by: Nick Vergara, 6/1/2013