Time to wrap it up! We had three very successful and productive days back in the Hangzhou museum before the weekend. We are all very confident that our projects are heading in a publication-worthy direction (with some time). Devra and Coralyn wrapped up their data collection by spending a few hours in the collections identifying which of their specimens were Dictyoolithus as well as viewing three specimens under the SEM (scanning electron microscope), resulting in 12 amazing pictures. Ethan and Nick took what seemed to be too many photos to count of every single one of the eggs they measured. They have taken enough pictures that, upon returning to Montana State University, they will be able to digitally reconstruct the eggs using software.
Over the weekend, we wrote our final reports for our projects, which include our introductions, methods, where we want the project to go, and any other sections we have already completed. Monday night, we traveled by night train to Beijing.
As we depart Hangzhou, we would like to take a moment to thank our wonderful and generous hosts while we were vising China this summer. Wenjie Zheng, Ming Ding, Li Xiuti, Xie Junfang, Gu Shengxiao, and Jin Xingsheng have been invaluable, whether it be granting us access into their immense collections or simply providing a rough translation, this trip would not have been so successful without them. Thank you!