We just came out of a 5-day stay at the foot of the Olongbuluk Mountain. Pictures speak better than words, so without much delay:
[our vehicles driving into the field area]
[setting up camp]
[crew heading out in the brisk morning]
[on the way out of the field area, crew looking tired]
[acting silly in front of Olympic mascots]
One of our crew members, Dr. Qiang Li, discovered a partial lower hyaenid jaw on 31 August; the jaw has a canine and a lower third molar preserved. We are not sure of the identity of this specimen, but given its large size it could be Percrocuta, one of the rarer hyenas of the Old World. The true identity will be revealed once I compare hyaenid specimens in Beijing.