LACM team meets in Beijing

23 July 2010. IVPP, Beijing, China

With the arrival of Gary Takeuchi early this morning, the LACM team is complete and ready to depart from Beijing for Qinghai Province tomorrow.


Email posting test

21 July 2010. IVPP, Beijing, China.

In preparation for on-the-road blogging, we are testing the email-post
method of publishing blog posts. This allows us to travel without a
dedicated laptop and internet connection, and enables us to post updates
through a portal at any internet cafe along our journey.


Good news for the upcoming season

21 July 2010. IVPP, Beijing.

We were informed this morning by the Tibet Autonomous Region's Science and Technology office that our permit application for scientific research in Tibet has been approved by the foreign affairs office. This means we will be able to travel through Tibet and revisit Zhada Basin after a two-year hiatus by the LACM crew.

To celebrate the re-opening of the region to paleontological research, I went out and cut off my ponytails. A "normal" looking haircut will likely help the team avoid unnecessary attention on the road and at military checkpoints.

A small price to pay for another chance to walk along the magnificent Himalayan foothills.

Onward to the plateau!



Packing equipment and supplies in Beijing

20 July 2010. IVPP, Beijing.

It is a busy week before the start of the field season. The first Tibet team had already left for the Lunpola Basin on 15 July. The second team, composed of Dr. Xiaoming Wang, Gary Takeuchi, Z. Jack Tseng (LACM), Juan Liu (University of Alberta), Dr. Yang Wang, and Chunfu Zhang (Florida State University), will regroup in the City of Xining on 24 July.

The field vehicles for the second team are being rented on the Tibetan Plateau, so all the equipment and materials have to be carried by us. We have already packed several dozen plaster bandages, a few two-way radios, and our tents and sleeping bags.

Our next challenge: to find and purchase acetone in Xining, before we head out and began visiting fossil localities. We need acetone to dissolve the glue that we use to stabilize fragile specimens in the field.