So far I have enjoyed Korean food immensely, and there is a lot of fun to be had in not having any idea of what you’re ordering except for its price. Luckily I’m not a terribly picky eater so I’m usually satisfied with whatever I’m brought, and I haven’t found Korean food unbearably spicy.
Robin has arrived in Songsan and on Saturday we went exploring around the town for a while. We discovered a really nice park with a monument to something called 3.1. There were fountains and a playground, and… Continue reading
Sometimes, even when you’ve made a good field jacket, bones get a bit beat up on the way from the field to the lab. I find this to be especially true of bones that have not been very mineralized, like many bones from the Gobi. If you’re careful, you can usually get a good amount of the bits back together, but it requires a lot of patience, especially as the pieces get smaller and smaller… Continue reading
The Korea-Mongolia International Dinosaur Project has been collecting fossils from the Gobi Desert for the past several summers, and some of the specimens are housed in the lab in Hwaseong. My visit to Korea is funded through an NSERC Foreign Study Supplement, which is kind of like a study abroad for scientists. The purpose of my visit here is to help prepare a large ankylosaur skeleton, and to get experience working in a different culture and research environment. Continue reading
Here’s an example of one of the dinosaur nests found nearby. I like how they show the matrix surrounding the nest. Continue reading
After a long journey to Seoul, I have arrived in Hwaseong-si. Here’s a few pictures from my first day at the lab.
I have begun to prepare a tail club.
The countdown is really on, now!
Here’s a few shots of my previous visit to Mongolia, in August 2007. I feel very lucky to be able to have a second visit to such a wonderful place!
The ankylosaur bonebed Aleg Tag has produced many elements of Pinacosaurus, a small and unusual dinosaur. Unfortunately, the bonebed had been poached before we got there – you can see the small crater-like depressions where bones had been ripped up.
Congratulations to Derek Larson who just defended his MSc thesis this morning!
Derek works on the vertebrate assemblage from the Milk River Formation in southern Alberta and has amused us greatly with his sock tans, amusing out of context quotes, cooking adventures, and various other antics.
Good work Derek!