IVPP, Beijing

….. aaaaand to round off this incredible China trip of mine, I spent the last week working at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology (IVPP) in Beijing. It is really exciting to be able to look at specimens that I’ve only read about in the literature… until now.

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I must say a big thank you to Zhu Min and colleagues who welcomed me and so generously shared their specimens and work with me. In particular I have to thank Tuo Qiao for letting me look at her lovely lungfish, and for Jing Lu for letting me crash in her office all week and marvel over the amazing lobe-finned fish she works on.

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Photo: Lunch at IVPP with Brian Choo, Yuzhi Hu, Han Hu, and Jing Lu.

A real highlight of every day was lunchtime, yum! What an amazing experience this China “palaeo pilgrimage” adventure has been, I look forward to coming back again soon. 

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