China's Dinosaurs - Dec '97 - Jan '98
Dr. J. Keith Rigby of Notre Dame University took eight of to Beijing and Yuxi
(You-she) City to continue his decade-long relationship with the Chinese.
He is one of a few westerners to have access to Chinese dinosaurs.
When Richard Nixon was invited to China in
1974, and 'opened the Orient' to the western
world, he saw this structure and said:"This is a Great Wall."
The name stuck.
Not all Chinese structures are old. In Yuxi City,our hotel was built by the tobacco barons of Yunnan
Province. Tobacco is a major economic crop in the
region. Across the street they are erecting a new
dinosaur museum - an educational
--- things are the same the world over.
was founded by the tobacco kings, the Duke Family.
When bones are found they are 'jacketed' with
Plaster-of-Paris-soaked burlap cloth.
Back in the lab it takes saws and hammers and chisels
to not-so-gently awaken the bones.
Each fragment is then pulled out and cleaned on all sides with a dental pick.
And then it must be remembered where it came from. This is a 3-D jigsaw puzzle.
Getting A Head In The World:This is a tooth mark where a predator sampled
the hors doeuvres. See below . . .
A close up of the tooth-print.
Speaking of teeth . . .
The leg bone's connected to the . . . .
Jim was holding hands with a dinosaur.
Pam (his wife) noticed.
This was a real prize to reassemble.
A highlight of the trip was an English / mathlesson to 18 children -- who were MUCH more
attentive and involved in the lesson than . . .
say . . . some EIU students i have known.
We were the first 'round
eyes' some of these
What a classroom !The "truck" is a gerry-rigged Roto-Tiller
with a pickup bed. It is a very common
mode of transportation in China.
It is a very large source
of pollution, too.
This Asian water buffalo meandered the streets ofthe village. Errata: the STREET of the village.
When we entered the town the children weretrying to ride this pig.
this is downtown China --
What's a kid supposed to do for fun ?
Maybe some American kids
would profit from
to ride a pig.
A charming face of China.
What stories she could tell - personal -
political - historical.
How does she feel about these strangers
coming to look at the 'bones in the hills?'
An afternoon tea with her would be so revealing.
In many places throughout the world the day begins
with a hunt for firewood.Find it and you eat hot food today.
And if you don't . . .
Dino Trekkers: (from left)
======================ï our super bus driver
ï mr. bai - geologist & musician
ï brian - geologist, friend and interpreter
ï eagle eye - reputed to see dino teeth at 50 paces
We camped out for two nites -@ 24 N. Latitude - which is "Miami - West"
-- but @ 6,500 ft altitude,
when the sun
(notice this print is color-coordinated
to my tent -
But back in Beijing (a.k.a. Peking) we were
(the origin of the term: Peking Duck)and to get warm i cozied up to Lufengasaurus.
Federal Express:When you're shipping dinosaurs to the
DinoFest in Philadelphia (April-May 1998),
pack them in styrofoam
blocks ~15 cm thick
Remember to LABEL which part