UCMP’s summer adventures (cont.)

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Brian Kraatz had a busy summer traveling to both Mongolia and China. In Mongolia he conducted fieldwork in the Valley of the Lakes area related to his dissertation. The Central Asiatic Expedition of the American Museum of Natural history first visited this area for paleontological exploration in the 1920s. Since that time numerous expeditions have collected from its extremely fossiliferous deposits. These fossils mark a time that follows a large faunal turnover, when small mammal (rodents and rabbits) assemblages were dominating many of the world’s mammalian faunas. The purpose of the trip was to visit fossil localities that were worked by the joint Mongolian-American expeditions throughout the 1990s to collect rock samples that will then be dated using paleomagnetic techniques. The work was completed with help from Dr. Badamgarav from the Mongolian Academy of Sciences and Faysal Bibi, one-time Cal undergrad, now at Yale.
On the return from Mongolia, Brian stayed in Beijing for two weeks to present a paper at the International Congress of Zoology and study fossil
  Brian Kraatz makes field notes in Mongolia Brian Kraatz makes an entry in his field notebook in Mongolia.
collections at the Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology. Everything was a complete success.
Being on sabbatical, Kevin Padian started his “summer” early—in April, to be exact, when he joined a crew of French and Moroccan colleagues for three weeks of reconnaissance and excavation in the Jurassic of Morocco. “The Atlas Mountains are indescribable—like jamming Utah and Arizona into an area half the size of California. We had a terrific time and were quite hospitably welcomed by the people there. And we collected a ton of Early Jurassic sauropod bones.”

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