China's Feathered Dinosaurs - Paleo Expedition
20–29 July 2007 (10 days)
Western Liaoning Province, China
Type of Trip:
Location: Western Liaoning Province, China
Scientific Leader: Dr. Hailu You
Minimum Number of Guests: 10
Maximum number: 17
Cost: $2,800 (Double occupancy)
Deposit Deadline: $500 May 14
Full Payment Deadline: June 14
Following the discovery of the first feathered dinosaur in 1996, the western Liaoning Province in northeastern China has yielded an exceptionally well-preserved late Mesozoic biota and provides a rare opportunity to inquire about the world lost for 100 million years. The discovery and study of numerous specimens of feathered dinosaurs in this area has greatly advanced our understanding of the relationship between dinosaurs and birds, and the origin and early evolution of feathers and flight. View feathered dinosaurs in the news.
On this tour, participants will have the opportunity to see the fossil museums in Beijing and Liaoning Province, to search and dig dinosaurs with Dr You, and to study sedimentology and taphonomy based on the exceptionally well-exposed rocks in the western Liaoning Province, as well as sightseeing to the Great Wall and other areas. View detailed itinerary.
Scientific Program & Itinerary
Primary goals of this expedition includes:
- Find missing parts of known feathered dinosaurs.
- Find new feathered dinosaurs and their relatives (non-feathered herbivorous dinosaurs).
- Find different aged specimens to learn the growth history and population structure of these dinosaurs.
- Prospect this horizon laterally in search of more sites.
- Collect additional sedimentological and taphonomical data to test theories on cause of mass-mortality and the burial history of bones.
Who Should Attend?
Professional or amateur paleontologists, or those studying to be.
Your Scientific Trip Leader
Dr. Hailu You
Institute of Geology, Chinese Academy of Geological Sciences
Dr. You's extensive knowledge on vertebrate palaeontology, especially dinosaurs, was gained through six years of Ph.D. study at University of Pennsylvania, as well as fifteen years of field and laboratory works on vertebrate fossils. As a lead scientist, Dr. You's recent research is focusing on two projects: in search of the new evolutionary "missing links" from the Early Cretaceous of China, and the evolution of basal horned dinosaurs, in collaboration with his colleagues from Carnegie Museum of Natural History, University of Pennsylvania, Canadian Museum of Nature, and various Chinese institutions. Dr. You has named nine (9) new dinosaur genera since 2003. View Dr. You's discovery paper.
Tour Fee, Deposit & Payment
Cost: $2,800 per person (double occupancy) for GSA Member & Spouse; Non-member: $2,900pp (double occupancy). Not a member? Join Today!
For single occupancy, add $300 to trip price. A $500 deposit is due by Mon, 14 May. The remaining full balance is due by Thur, 14 June. Click here to read flight info & cancellation/refund policy. Please do not purchase your airline tickets until GSA confirms the tour will run.
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Included in Tour Package & Registration Fee:
- Deluxe accommodations in Beijing, and comfortable clean accommodations in Yixian County of western Liaoning Province.
- All meals with beverages.
- All transportation within China, including transfers between airports and hotels.
- All sightseeing ticketing throughout the trip.
- All tools for fossil digging, including hammers, gloves, chisels for individual use, equipments (spades, generator and jet-hammer if needed) and supplies (plasters, glues, burlaps, etc.).
- English-speaking professional leadership.
- Services of an English-speaking national travel guide, and assistants from local fossil museums.
- Local permits for exploring and digging of feathered dinosaurs.
- Full pretrip information and assistance.
- Pre- or post-trip sightseeing in Beijing and/or Xi'an and Lanzhou (for additional fee). See detailed pre & post trip options on the itinerary.
NOT INCLUDED IN TOUR PRICE:
- International airfare
- Passport and visa fees
- Tips as you wish
- Travel insurance
How to obtain your tourist Visa to China
You can visit www.flychina.com to have information on Chinese tourist visas and air tickets. Please give at least 30 days to obtain your tourist visa.
Please contact Joe Cornwell below for any special needs that you may require. GSA is committed to making this program accessible to all people interested in attending.
Questions about the tour?
Please contact: Joe Cornwell, PaleoWorld Research Foundation,
Questions about registration? Contact GSA 303-357-1005
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