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Montana students blog about China experiences, dinosaur eggs

June 2, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN -- Students who attend Montana State University, Dawson Community College and Rocky Mountain College are writing a Web journal about their experiences while in China to investigate dinosaur eggs that have unusually thick, but porous shells.

Located at http://chinadinodig.wordpress.com/ the blog covers everything from rare fossils to the availability of duck heads for dinner. The students tell how they stumbled across some of the best preserved fossils in the world while attending Expo 2010 in Shanghai. When they arrived at the Zhejiang Museum of Natural History, they got their first look at the eggs they will study for the next few weeks. The museum has thousands of eggs and an amazing collection of dinosaur and reptile specimens, according to the bloggers.

The students also blog about Buddhist temples, intense taxi rides, curiosity over blond Montanans, encounters with Chinese plumbing, Christmas songs in May and a welcome conversation in English. The students share photos of themselves and the sights they see.

The National Science Foundation is funding this six-week experience. Nine students were selected for the opportunity and left Montana on May 19 to study eggs that are unlike anything that has been discovered in reptiles and birds.

Evelyn Boswell, (406) 994-5135 or evelynb@montana.edu