This photo was taken by my friend Florian Maderspacher, Senior Reviews Editor of Current Biology, on a visit to China. Florian notes: “Chinese edition of WEIT filed between fossils of feathered dinosaurs, seen in the office of Zhou Zhonghe during a recent visit to IVPP [Institute of Vertebrate Paleontology and Paleoanthropology] in Beijing.”
[Zhou is] the current director of the institute of vertebrate paelaeontology and palaeoanthropology in Beijing where he and his colleagues described several of the unique ancient birds and feathered dinosaurs unique to China. He’s also a very fun guy to talk to.
I visited the institute recently. It’s a phenomenal place, most likely the most impressive place in all of China in terms of scientific output, yet with a very modest feel (and looks) to it, far from the flashiness of the biomedical places. They also have a small associated museum where originals of some of the most amazing fossils (four winged dinosaurs etc) are sitting in poorly lit cabinets.
Here’s a picture of Florian taken when he visited the Institute of Genetics and Developmental Biology of the Chinese Academy of Sciences on October 10 of this year, giving a presentation on “how to get a paper published.” Florian’s a big dude, towering over his hosts: