I'm in the final throes of packing for my evening departure from SCL, returning back to the US. We've done our final accounting, exchanges notes, photos and coordinated schedules for future efforts. Our fieldwork achievements on this phase of our research far outstripped our expectations: we leave Caldera having collected great data, expanded our understanding of the Bahia Inglesa Formation significantly, and formed stronger friendships and collaborations. We also have started training the next generation of South American paleontologists with our student researchers.
I'll update more on future plans in the coming months, so stay tuned.
We wish to gratefully acknowledge the funding sources for this work, which includes the National Geographic Society's Committee on Research and Exploration and the Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History.
Core members of the Proyecto Paleontologico Caldera (PPC) 2011 field season. Left to right: CS Gutstein; D. Rubilar-Rogers; JF Parham; C Carreño Chavarria; J Le Roux; and ME Suarez. (Not pictured is NDP, who took the photo, and the many students who participated as well).