Long time readers will remember my worried post about the Hayashibara museum in Okayama where I have been spending my last few days catching up and working to get projects both started and completed. The good news is that the Hayashibara is no longer in any immediate danger of closure, the bad news is that it is still in danger of being permanently shut down in the not too distant future.
As I understand it, the company has not closed down the museum despite their bankruptcy, hence the immediate stay of execution. However, the company itself is now up for sale and will be sold by the end of the year. It then depends on the new parent company what happens to the dinosaur museum. Obviously they may not consider it a going concern (understandably, if unfortunately) so things are stable, but far from rosy.
This ongoing crisis in part prompted my return to the collections – a chance to see and work on them while I still could. It’s been great but stressful (too much to do, too little time), but most importantly for the blog, I’ve been given permission to publish a stream pf photos of various Hayashibara specimens. This includes a bunch of unpublished material, though as these are all of well-known taxa I’m not giving anything away.
For starters, here’s a series of casts of a lovely big Protoceratops skull. The original specimen is complete and articulated and will be coming soon.