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Asia. The black dots surround the Sichuan basin - in which lies Chengdu the capital of Sichuan province (and perhaps the spicy-food capital of the world!). In the mountains to the southwest of this baisn lie the three sites visited by the Conservation International RAP (Rapid Assessment Program) team. Derek was excited to visit these mountains because this area is rich in "old" species the Nicrophorinae (the group of beetles Derek work with). Piotr was also hoping to find an ancient lineage - a true living fossil which had recently been discovered in the area.
 
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