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Saving Mongolia’s dinosaurs and inspiring the next generation of paleontologists

Saving Mongolia’s dinosaurs and inspiring the next generation of paleontologists

by Thea Boodhoo
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Articulated dinosaur fossils can still be found at the Flaming Cliffs, and frequently are — by tourists, guides, locals and poachers. Mongolian law instructs those who find such specimens to notify the area’s single ranger, but no signage or leaflets exist to convey this. Even when a fossil is reported, Bayanzag Park has no resident paleontologist to excavate it, no prep lab to clean it, no collections facility to store it and no museum to display it. Credit: Thea Boodhoo.

The bones were too yellow, too translucent, and the skeleton had no hands. I could tell the skeleton wasn’t a dinosaur, but the illusion was enough to bring my brain to a momentary halt.

“He made this out of camel bones,” said Aza, my guide at Bayanzag Park in the Mongolian Gobi, home of the Flaming Cliffs…

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