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WHAT TO DO IN MONGOLIA. 6. VISIT TO BURIALS OF DINOSAURS

Blog | published: 2018-12-10

6TH THINGS YOU SHOULD DO IN MONGOLIA IS TO SEE DINOSAUR CEMETERY PLACE & THEIR FOOTPRINTS

  • Why Mongolian Gobi desert is famous with Dinosaur fossils?
  • Because it is nothing to be compared . Most important paleonthological discoveries and World famous fossils were found in Mongolia based on the Mongolian fossils: fighting dinosaurs, eggs, foot prints, sitting position and so on….  

Blue Mongolia Tour agency names the one of the best things to do in Mongolia is to know about the dinosaurs and to see the fossils and footrpints of dinosaurs. Dinosaurs cemeteries and dinosaurs footprints preserved areas are the biggest and richest ones in the world. That is why they are unique and you must to see those ones. 

Mongolian present territory of Gobi desert is the real example to show the history and story of our planet and its’ flora and fauna. The ancient ocean bottom areas, ancient volcanoes, ancient animals fossils, petrified wood and plants will show you what were happened with our planet in past millions years and what is left from that time.

The desert basins of the Gobi are bounded by the Altay Mt-s and the grasslands and steppes of Mongolia on the north, by the Taklamakan desert to the west, by the Nexi Corridor and Tibetan plateau to the southwest, and by the North China Plain to the southeast.  The Gobi measures over 1,600 km (1,000 mi) from southwest to northeast and 800 km (500 mi) from north to south. The desert is widest in the west, keeping lots of secret of our planet. The surface is extremely diversified, although there are no great differences in vertical elevation.

In 100 years of dinosaur research, more than 80 species of dinosaurs or 1/5 (one fifth) of the over 400 dinosaur species known to science, have been found in the Mongolian Gobi.. In 1922, Roy Chapman Andrews, representative of the American Museum of Natural History led the paleontological expedition into the Mongolian Gobi and they found the eggs, embroyos, fossils firstly in Bayanzag flaming cliff in south Gobi desert area. Today the Bayanzag flaming cliff is the touristy place and tourists listen to dinosaur stories at here.  Also this place is the place, that the first proved dinosaurs laid eggs.

World famous fossils include: Two fighting dinosaurs (Velociraptor and Protoceratops), Crowded infant dinosaurs - Protoceratops, Oviraptorosaur (Egg stealing dinosaur) are laying over its eggs, Giant carnivorous Tarbosaur and its baby and Egg fossils, an embryo in egg.

Below are the name list of dinosaurs biggest cemeteries:  

Bayanzag Flaming Cliffs
Bayanzag is located 110km northwest from Dalanzadgad town Omnogobi province. Bayanzag means rich in saxaul plant, an endangered Central Asian tree 2 to 9 m high, whose roots are longest for protection. The nickname of Flaming Cliffs is dubbed by Roy Chapman Andrew due to the orange-red rock color during the sunset.

Tugrugiin Shiree
Whitish and yeallowish escarpment called Tugrugiin Shiree is located 28km west of Bulgan soum, Omnogobi province. A Polish-Mongolian expedition in 1965 found the first known fossils of a set of two massive forelimbs with three gigantic claws on each arm.  Most famous discovery from Tugrugiin Shiree is  2 Fighting dinosaurs" (a fossil of a Protoceratops and a Velociraptor locked in combat) fossils which were found first time in the world in the 1970s by A Polish-Mongolian expedition. Now those fossils are kept at Mongolian Paleontological Institute.Nemegt Canyon Valley  
Nemegt is located 400km away in the west  from Dalanzadgad town, Omnogobi province. The Nemegt Basin and its Nemegt Formation is the biggest cemetery of giant dinosaurs and interesting species of dinosaurs ever found: a plant-eating, pot-bellied, duck-billed giant slow-poke. A giant pterosaur has been discovered in the Nemegt Formation in the Gobi desert. The large, dragon-like creature, duck billed creature, bird shaped dinosaurs, would have lived and died 70-65 million years ago, and likely had a wingspan of 10 to 12 meters.

Besides the cemeteries, there is another interesting and lovely place: Shar Tsav – Collection of dinosaurs footprints.

Shar tsav
Shar tsav is situated 80km away in the northeast from Khanbogd soum The site was discovered on July 31, 1995 by Mongolian Japanese researchers and a joint expedition conducted active field research in 1996, revealing over 18000 footprints of dinosaurs. It is amazing and unbelievable collection of footprints of 8 species of dinosaurs. For the detailed information, please, link to:  http://bluemongolia.com/blog-news-detailed.php?title=Shar-Tsav-Tracksite-%E2%80%93-Paleontological-Unique-Site-in-Gobi-desert-

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