It’s been nearly a century since the Museum began their explorations of Mongolia’s Gobi Desert—a vast and imposing landscape that occupies an unparalleled space in the scientific record.
The American Museum of Natural History gives some background on the Gobi Desert expeditions:
One of the world’s richest locations for dinosaur, lizard, and mammal fossils, it was discovered in 1993 by a team that included Curators Mark Norell (now Macaulay Curator and Chair of the Division of Paleontology) and Mike Novacek (now Provost of Science at the Museum), and visited by researchers regularly since. Today, expeditions to the fossil fields of the Gobi are also an important rite of passage for Ph.D. students studying paleontology at the Museum.
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