Earth Sciences in Mongolia
Earth Sciences doctoral students John Graf and Thomas Adams, who provided the reports for this blog, along with Professor Louis L. Jacobs, are traveling to Mongolia as a part of a multi-international dinosaur expedition hosted by the city of Hwaseong in the Republic of Korea. The purpose of the project is to discover, collect and study dinosaur fossils from the Gobi desert in Mongolia, which is one of the most important dinosaur localities in the world.
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In addition to SMU researchers, the multinational team includes researchers from Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral Resources (KIGAM) and Paleontological Center, Mongolian Academy of Sciences and the University of Alberta, Canada. The project will be augmented each year by additional researchers from countries including the United States, Canada, Japan and China.
The entire team decided to take a break from working in the quarries and travel south to Tsagan Khusu, to prospect for fossils. Louis, John and I took advantage of the opportunity to collect more carbonate samples for our isotope study.
After lunch, we walked a circle from where the vehicles were parked looking for fossil localities. We found several areas with bone fragments on the surface. Shortly before we needed to meet up with the rest of the team members, we came across a poached fossil site of hadrosaur material.
(In photo: John Graf and Thomas Adams at Tsagan Khusu overlooking the Gobi Desert.)
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