The next few days will be spent working at the ornithomimid quarry/track site measuring, mapping and photographing the dinosaur footprints. The site has been expanded to about 30 square meters with 70 tracks exposed. There are 13 trackways and 13 isolates tracks, representing at least four different types of dinosaur. After we collect all the data we will choose the best representatives of each track type and remove blocks that will be put on display in Korea.
Yoshi Kobayashi, who has spent several years doing paleontology in Mongolia, had a conversation with one of the cooks about who the new people are in camp. Turns out that my name has been causing some confusion with our Mongolian friends. Tom translates to “big” in Mongolian, and Thomas, which sounds like tom yas, translates to “big fossil or bone.” So when Yoshi told Otgoo my name was Tom, she responded “Yes, I know he’s big, but what is his name?”
(In photo: John Graf at the ornithomimid quarry/track site.)