The Flaming Cliffs in Mongolia – Home Of The Dinosaurs

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Situated in the southern part of the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, the Western name for this region was given by the American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews who was deeply impressed by the reddish orange color of the cliffs in the 1920’s while he was looking for dinosaur fossils in the region.

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In the Mongolian language this place is known as Bayanzag and it translates as “rich in saxaul shrubs” which grow in the region. Covered by the powerful sun, the arid desert and seasonal plain are sprinkled with these flaming rocks which make up the Djadokhta.

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The region is a literal paradise for dinosaur prospectors, with pieces of fossilized bone and eggshell piercing visibly through the stone. In the 1920’s Roy Chapman discovered here, not only complete dinosaur skeletons but also the first complete dinosaur egg nest in Mongolia and indeed, the world. A true home of the dinosaurs. We can also find here the fossilized remains of now extinct mammals of old. It is illegal here to remove fossils without appropriate permits in Mongolia.

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Among the wild animals that still prowl these lands to this day, we can count the camels, gazelles, wild donkeys, seeker falcons and many others. For logistical reasons, access without a guide in this region is next to impossible.

 

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