Saturday, December 08, 2007

Bayn Zag Museum

If you go the famous "Flaming Cliffs" (Bayn Zag) in Mongolia during the summer you'll find that an enterpernurical family has set up a booth on top of the cliffs where they sell cold drink, rocks and few fossils. This is the point where the tour buses pull up, disengorge the tourists for their 10 minute photo op, and then blast off to the next stop.

If you ask the older of the two sisters working for their parents she’s take you over to the nearby ger that is the "Bayn Zag Museum". Inside you’ll see a variety of fossils, including some Tarbosaurus bones, a sad looking Protoceratops, and photos of Roy Chapman Andrews, et al. The young girl wants to be a palaeontologist when she grows up, but does feel that she can do it in Mongolia. She seems sincere in her ambitions and is very knowledgeable about what’s in the ger.

Phil, Eva and I stopped in at the end of one of our prospecting days at the Cliffs.

The museum