Thursday, November 13, 2008

Gobi 2008: Deinocheirus

Here's a tidbit that I almost forgot about. One of the goals of our work in Mongolia is to relocate as many of the old dinosaur quarries as possible to help better understand the distributions of the dinosaurs across various formations.

Back in the late 60's the Polish-Mongolian expedition discovered and collected the giant arms (see cast above) of the enigmatic theropod, Deinocheirus, known only from these arms. Near the end of the 2008 KID expedition Philip Currie discovered the location of the near-fabled Deinocheirus quarry (below) and we spent part of a day reopening it. And we did collect more of the skeleton...

Photo © M. Ryan