They followed their herd of camels like true nomads. Mongolia is the last place in the world to find twin-humped camels in the wild.
After a quick tasty lunch of camel meat rice pudding, washed down with a mug of frosty hormog (warm fermented camel milk), we set off again to Bayanzag.
Commonly known as the ‘Flaming Cliffs’, the name was penned by the famous American adventurer and palaeontologist, Roy Chapman Andrews. Best known for his explorations of the Gobi Desert in the 1920s, he was always kitted out with his felt hat, khakis and a gun by his side. In fact, Andrews is reputedly the inspiration for Indiana Jones!
Here, he discovered the first dinosaur eggs, jaws and skull fossils in Central Asia. Now Bayanzag is world renowned for the quality and number of dinosaur fossils found here, and the ones still waiting to be uncovered beneath the red sands.
Our guide, Tulga, showed us to a spot where one of his previous tourists had found what appeared to be dinosaur bones in the sand. We then scoured the cliffs in search of our own. It wasn’t long before we spotted something peculiar. After some careful brushing and hand digging, we seemed to have stumbled upon a dinosaur fossil of our own!
In our opinions, it resembled a pelvic bone or perhaps the crown of a triceratops-like dinosaur. (We would later see a complete fossil of a Protoceratops in the Central Mongolian Museum of Dinsoaurs in Ulaanbaatar, who’s head crown had an uncanny resemblance to our find. What do you think?)
Visited 12th August 2014.