Mongolia|science|July 17, 2018 / 06:02 PM
International team search for dinosaur remains in Gobi Desert

AKIPRESS.COM - Researchers of the Institute of Palaeontology and Geology at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences along with Hong Kong dinosaur hunters are examining the windswept slopes for traces of ancient fauna on the desert floor in Bugiin Tsav, in southern Mongolia. There are are part of an international team searching for dinosaur remains in the Gobi Desert, reports.

Together with Matt Prior, a fellow director at the Explorers Club Hong Kong, they have put together a 35-strong team of palaeontologists, geologists, archaeologists and other scientists, with the aim of revisiting some of the original exploration sites and using modern technology in a new phase of exploration.

New ways of studying fossils have helped palaeontologists understand the biology and evolution of dinosaurs in previously unimaginable ways. Computer modelling gives new insights into how dinosaurs moved and high-powered microscopes can even reveal their pigmentation. Even with the benefits of modern technology, though, time spent in the Gobi can be unpleasant. Midday temperatures close to 50 degrees Celsius bring prospecting activities to a temporary standstill.

Discoveries credited to the use of the latest technology include 250 new likely fossil locations, five entirely new areas, three potential new species and hundreds of fossilised bones.The findings include the hind leg of an ostrich-like dinosaur from 65 million years ago, a turtle intact from 70 million years ago, neck vertebrae of a dinosaur with a long neck and tail from the same period, and the arm of another ostrich-like dinosaur, this one dating back 70 million years.

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