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Do you bring back all the fossils that you find?
A mounted fossil skeleton of Allosaurus.
The theropod Allosaurus from a mount in the Museum's exhibition hall.
 

Definitely not! First of all, when we go in the field, we are usually looking for specific fossils to help us answer specific questions. For example, we collect many theropod specimens, which are carnivorous dinosaurs. Any theropod fossils we find are important to our research on the origin of birds. Since birds and dinosaurs are both theropods, they are closely related to each other.
Actually, we don't keep any of them. We work with scientists at the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. All the fossils we find in the Gobi desert belong to them. They are only on loan to us.