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Are you the first paleontologists to go to Mongolia?
The Central Asiatic Expedition's caravan in 1921.
The Central Asiatic Expedition's caravan in 1921.
 

Oh no! There's a long tradition of collecting dinosaur fossils in central Asia starting in the 1920s. But politics interfered with science. Those expeditions stopped in the mid-1920's because of political problems. Mongolia is part of China. Mongolia became a communist country in 1920, and soon after, they would not permit Western paleontologists to work there. Many years later when relations between the United States and China began again, the Museum was invited to come back. Since 1990, we've been going to Mongolia every summer to search for fossils.