Central Asiatic Expedition

It was during the 1920s that the first team of Museum paleontologists, led by Roy Chapman Andrews, trekked to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. At the Flaming Cliffs (named for their intense orange color), this team discovered many fascinating fossils of dinosaurs, mammals, and lizards.

Destination: Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Dates: 1922 to 1928
Goal: to search for fossils of ancient humans
Results: recovered fossils of dinosaur eggs, small mammals, Protoceratops, Velociraptor, Oviraptor
Participants: Roy Chapman Andrews, Walter Granger, and a team of scientific assistants

Image credits: courtesy of AMNH; quote. © AMNH.