Gobi Expeditions

Every summer since 1991, Museum paleontologists join Mongolian scientists in the Gobi Desert. During these expeditions, a 15-member team endures blazing heat, brutal sandstorms, surprise flash floods, and no showers. Why do they put up with these crazy conditions? Two words: fabulous fossils.

Destination: Gobi Desert, Mongolia
Dates: 1991 to present
Goal: to collect Cretaceous Period fossils
Results: the discovery of an amazing fossil site called Ukhaa Tolgod (OOK-ah TOL-gud), an Oviraptor nest, and many fossil mammals
Participants: paleontologists Mike Novacek and Mark Norell, scientists, fossil preparators, students, cooks, and car mechanics

Image credits: courtesy Discovery Channel Online.