Mongolian dinosaurs first captured the attention of scientists, and an awed public, in the 1920s, when a team from the American Museum of Natural History, led by the illustrious Roy Chapman Andrews, brought their cache of hard-won fossil material from the wastes of the Gobi to the collection cabinets of New York. Among the new finds were skeletons of the bizarre Oviraptor, the ferocious Velociraptor and the first ever dinosaur eggs. These specimens demonstrated the great potential of the Cretaceous strata of Mongolia (and adjoining regions) for shedding light onto the distant past. Subsequently, many multinational teams of scientists...

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