Flaming Cliffs

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The Flaming Cliffs site, also known as Bayanzag (Mongolian: Баянзаг) or sometimes Bain-Dzak,[1] rich in saxaul or Mongolian: Улаан Эрэг red cliffs), is a region of the Gobi Desert in the Ömnögovi Province of Mongolia, in which important fossil finds have been made. It was given this name by American paleontologist Roy Chapman Andrews, who visited in the 1920s. The area is most famous for yielding the first discovery of dinosaur eggs. Other finds in the area include specimens of Velociraptor [2] and eutherian mammals.[3]

The red or orange color of the sandstone cliffs (especially at a sunset), hence the nickname.[4]

Dinosaurs[edit]

Saurischian Theropods:

Ornithomimids: Gallimimus, Deinocheirus,[5]Homalocephale

Tyrannosaurids: Alioramus, Tarbosaurus

Dromaeosaurids: Velociraptor, Saurornithoides, Mononykus

Therizinosaurid: Therizinosaurus

Oviraptorids: Oviraptor.

Hadrosaurids: Ceranosaurus, Saurolophus

Protoceratopsid: Protoceratops

References[edit]

  1. ^ Colbert, Edwin Harris (1984) The great dinosaur hunters and their discoveries Courier Dover, New York,page 210, ISBN 978-0-486-24701-4; revised edition of Men and Dinosaurs 1st edition 1968
  2. ^ "Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs". dinosaurcollector.150m.com. Retrieved 2010-12-16. 
  3. ^ Kielan-Jaworowska, Zofia (1969) "Preliminary data on the Upper Cretaceous eutherian mammals from Bayn Dzak, Gobi Desert" Palaeontologia Polonica No. 19: pp. 171–206
  4. ^ Jane Blunden . Mongolia: the Bradt travel guide. 2008
  5. ^ Lee, Yuong-Nam; Barsbold, Currie, & Koboyashi (2013). "New specimens of Deinocheirus mirificus from the late Cretaceous of Mongolia". Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology Dispatches. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Carpenter, Kenneth (1999) Eggs, nests, and baby dinosaurs: a look at dinosaur reproduction Indiana University Press, Bloomington, Indiana, ISBN 978-0-253-33497-8
  • Colbert, Edwin Harris (1984) The great dinosaur hunters and their discoveries Dover, New York, ISBN 978-0-486-24701-4
  • Novacek, Michael J. (1997) Dinosaurs of the Flaming Cliffs Anchor, New York, ISBN 978-0-385-47775-8
  • Novacek, Michael J.; Norell, Mark; McKenna, Malcolm C. and Clark, James (2004) "Fossils of the Flaming Cliffs" Dinosaurs and other Monsters (special edition of Scientific American 14(2):) Scientific American, New York, OCLC 60524033

Coordinates: 44°08′18.66″N 103°43′40.02″E / 44.1385167°N 103.7277833°E / 44.1385167; 103.7277833