• Building the future of Mongolian paleontology


The Institute for the Study of Mongolian Dinosaurs is a 501c3 nonprofit organization based in the United States, and a Mongolian nonprofit organization of the same name. We were founded in Mongolia in 2007 by paleontologist Bolortsetseg Minjin and became a registered US nonprofit in 2016.

Our Mission

To strengthen geoscience education in Mongolia, conserve Mongolia's fossil heritage, promote Mongolian paleontology, and edify the next generation of Mongolian paleontologists.

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Meet Paleoartist Henry Sharpe, our Fall 2017 Featured Artist

It’s our pleasure to introduce you to our Fall 2017 Featured Artist, Henry Sharpe. Check out his painting on our homepage. We invited him to write a guest blog post about his work, and were fortunate to meet him person this month at the annual meeting of the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology in Calgary, where his work was featured in a paleoart show for conference attendees. 

Meet Undraa, our Volunteer of the Quarter

Every quarter, we like to acknowledge the work of one of our volunteers, and help you get to know our team in the process. This quarter, we’re pleased to introduce you to Undrakhsaikhan Tumen. Undraa manages the Bayanzag Facebook page and posts photos and stories from the Flaming Cliffs and surrounding community. Our Executive Director Bolortsetseg Minjin interviewed her for this post.

Protoceratops: a Frill, a Beak… and an Attitude

Protoceratops was hungry. A stocky plant-eater the size of a sheep with wide, strong feet, and a frill on the back of its head, it used its parrot-like beak to shear tough plants in a wash between sand dunes. It was not alone.

Surveying at Bulgan Sum

It was late March, after a great snowstorm, and the morning sun was shining in the clear blue sky of Bulgan sum. The ISMD team was ready to head to the Flaming Cliffs – except for one person, me.

The Frozen Cliffs

After travelling across an ocean, waiting for the snowstorm to pass, and wondering if we’d make it to the Flaming Cliffs at all, we felt we’d achieved something monumental just getting here.