• Institute for the Study of Mongolian Dinosaurs

    Building the future of Mongolian paleontology through fossil repatriation, science workshops for all ages, international outreach, and more since 2007.

Our Mission

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

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.

Welcome to Bulgan Sum

When we finally arrived in Bulgan Sum it was late afternoon and the town center’s modest buildings cast long shadows across its snow-covered streets. Cows and dogs wandered past our cars as we unloaded our luggage.

The Waiting Game

It’s been the biggest storm of its kind here in at least ten years, they’re saying. At one point, thirty-five people were missing in the area, and one still hasn’t been found.

A Day in Dalanzadgad

After a team breakfast of bread with jam, fried eggs, and bantan (a traditional meat and rice soup), we made our way to our meeting with several officials from the local Parliament.