Mongolian Dinosaurs at PIN
Some of the most popular and dramatic exhibits in the Paleontological Institute are their dinosaurs. The PIN has been collecting Dinosaurs from the Cretaceous of Mongolia for years as part of a joint project with the Mongolian Academy of Sciences. The late Cretaceous of Mongolia is famous for its dinosaurs and small mammals. The deposits there were
At the time these photos were taken (early 1990s), many of the Mongolian dinosaurs from the PIN were part of a traveling exhibit to Australia and Japan. They still had two skeletons of Tarbosaurus (left), a theropod dinosaur related to Tyrannosaurus rex. These are from the Upper Cretaceous Tsagan-Oola Formation, and are about 70 million years old. In front of the tarbosaurs is the skull of Saurolophus angustifrons, also from the Upper Cretaceous of Mongolia. It is an herbivorous "duck-billed" dinosaur of the ornithischian, or "bird-hipped" group.