Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs: A Photobiography of Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews by Ann Bausum. photos from the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
National Geographic Society: Washington, D.C., 2000.

This is an impressive biography of someone I never would have known about and in an industry I would not have been likely to research. Dinosaurs are not particularly interesting to me, but what is fascinating is the way archaeologists go about finding evidence. I wanted to keep reading for the fantastic photos alone, and the content is compelling in its uniqueness.

While Andrews was not an archaeologist as defined today, he was an adventurer with enough knowledge, daring, and organizational skills to make it possible to search unexplored areas in a huge way. He was one of the first expeditioners to find dinosaur bones and eggs, although his first find was unintentional. He was looking for human remains instead.

Another aspect which is interesting is that besides the journals, letters, and other witings he did (and most others do) he also wrote books about the dinosaurs for children. After one of his first experiences (with whale hunts), he gave lectures for school children as well. The first American to be allowed to explore the area after him (in the 1990s) grew up reading his books. A possible learning extension would be to search in the periodical guides to find more current information regarding this area, the Gobi Desert.

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