Dragon Hunter: Roy Chapman Andrews and the Central Asiatic Expeditions

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Viking, 2001 - History - 344 pages
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"The New York Times science editor John Noble Wilford has called it "the most celebrated fossil-hunting expedition of the twentieth century." Led by the world-renowned explorer Roy Chapman Andrews and financed by J.P. Morgan, Jr., John D. Rockefeller, Jr., Childs Frick, and a host of other Wall Street titans, the Central Asiatic Expeditions (1922-1930) comprised the most ambitious scientific venture ever launched from the United States. Under the auspices of the American Museum of Natural History, Andrews conducted five expeditions to the last uncharted corner of the world: the Gobi Desert of Outer and Inner Mongolia. Using automobiles supported by camel caravans, Andrews' expeditions stumbled upon unimagined scientific wonders: the Flaming Cliffs, dinosaur eggs, the first skeleton on Velociraptor (the terrifying killer of Jurassic Park fame), and a fossil treasure trove of other dinosaurs and extinct mammals." "In Dragon Hunter, Charles Gallenkamp recounts these discoveries and the adventures that attended them. Filled with tales of Andrews and his team braving raging sandstorms and murderous bandits, enduring civil wars and political intrigue, and reveling in the fascinating world of Peking's foreign colony, Dragon Hunter also traces the religious controversy over evolution that the anti-imperialist conflicts involving China, Mongolia, and the United States that were sparked by Andrews' expeditions."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

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The Gobi desert is one of the world's best spots to find dinosaur bones. It was the same environment 100 million years ago. Dinosaurs were often caught in sand storms, or sand avalanches, or quick ... Read full review

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Wonderful introduction to Andrews, the apparent (and fitting) inspiration for Indiana Jones. Highly recommended and will make you want to hunt down Andrews' own books. Read full review


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Charles Gallenkamp is the author of "Maya: The Riddle and Rediscovery of a Lost Civilization,

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