Roy Chapman Andrews 1884-1960
Today, March 11th, marks the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Roy Chapman Andrews one of the most colourful and fascinating naturalists and museum scientists of the 20th Century. He led a number of pioneering expeditions to the Gobi desert of central Asia in the early 1920’s and although the original objective of these scientific expeditions was to find mammal fossils, he is best remembered for the dinosaurs he helped discover.
Working for the American Museum of Natural History (New York), Roy Chapman Andrews and his colleagues on these expeditions discovered the first-known fossilised dinosaur nests and hatchlings as well as many new dinosaurs including Protoceratops, Velociraptor and Oviraptor.
Many people believe that the real life adventures of Roy Chapman Andrews formed the basis for the fictional character Indiana Jones.
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Although regarded as a maverick by some academics, the contribution of Roy Chapman Andrews to the collection of the American Museum of Natural History is widely recognised. Indeed, many of the methods and techniques pioneered by his team in the 1920s in their expeditions to remote parts of the world are still used by scientific expeditions today.