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Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs: A Photobiography of Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews (Photobiographies) [Hardcover]

By Ann Bausum (Author)
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Explores the life and work of the great explorer-adventurer, who discovered dinosaur bones in Mongolia, pioneered modern paleontology field research, and became the director of the American Museum of Natural History.

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""You have written a new chapter in the history of life upon the earth.""

When Roy Chapman Andrews read these words from American Museum of Natural History president Henry Fairfield Osborn, he was being congratulated on his discovery of a new species of dinosaur. A stunned scientific community named it "Protoceratops andrewsi" in his honor.

Andrews led five scientific expeditions to Mongolia's desert, the Gobi, from 1922 to 1930. He was a pioneer of modern field research, but it was his team's fossil discoveries that amazed the world -- especially the first-ever complete nest of dinosaur eggs. These were remarkable achievements for a man who began his scientific career scrubbing floors at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

It wasn't easy. Along the way, he battled sandstorms, snakes, and bandit attacks. He drove through parts of the desert that had never seen cars before, and he had to have spare tires -- and every drop of gasoline -- carted in by camel.

Roy Chapman Andrews had a love of adventure that took him all over the globe. This action packed story, actual expedition photographs, and quotes from Andrews himself present a great explorer of his century -- and a grand tale of adventure

Awards and Recognitions
Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs: A Photobiography of Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews (Photobiographies) by Ann Bausum has received the following awards and recognitions -

  • NAPPA Gold Awards - 2000 Winner - Nonfiction category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs: A Photobiography of Explorer Roy Chapman Andrews (Photobiographies) by Ann Bausum has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 726
  • Kirkus Review - Children - 01/15/2000 page 117
  • School Library Journal - 03/01/2000 page 244
  • Booklist - 03/15/2000 page 1371
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 01/01/2000 page 393
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2001 page 42
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2001 page 339
  • Hornbook Guide to Children - 07/01/2000 page 393
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2005 page 382
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 479
  • Wilson Middle/Junior Hi Catalo - 01/01/2009 page 535

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Item Specifications...

Studio: National Geographic Children's Books
Pages   64
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 11.16" Width: 9.52" Height: 0.47"
Weight:   1.25 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Dec 31, 2000
Publisher   National Geographic Children's Books
Age  8-12
ISBN  0792271238  
ISBN13  9780792271239  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Ann Bausum is the daughter of a history professor, and she grew up with a love of American history and a passion for research. She is an award-winning author who has published six titles with National Geographic Children's Books, including the acclaimed Sibert Honor Book Freedom Riders. She lives in Beloit, WI. Visit Ann Bausum at her Web site:

Ann Bausum currently resides in the state of Wisconsin.

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1Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12 > General
2Books > Subjects > Children > History & Historical Fiction > Exploration & Discovery
3Books > Subjects > Children > People & Places > Biographies > Science & Technology
4Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > General
5Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Fossils
6Books > Subjects > Children > Science, Nature & How It Works > Nature > Rocks & Minerals
7Books > Subjects > Children > Ages 9-12
8Books > Subjects > Science > Technology > History of Technology

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A question of accuracy  Jan 14, 2008
To answer some of Ann Bausum's questions:

-- Who discovered Velociraptor? Answer: Walter Granger.

-- Who discovered that dinosaurs lay eggs? Answer: Walter Granger found a dinosaur eggshell fragment at Flaming Cliffs on September 2, 1922. George Olsen found the first whole eggs there a year later on July 10, 1923. However, paleontologists had theorized for years that dinosaurs laid eggs. All that was needed was proof. Granger and Olsen supplied that. Andrews did not attend Olsen's discovery. Granger did.

-- Who helped prove that mammals lived in the age of dinosaurs? Answer: Walter Granger, and his western, Chinese and Mongolian assistants in the field.

These are the correct answers, but you won't find them in this book. This Andrews hagiography is widely off base. The scientific fieldwork of the Central Asiatic Expeditions was coordinated by Walter Granger who was the Expedition's chief paleontologist and second-in-command. Andrews, by his own admission in his own publications, was not a paleontologist or a competent fossil collector.
Roy Chapman Andrews: A Real-Life Indiana Jones  Jan 28, 2002
Real-life is usually so much more interesting than the movies, and Ann Bausum's wonderful photobiography of Roy Chapman Andrews - Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs - will be ample evidence of this to any young Indiana Jones fan. Roy Chapman Andrews [1884-1960] was an explorer and is best known for the Central Asiatic Expeditions, which he led on behalf of the American Museum of Natural History and during which the first dinosaur eggs and nests were found. He is also a probable model for the character of Indiana Jones. Dragon Bones and Dinosaur Eggs puts its main focus on Andrew's life from his employment with the AMNH through to the expeditions to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia. The book is a well-done combination of photographs, text, and block quotes. The text is well-written and exciting [even for an older person like me], and the pictures help the reader to put themselves into the story. Did Roy Chapman Andrews wear a cool looking hat? [YES!] Did Roy Chapman Andrews dislike snakes and did he have a run-in with them on one of the expeditions? [YES!] I recommend this book to any young person of late elementary age who is interested in exploration and paleontology.

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