Sunday, May 25, 2008

Put this in your Trivial Pursuit pipe...

It was in the turbulent period of 1922-30, a time when the Soviets were still establishing themselves in Mongolia--when the Gobi was still accessible to Americans--that Roy Chapman Andrews of the Museum of Natural History in New York conducted several expeditions there, scouring the desert for dinosaur fossils. Chapman Andrews was a charismatic, larger-than-life big-game hunter and scholar-adventurer who uncovered the first skeleton of Velociraptor, the star dinosaur in Steven Speilberg's movie Jurrassic Park. Chapman Andrews would later become the prototype for the fictional archaeologist-explorer Indiana Jones in the movies of George Lucas.

P. 97, Robert D. Kaplan's Imperial Grunts.

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