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The American Museum of Natural History – Second Asiatic Expeditions led by Roy Chapman Andrews

Between 1922 and 1930 the American Museum of Natural History had sent five expeditions to China and Mongolia led by Roy Chapman Andrews with costs totaling over $ 200 million in today’s money. Among many of the expeditions success was the discovery of first dinosaur eggs in history at the Flaming Cliffs in Mongolian Gobi.

Roy Chapman Andrews Camel Caravan

Both automobile and camel caravans traveled under the protection of the United States flag, showing that a foreign government would be angry if harm befell its citizizents.

Roy Chapman Andrews' automobile caravan

Below: Roy Chapman Andrews’ camp in Mongolian Gobi.

Roy Chapman's camp in Mongolian Gobi

Below: Andrews and Merin, the head of his camel caravan.

Andrews with Merin, the head of the expedition's camel caravan

Digging dinosaur egss

Above & Below: First dinosaur eggs in history found.

Dinosaur egg found

Huge dinosaur bones found at Flaming Cliff

Roy Champman Andrews' team

Below: Andrews hunted an Argali (wild sheep).

Argali Hunt

The supreme trophy of a sportsman’s life is the head of a Mongolian bighorn sheep. I think it was Rex Beach who said, “Some men can shoot but not climb. Some can climb but not shoot. To get a sheep you must be able to climb and shoot, too.”
….Not half a mile from the summit of the pass, the Mongol stopped and said, “Pan-yang-on that ridge across the valley.” He looked again and turned to me with a smile. “It is the same ram,” he said. “I knew he would be here.” Sure enough, when I found the sheep with my glasses, I recognized our old friend. The little ewe was with him, and they had been joined by another ram carrying a circlet of horns, not far short of the big fellow’s in size.
From “Across Mongolian Plains: A Naturalist’s Account of China’s “Great Northwest”, by Roy Chapman Andrews.

Below: Chinese squad letting the expedition pass through the area under their control.

Passing Chinese controlled area

Below: The eggs found at the Flaming Cliffs on display of the American Museum of Natural History. 2011.

Dinosaur eggs at the American Museum of Natural History

Below: How the eggs were found? From the American Museum of Natural History.

How the eggs were found

Below: How did paleontologists know that the fossil egg at Flaming Cliffs were laid by Protoceratops? From the American Museum of Natural History.

Dinosaur eggs identified

Dinosaur nests

Below: Present Day Flaming Cliffs.

Modern Day Flaming Cliffs

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