Happy Birthday, Roy Chapman Andrews!
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Born January 26, 1880, explorer Roy Chapman Andrews would later become best known for his globetrotting ways and was even said to be the model for movie icon Indiana Jones.
Interested in Andrews's adventurous life? In honor of his birthday, here are a few places around our site (and at the Museum) to learn more.
1. Whales Researcher, 1908−1913
Early in his career at the Museum, Andrews spent time in the field—or rather, at sea—studying whales. Click here to read all about it.
2. Leader of the Central Asiatic Expeditions to Mongolia's Gobi Desert, 1921−1930
In honor of his role as leader of the Central Asiatic Expeditions to Mongolia, during which his team discovered numerous important dinosaur and mammal bones, Andrews had many fossils named for him, including that of perhaps the largest meat-eating land mammal that ever lived: Andrewsarchus mongoliensis. (You can find a cast on display on the Museum's fourth floor, in Paul and Irma Milstein Hall of Advanced Mammals.)
They also discovered the largest plant-eating land mammal ever to live, called Indricotherium. You can see the gigantic skull of the animal in the Paul and Irma Milstein Hall of Advanced Mammals.
In Mongolia, his team also discovered many new dinosaur fossils, including the first nests of dinosaur eggs, some of which you can find on display on the Museum's fourth floor, in the Hall of Ornithiscian Dinosaurs.
3. Director of the American Museum of Natural History, 1935−1942, and Writer
Andrews became director of the Museum in 1935, the same year the Hayden Planetarium first opened. Learn more about the history of the Museum in a timeline. Always a prolific writer, Andrews later retired in order to write more books. You can find many of them in the Museum's library and also online.