I am posting this working draft of “ANATOMY OF AN EXPEDITION: Dinosaurs,
Central Asiatic Expeditions and Diaries of Walter Granger” -or- “THE CENTRAL
ASIATIC EXPEDITIONS AND WALTER GRANGER: A Quiet Legend” because I do
not think I will ever get it finished. I will also try to post all the supplemental
information. This manuscript is still in rough shape, to be sure. Be patient…the story is
there and it is significantly different from what we are accustomed to reading about the
Central Asiatic Expeditions. My hope is that some one some day will weed and cultivate
and nurture it until it blossoms in full. If so, I give my deep thanks to that person, or those
persons. All I ask is to be included in the attribution, as well as granted a fair share of
whatever profits derive from this.
My manuscript (“ANATOMY OF AN EXPEDITION: Dinosaurs, Central Asiatic
Expeditions and Diaries of Walter Granger” -or- “THE CENTRAL ASIATIC
EXPEDITIONS AND WALTER GRANGER: A Quiet Legend”) is derived from the
diaries and letters of Walter Granger. I do not believe there is, or ever was, any other
firsthand narrative of the CAE. I think Granger was the appointed (or self-appointed)
documenter and this included routes and trails used, locations and landmarks, daily
mileage and campsites, let alone describing fossil discoveries and fieldwork along with
many other events.
“Conquest” is based on Granger: I can see many instances where Andrews ‘borrowed’
from Granger’s diary, in particular, just like Henry Osborn borrowed from Granger’s
diary of the 1907 Fayum expedition. Since I’d heard (pers. comm., T. Mylan Stout) and
always suspected anyway that the Mongolian field and scientific exploits in “Conquest”
(forget the hunting and other asides…those typically are Andrews’s) were largely written
not by Andrews, but by Granger, I decided to cross-check “Conquest” against my draft
based on Grangers’ material. I’ve stopped at p. 338, at the cancellation of 1926
expedition, and haven’t done the last two Mongolia expeditions. (If I inch forward, I’ll let
you know.) But, sure enough, as to the first three Mongolia expeditions, much of Walter
Granger’s diary and letter material can be found in the “Conquest” narrative. You’ll see
the relevant page references to “Conquest” in my draft.
The other numbers reference footnotes and that truly is a mess since I revised so many
times in haste. All is documentable, but you’ll occasionally have to do some serious
Some may find my effort appallingly amateurish, even deranged. Please know that this
work, which has been in progress generally since 1993 and more specifically after my
2002 publications, has been interrupted or suspended or constrained so many times that
I’ve lost count. (May I have some credit for hanging on this long.) Nevertheless, the story
thread I’ve developed is good.
Los Angeles, CA
Dinosaurs, Central Asiatic Expeditions and Diaries of Walter Granger
THE CENTRAL ASIATIC EXPEDITIONS AND WALTER GRANGER:
This working manuscript in draft form is distributed for purposes of discussion and
comment only. It may not be reproduced in whole or in part in any form without
permission of the copyright holder.
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