The Baluchitherium Of Chapman Andrews

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The idea that monsters do exist comes probably from the finding of fossil remains long before their original was scientifically explained for the first time, around 1850 when the science of palaeontology was born, but aside from the fact that we know the origins of those bones turned into stone, they don't cease to fascinate us. Moreover: dinosaur fossils are extremely valuable, surpassing millions of dollars in net worth.

And those 'monsters' have a lot to do with luck, too, as the case of Roy Chapman Andrews demonstrates: this was an explorer that went from the United States to Mongolia during the early years of the twentieth century, looking for archaeological remains of the first stages of human civilisation, but while he found none of that, he ran across something much better and interesting: he was the first person that found fossilised dinosaur eggs, as well as the remains of lots of then-unknown dinosaur and early mammal species. In fact, he unearthed in Mongolia some of the biggest and most important fossil beds in the whole world.

And one of his findings was what he called then 'Baluchitherium,' known also as 'Indricotherium,' which is so far the biggest land mammal found: this was an oversized rhinoceros taller than 7m and weighting about 30 tonnes. That animal lived in what is now Mongolia about thirty million years ago.

So Mr. Chapman Andrews went there looking for something that he could not find, but evidently luck was on his side, for he found something totally unexpected and of an extremely high value. Clearly, we should also trust our luck.

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