Courtesy of Casper College, by Donna Davis
|•||Discovered that dinosaurs were warm-blooded, agile runners, and good parents|
|•||Discovered that birds are descended from dinosaurs|
|•||Received AAPG Award for writing about geology, 1988|
|•||Received Gem and Mineral Society research award, 1990|
Dinosaurs were plodding, cold-blooded monsters. They were sluggish, dull-gray, and so dumb they weren't capable of decent parenting. That was the classical view of dinosaurs through the first half of the twentieth century. That was how dinosaurs were depicted in illustrations. That was what expert paleontologists believed. Robert Bakker shattered those beliefs.
Robert Bakker was the first to claim that dinosaurs were warm blooded, colorful, quick, and agile. He was also the one who first proposed that birds were descended from dinosaurs.
Bakker first expressed these ideas as a graduate student, and was ridiculed and scoffed at by established paleontologists. Twenty-five years later, the body of evidence collected to support his views is overwhelming. A reluctant scientific community has grudgingly admitted that Robert Bakker was right all along.