Bob Bakker

Did Dinosaurs Invent Flowers? (with a big assist from flies and beetles)
March 2, 2016 · 2 Comments

There was a Veggie-saur revolution at the start of the Cretaceous Period — did it cause flowers to appear? Brief History of Land Plants and Critters Who Ate ThemIn today’s world, on dry land, flowering plants — aka angiosperms — are the Number 1   Ruling Class of vegetation. In the tropical rain forests, where plant species are […]

The Greatest Dinosaur-ologist Ever! The Reverend Edward Hitchcock.
April 7, 2015 · Be The First To Comment

Congregationalist Minister, Director of the Massachusetts Geological Survey, and First to Prove that Dinosaurs Had Feathers. Part Two: U-boats and the Knuckle Decipherment.(Read Part One Here) Ferocious Flat-foots frighten second grader. A cartoon from Punch 1855 shows three dinosaurs restored at the Crystal Palace as big-shouldered and flat-footed. Supposedly kids were dragged kicking and screaming […]

It’s Alive! Dr. Bakker Tells us how to make skeletons dance
December 27, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

Some museums buy fossil-kits, all the bones drilled and filled with pipe fittings so that they click together to make the whole skeletal assembly. It’s quick. But if you have an anatomically sophisticated eye, and you scrutinize the kits, you’ll see serious errors of articulation as well as a general clunkiness. For our Houston Hall […]

A Tale of Two Compys: What Jurassic Park got right — and wrong — about dino anatomy
July 23, 2014 · Be The First To Comment

OMG I was such a dino-geek in college. I had other interests — I was enraptured by sculpture and took the fabled freshman History of Art course. The collage shown here was taped together during the lectures on the Renaissance renewal of anatomically correct human form made famous by Greek sculptors. Last month, I found the […]



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