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Robert T. Bakker

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Born Saturday 24 March 1945

Occupation: Scientist

Nationality: American

I want to be the Bob DeNiro of the Jurassic.

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Feathers predate birds.

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Birds evolved from a small raptor like theropod.

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Often extinctions in the ocean occur at the same time as those on land. Then again, the ice age extinctions lost many big animals, but not many sea faring ones.

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Land bridges were everywhere during the extinction, many species were spreading, and there were many diseases.

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One researcher just determined that African and Indian elephants make each other sick. When a new animal or plant is introduced to a habitat bad things happen. The biggest danger to native wildlife is foreign wildlife.

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It was not an asteroid or comet, because it would have killed everything.

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When looking at the evidence of feeding on large prey, you can see every size tooth from hatchling to adult in one spot. The babies may have been fed in the nest until they were full grown, like in eagles and hawks.

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To me it seems that the warm blooded dinosaurs replaced advanced mammal ancestors that were warm blooded, also.

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In 1941 Richard Owen said that the dinosaurs were almost hot blooded.

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I also discovered the only complete Brontosaurus skull.

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Stegosaurus was common only on well drained, dry soil.

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One of my major goals is to develop a web of the small Wyoming museums and create a major museum system. There are about eight of these museums, and they are all scattered.

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Since then I have held many jobs at museums in Colorado and Wyoming. I have also taught summer courses at the University of Colorado.

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At Harvard I was in charge of the comparative anatomy labs.

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Also, while I was at Yale, I had a job teaching kids at the museum.

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As an undergraduate I held many small jobs as an illustrator.

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The impact of the magazine was very strong. As I said, it portrayed dinosaurs as part of the geological history, part of the story of life on earth. It struck that paleontology was the career for me.

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I also got a chance to go to the American Museum in New York, which helped my interest.

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