Robert T. Bakker
From Academic Kids
Robert T. Bakker (Bob Bakker) (born March 24, 1945) in Bergen, New Jersey, is a famous American paleontologist who has helped re-shape modern theories about dinosaurs, particularly by adding support to the theory that some dinosaurs were homeothermic (warm-blooded). His special field is the ecological context and behavior of dinosaurs. His book The Dinosaur Heresies first propelled him to popular attention. He has been a major proponent of the theory that dinosaurs were "warm-blooded," smart, fast and adaptable. He published his first paper on dinosaur endothermy in 1968. He revealed the first evidence of parental care at nesting sites for Allosaurus. Bakker was among the advisors for the film Jurassic Park. With a cowboy hat and his huge beard, in cowboy-biker style, he effectively communicates his skeptical enthusiasm for his subject, so that he is in demand as a talking head for dinosaur documentaries.
At Yale, Bakker studied under John Ostrom, an early proponent of the new view of dinosaurs, and gained a PhD at Harvard. He began by teaching anatomy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland. Most of his field work has been done in Colorado, especially at Como Bluff, but he has ranged as far as Mongolia and South Africa in pursuit of dinosaur habitats. Bakker is currently adjunct curator of the Tate Geological Museum, Casper College, Wyoming, where he is helping smaller natural history museums in the state link together.
His novel Raptor Red (ISBN 0785799729) tells the life of a female Utahraptor of the lower Cretaceous. In the story, Bakker elaborates on his theories of the behavior of dromaeosaurids ("raptor" dinosaurs) and life at the time of their existence.
- Interview with Bakker (http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Galaxy/8152/robertbakker.html)
- http://www.prehistoricplanet.com/features/articles/bakker/ -- Interview about his new book on creationism, theology, St. Augustine vs. evolution
- Steve Brusatte, "The Joker Who Says that Dinosaurs May Have Been Warmblooded" (http://www.dinodata.net/DNM/bakker.htm), a sketch of Bakker's career
- http://search.eb.com/dinosaurs/dinosaurs/obakker001p4a.html -- A picture of him at Como Bluff, Wyoming
- http://www.cartage.org.lb/en/themes/Biographies/MainBiographies/B/Bakker/1.html -- A biographical article
- http://www.etsu.edu/physics/plntrm/dino/after1960.htm An overview of modern paleontology which devotes a couple paragraphs and pictures to Bakker
- http://www.jpinstitute.com/about_jpi/aj_bob.jsp -- another profile
- http://www.dinodata.net/Refs/B/BAKKER.htm -- list of Bakker's publications