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Bakker / The Question of the Day
For, me it wasn't Bakker that sparked my interest in dinosaurs initially; it
was, as everyone else has said, the dinosaurs. My dad brought me to the
elementary school book-fair and bought me the Random House Pictureback
"Dinosaurs" be Peter Zallinger. I still have this book. I think that Rudalf
Zallinger painted the pictures back in the fifties or something (If it was
before I was born, exact dates don't matter :). Some of them are OK, but
others are awfull (Ornitholestes is chasing Archaeopteryx, Brontosaurus has
Camarasaurus' head, Ankylosaurus looks like an armadillo, Teratosaurus is a
dinosaur, all the plant-eaters' tails are on the ground etcera, etcetera).
Anyway... there is a view of the AMNH's gallery old-style. By the way there
are only three people in the AMNH. I don't know about you, but every
dinosaur museum (even the Burke) has lots more than three people in them.
After that i got lots more books.
After that I sort of slacked off dinosaurs for a while; I still liked them, I
just didn't want to make a carreer of them. Then Jurassic Park (the book)
came out in 1990 (seems like a million years ago) and after reading it about
the tenth time (I have read it upwards of seventy times I'm sure) I decided
this is it, this is what I'm going to do. So then, that's when I got very
interested in Bakker. The books that I had just made passing references to
him, but still I had to figure out who is this super Bakker-god? I got
_Heresies_ right about then and I have read it and _Predatory Dinosaurs_
about ten times each (you can see that my reading is SOO diversified). So
now I'm seventeen just itching to go to who knows where when I get out of
school next year! Anyone want to recrute more for their school? Please.
Anyway.... I actually hadn't even foud a fossil untill two years ago (unless
you haven't noticed, your not really tripping over fossils in Seattle). Last
summer I went to New Mexico and found lots of leaves and didn't take them
with me because it was the first day of 12 day a hiking trip and they'ere
large pieces of rock, so I thought "Oh, this is fossil-land USA, I'll find
more." I didn't.
My favorite dinosaur is? Changes every day. Obviously T. rex, but
Carnotaurus, Velociraptor, and Oviraptor also. Mammenchisaurs and Omeisaurs
are my favorite kind of sauropod. I like Dicraeosaurs too. I like
Edmontonia, Saichania, and Dryosaurs. Also Telmetasaurus and Edmontosaurus.
I like Homolocephalus and Monoclonius (as in appertus). That's as narrowed
down as it's getting. Some dinosaurs that I wish would have stayed in the
ground are Lambaeosaurus magnicristatus and all of the Stegosaurs (I don't
really mean I wish they'd never been found).