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Re: THE NEW DINOSAURS (and other books)
In a message dated 11/17/00 6:41:33 PM EST, Danvarner@aol.com writes:
<< I dunno, Dinogeorge. Bakker's drawing may be one of the most important,
certainly (and still, I think, his best), but as far as >influential< goes,
think one could make an argument for Greg Paul's running tyrannosaurus
restoration (pick one). Not only was it the model for the beast in Jurassic
Park, but you see it mirrored in countless restorations by other paleolife
artists. There are few echo's of Bakker's drawing that I've seen,>>
Greg's dino restorations all show the influence of Bakker's picture,
sometimes scaled up to tyrannosaur proportions, and indeed it is through many
of Greg's paintings that the Bakker picture's influence has propagated.
Indeed, Greg was Bakker's grad student for a couple of years, and when I
first met Greg, back in 1978 or thereabouts, he acknowledged how much that
one picture meant to both him and to dinosaur restoration in general.
<< and besides, what does that drawing say that Chas.R.Knight's drawing of
Ornitholestes capturing an Archaeopteryx doesn't--aside from digit #2? >>
There was no "dinosaur renaissance" following that Knight painting. Knight's
battling dryptosaurs and running ornitholestes were way ahead of their time,
as everyone now recognizes in hindsight. Incidentally, Ornitholestes and
Archaeopteryx come from different continents, so one or the other of them in
the painting isn't.