Raptor Red by Robert T. Bakker

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Paleontologist/author Robert Bakker is acknowledged as a rebel in his field, thought by many to have been the model for the paleontologist character in the novel and the movie Jurassic Park. This astonishing novel of love, loyalty, family, and survival tells the compelling story of a year in the life of one of a female Utahraptor, told entirely from the animal's point of view.

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Dr. Robert T. Bakker is one of the most respected vertebrate paleontologists in the world. He is often credited with starting the "Dinosaur Renaissance." He lives in Boulder, Colorado. Luis V. Rey's dinosaur paintings can be seen in museums throughout the world. His book "Extreme Dinosaurs" received a 2001 Parent's Choice Gold Award. He lives in London, England. "From the Trade Paperback edition.
Published March 1, 1996 by Thorndike Pr. 362 pages
Genres: Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Travel. Fiction

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The author knows his Disney as well as his dinosaurs: Red loses her mate in the first chapter, scrambles to survive, has a joyous reunion with her sister and her three chicks, and meets a cute raptor.

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Narrated from the point of view of a dinosaur, paleontologist Bakker's novel is filled with facts and informed speculations regarding dinosaur life.

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Entertainment Weekly

B+ Originally posted Aug 16, 1996 Published in issue #340 Aug 16, 1996 Order article reprints

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Entertainment Weekly

Time now for the romance of Raptor Red, the real-life drama of a young dinosaur who — when early Cretaceous life mocks her, breaks her hopes, dashes her against the rocks of despair — fights back bravely, successfully, to prove what so many hot-blooded, 500-pound, kickboxing female raptors long t...

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This career retrospective includes some 100 color reproductions of Minor's dreamlike jackets for such books as Terms of Endearment, Truman and To Kill a Mockingbird, as well as glowing tributes from grateful authors like Fannie Flagg ("Next time, I think I'll have Wendell do the cover first, and ...

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The New York Review of Books

Lizards and turtles have similar subspecies markings, as do birds, and since the bird-shaped dinosaurs eventually became the birds, it is not too much for Bakker to suppose that dinosaurs, like birds, could distinguish tribal from nontribal members by a stripe or two.

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Scientific American

If the crocodylians really are using the sticks as bait to attract their bird prey, this is tool use, since the sticks are objects that are being employed for a specific function.

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On June 11, 1993, Steven Spielberg's Jurassic Park hit theaters, wowing audiences with its incredibly lifelike depictions of dinosaurs.

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