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Paleontologist examines ties between dinosaurs and the Bible

Also offers new look at T. Rex

4/15/2003 11:28:52 AM


LYNCHBURG, Va. — Bob Bakker, one of the most widely known -- and often most controversial -- paleontologists in the world, will be presenting two public lectures at Randolph-Macon Woman's College. Both lectures are free and open to the public.

Bakker will present Bones, Bibles, and Creation: A Theological History of Digging Fossils on Thursday, May 1st at 7:30 PM in room 315 of the Martin Science Building. The lecture will examine Bakker's latest theories on the curious, and often misunderstood, relationship between biblical theology and the discovery of fossils. Citing centuries of scholarship, beginning with St. Augustine, Bakker maintains that discoveries in paleontology go hand in hand with the best interpretations of Genesis. Bones, Bibles, and Creation is the College's 2003 Davidson Lecture, made possible by the Clara Willoughby Davidson Lecture Fund.

Bakker will also present another lecture on Saturday, May 3rd at 2:00 PM in the Houston Memorial Chapel. Breaking Stories in Dinosaur Science: T Rex Family Values promises to lead the audience on a Mesozoic safari, a journey of exploration back through deep time. Bakker will point out how new fossil finds and rediscovery of petrified evidence discovered a century ago has overthrown the traditional view of dinosaurs as lumbering, cold-blooded, dim-witted behemoths. Tyrannosaurus Rex was, in fact, a hot-blooded ground hawk, Bakker maintains. Breaking Stories in Dinosaur Science is particularly well suited for children with an interest in dinosaurs.

Dr. Bakker is easily one of the most recognized paleontologists in the world. His trademark hat and beard have made him an icon for the science of dinosaur studies. It is his theories and enthusiasm for his science, however, which have made him one of the science's most respected practitioners. Although he is quick to point out that he was not the first to propose that dinosaurs were warm-blooded, he is certainly responsible for bringing to light new evidence that supports the theory. Most importantly, Dr. Bakker has created a sort of renaissance for dinosaurs and their study. His infectious attitude has rekindled interest in prehistory in both children and adults.

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