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is a 1995 novel
by paleontologist Robert T. Bakker (pictured)
. The book is a third-person account of dinosaurs
during the Cretaceous Period
, told from the point of view of Raptor Red, a female Utahraptor
. Raptor Red
features many of Bakker's theories regarding dinosaurs' social habits, intelligence, and the world in which they lived. The book follows a year in Raptor Red's life as she loses her mate, finds her family, and struggles to survive in a hostile environment. Bakker drew inspiration from Ernest Thompson Seton
's works that look at life through the eyes of predators, and said that he found it "fun" to write from a top predator
's perspective. Bakker based his portrayals of dinosaurs and other prehistoric wildlife on fossil evidence, as well as studies of modern animals. When released, Raptor Red
was generally praised: Bakker's anthropomorphism
was seen as a unique and positive aspect of the book, and his writing described as folksy and heartfelt. Criticisms of the novel included a perceived lack of characterization and average writing. Some scientists, such as paleontologist David B. Norman
, took issue with the scientific theories portrayed in the novel, fearing that the public would accept them as fact, while Discovery Channel host Jay Ingram
defended Bakker's creative decisions in an editorial.