Gregory S. Paul

gregpaulGregory S. Paul (born December 24, 1954) is an author, researcher, and paleontological illustrator. Paul has been restoring dinosaurs via illustration for over thirty years. In the 1970’s, Paul, working with paleontologists and doing his own research, helped to pioneer the look of dinosaurs.  He was among the first artists to depict dinosaurs as warm-blooded and active. Paul also was one of the first artist to add feathers to dinosaurs, albeit mainly on smaller animals. During the years through 1977 to 1984, Paul worked with renowned paleontologist Robert T. Bakker. Since the 1970’s Paul’s work has appeared in over one hundred books and documentaries.  He is also credited with the naming of at least twelve dinosaurs. In the early 1990’s Paul worked as a consultant for both the novel and the film adaptation of Jurassic Park. In fact, the Velociraptor in the both adaptations is most likely based on Paul’s (incorrect) reevaluation of Deinonychus to Velociraptor “antirrhopus” in his book Predatory Dinosaurs of the World. Some of Paul’s work is also featured within the film and can be seen in Grant’s trailer.

Selected Works

  • Predatory Dinosaurs of the World  (1988)
  • The Complete Illustrated Guide to Dinosaur Skeletons  (1996)
  • The Scientific American Book of Dinosaurs  (2000)
  • Dinosaurs of the Air  (2001)
  • Gregory S. Paul’s Dinosaur Coffee Table Book  (2010)
  • The Princeton Field Guide to Dinosaurs  (2010)