HOW fast dinosaurs grew up may not sound a subject that matters much to the modern world. But perhaps it does, for it may illuminate a wider problem: sloppiness in scientific procedures.
Nathan Myhrvold, CEO of Bellevue-based Intellectual Ventures and former chief technology officer at Microsoft Corp., believes that past research into dinosaurs' growth rates is flawed.
A dinosaur hobbyist who made his name as a Microsoft multimillionaire published a scientific paper on Monday alleging “serious errors and irregularities” in dinosaur research involving some of the world’s top paleontologists.
Nathan Myhrvold met Jack Horner on the set of the “Jurassic Park” sequel in 1996. Horner is an eminent paleontologist, and was a consultant on the movie. Myhrvold was there because he really likes dinosaurs. Between takes, the two men got to talking, and Horner asked Myhrvold if he was interested in funding dinosaur expeditions.