The perception of Reptiles was first established from the beginnings of modern day science. Carl Linneaus described Reptiles as being abhorrent because of the perceived coldness and paleness of their color. He claimed in his writings that because they were seen as a low form of life, living in the areas that were not considered desirable, that was the reason that there were not many of them.
Alan Grant would later muse upon his first sight of a Velociraptor and reflect this perception. He felt that the pace of reptiles was wrong, as they were cold blooded as opposed to the fast pace of warm blooded animals. It is this perception that led to the failure of people to properly study reptiles.