Dragon Teeth

Dragon Teeth is a novel by Michael Crichton, written in 1974 and published posthumously on May 23, 2017.[1][2] A historical fiction forerunner to Jurassic Park, the novel is set in the American West in 1876 during the Bone Wars, a period of fervent competition for fossil hunting between two real-life paleontologists noted for their intense rivalry, Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope. The plot follows the protagonist William Johnson, a Yale student who works during the summer alternately for the two paleontologists.

Dragon Teeth
First edition cover
AuthorMichael Crichton
CountryUnited States
GenreAdventure, historical fiction
Publication date
May 23, 2017
Preceded byMicro 

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On July 30, 2016, it was announced that National Geographic closed a development deal with Amblin Television to adapt the novel into a limited global television series. It will be adapted by Graham Yost and Bruce C. McKenna and will follow the notorious rivalry between real-life paleontologists Edward Drinker Cope and Othniel Charles Marsh during a time of intense fossil speculation and discovery.[4]


Don Oldenburg of USA Today gave the novel four stars, describing the book as "Plain and simple, it's Crichton fiction — a fun, suspenseful, entertaining, well-told tale filled with plot twists, false leads and lurking danger in every cliffhanging chapter."[2]


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