Dinosaur Detectives (S/F)

Written by Dr. Alan Grant and Michael Backes, Dinosaur Detectives was a paleontology reference book taken by Tim Murphy to Isla Nublar. It is implied that the book referred to the theory that non-avian dinosaurs evolved into avians after the K-T extinction, an idea which Tim initially found absurd. The book’s blurb, which was a quote from Martin Kline of Columbia University, read “Whether you like dinosaurs or not, this book will open your eyes to the truly fascinating world of paleontology. A refreshingly bright overview of these so called dinosaur detectives…Loads of good stuff!” According to Dr. Ellie Sattler, Dinosaur Detectives was fully illustrated. It also contained a forward written by Lord Richard Attenborough, who played Dr. John Hammond in Jurassic Park and The Lost World: Jurassic Park. The design of the cover appears to be at least partly inspired by Dr. Jack Horner’s book, Digging Dinosaurs, which, interestingly enough, contains a forward by iconic naturalist and brother to Lord Attenborough, Sir David Attenborough.