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Re: before Crichton

When was "Jurassic Park?" In Robert Silverberg's "Our Lady of the Sauropods" (in Omni magazine in 1980), the dinosaurs were brought back through preserved DNA.

They were kept on an orbital platform, after the unspecified accident in San Diego. What is it about America's Finest City that attracts resurrected dinosaurs? ;)

On 7/5/2010 4:27 PM, Richard W. Travsky wrote:

On Mon, 5 Jul 2010, James Farlow wrote:

Does anybody have the citation for a rather clever little SF story that anticipated Crichton's _Jurassic Park_ in having a dinosaur reconstructed from DNA? The story was called "Paleontology: an Experimental Science", or something like that. It was written as a series of GSA abstracts, and part of the fun was that each successive abstract had one fewer author, due to "lab accidents" with the resurrected dinosaur.

There's a truly delightful story in the August, 1974 issue of Analog science fiction magazine called Paleontology: An Experimental Science by Robert R. Olsen. The author seems to be using a pseudonym but is clearly intimately familiar with geology. The story contains so many elements that occur in the two Jurassic Park films that I really wonder if there's a connection. The story even ends with the reconstructed T-Rex getting loose in San Diego!