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Jurassic Park Author Has Dinosaur Named After Him

Posted November 13, 2000 6:00 a.m. EST

— First, he wrote the dino-classic, "Jurassic Park," and now Michael Crichton has dinosaurs named after him.

Fossil hunter Dong Shiming decided to name the species, Crichton's Ankylosaur, after the best-selling author due to his popularity in China.

The plant-eating dinosaur is about 180 million years old.

Crichton's Ankylosaur andThe Dinosaur of Jurassic Park: The Lost Worldwill be on display at theNorth Carolina Museum of Natural Sciencesthrough Jan. 15.