The novel was unearthed from the late author’s archives

By Derek Lawrence
Updated July 28, 2016 at 11:23 PM EDT
Credit: Gundula Krause/ullstein bild via Getty Images

Michael Crichton spawned a billion-dollar franchise with Jurassic Park, and now a previously undiscovered work from the late author is returning to the world of paleontology.

Dragon Teeth follows the rivalry of two real-life paleontologists in the American West in 1878, the golden age of American fossil hunting. The story is told through the tales of a young fictional character who has apprenticed for both men and ends up making historic discoveries.

“When I came across the Dragon Teeth manuscript in the files, I was immediately captivated,” says Sherri Crichton, the author’s widow. “It has Michael’s voice, his love of history, research and science all dynamically woven into an epic tale. Dragon Teeth was clearly a very important book for Michael. I’m so pleased to continue the long relationship that he shared with HarperCollins with its publication.”

The author, who died in 2008, was not only a bestselling author, but he also co-wrote many of the movies based on his novels and created the long-running NBC drama ER.

HarperCollins is set to release Dragon Teeth in May 2017.