- "the views expressed (in this book) are my own, as are whatever factual errors exist in the text"
Jurassic Park the Novel was written by Michael Crichton, best-selling author of various other books, in 1989. Despite the fact that Michael Crichton had a good medical training and science background, Jurassic Park contains some factual errors and minor mistakes.
- Martin "Marty" Guitierrez first identifies Procompsognathus as an ordinary Basiliscus amoratus. However, there exists no amoratus species of the Basiliscus genus.
- In the saliva of Procompsognathus traces are found of Gamma-amino methionine hydrolase, a genetic marker. But there exists no genetic marker with that name.
- Henry Wu made the dinosaurs Lysine contingent, to make sure the animals wouldn't survive outside the park. But most vertebrates, including humans, are Lysine contingent.
- Only dinosaurs that carry frog DNA in their genome are able to reproduce. But later in the novel Alan Grant sees a couple of Dilophosaurus (for which no frog DNA was used in their production) (both male and female sex) at the river, which are performing a mating ritual. Moreover, in the sequel novel The Lost World all dinosaur species have regained the ability to reproduce.
- The Maiasaura are able to reproduce in the novel, but only one young is born. This is unlikely because a Maiasaura nest contained 30 to 40 eggs. (But, then again, they address this in the book, saying the Raptors were eating the eggs.)
- At the end of the novel, Isla Nublar is napalmed by the Costa Rican Military Air Force; Costa Rica does not have an air force, or any type of military at all.