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Dr. Richard Levine is a paleontologist or paleobiologist. Like John Hammond, he is only interested in details, and does not much think of the consequences of his actions, and so like Hammond he is the exact opposite of Ian Malcolm. Despite being a main character in the book The Lost World, Levine is not featured in the movie version. Instead, in the film, some of his actions were transferred to Sarah Harding and John Hammond.
Appearance and Personality Edit
He is precise in his movements and manner. He is generally agreed to be the best paleontologist of his generation. Most people find him pompous and arrogant. He never performs field work, he prefers to examine museum samples.
Early life Edit
Richard Levine was probably born in the early 1960s, since he is in his early thirties in 1994. Levine is the Estate of a famous toy series, the Becky Dolls. Therefore he is quite rich and does whatever he likes.
Education and work Edit
Levine studied biology at Yale University together with Martin Guitierrez. Levine quit the doctoral program to get his degree in comparative zoology. His interest became focused on prehistoric life. He became a famous paleontologist at Berkeley.
Search for the Lost World Edit
1 August 1994 Levine visits Malcolm's talk "Life at the Edge of Chaos" at the Santa Fe Institute. He persuades Malcolm to help him to search for dinosaurs in Costa Rica.
A judge ordered Levine to do public service time after a massive speeding violation, and he complied by teaching a seventh grade class, which is how he met Arby Benton and Kelly Curtis, both of whom he would eventually develop an almost paternal relationship towards. Levine coincidentally learns that he is not the only one looking for the 'lost world', and he rushes to Isla Sorna without informing Malcolm or Jack Thorne.
Isla Sorna Edit
- Levine rides a bright-red Ferrari.
- Levine may know German, because when Jack Thorne, Arby Benton and Kelly Curtis went into his house, they saw some books with German title on the desk.