If you're into paleontology and speculative biology, this name must already be familiar to you. Born in Dumfries, 1947, he has written several books about dinosaurs, several of them for children, and you might have seen some of those already in the shelves of your library. He is, however, also well known for his books on speculative biology (in other words, imagining how life would evolve in other scenarios), being indeed among the first to write on speculative evolution.
In general terms, he tends to have several flaws on his books about biology, be them about dinosaurs or nonexistent species, but usually said flaws are washed away by his creativity and by the images the authors he hired do. Usually.
Notable Works by DD include:
- After Man: A Zoology of the Future
- The New Dinosaurs: An Alternative Evolution
- Man After Man: An Anthropology of the Future
- The Future Is Wild (a co-production with many people)
Notable Tropes in his works include:
- Author Appeal: Naked mole-rats seem to have had a big impact on him; eusocial organisms explicitly based on the naked mole-rat colony structure appear in all three of his speculative evolution books, as well as in The Future Is Wild.