History Series / WalkingWithDinosaurs

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* ''Walking with Monsters'' (2005), this time focusing on what came before the dinosaurs. Returned to the presenter-less format favoured by WWD and WWB.

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* ''Walking with Monsters'' ''Series/WalkingWithMonsters'' (2005), this time focusing on what came before the dinosaurs. Returned to the presenter-less format favoured by WWD and WWB.



* AfterTheEnd: The last half of the third episode takes place shortly after the Permian extinction.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: The huge eurypterid ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Pterygotus]]'' killing the alleged BigBad of the episode, ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Brontoscorpio]]''.
** Literally with the huge fish ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hyneria]]'' swallowing a [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures prehistoric shark]] whole.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: The mistakes about ancestor -> descendant relationship: the jawless, armoured ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Cephalaspis]]'' becoming a primitive amphibian missing two passages ([[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures jawed armoured fish and and non-armoured lobe-finned fish]]), and the early lizard-like ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Petrolacosaurus]]'' (portrayed as the "first reptile") wrongly becoming an ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Edaphosaurus]]'' (a ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]'' relative, thus a ''mammal'' ancestor). Another example is ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Euparkeria]]'' mentioned as the ancestor of all the dinosaurs (it was only a distant relative). And [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles chasmatosaurs]] ''were not'' the ancestors of crocodiles and alligators, and perhaps they weren't even aquatic as shown in the program.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Meganeura, Brontoscorpio, Arthropleura, Mesothelae]]'', and all the other arthropods in this spinoff.
* BookEnds: The final section of the third episode, covering the early Triassic, has similar creatures to the first Walking with Dinosaurs episode, which covered the late Triassic. It has a ''Lystrosaurus'' to ''WWD''s ''Placerias'', ''Euparkeria'' to ''WWD''s ''Coelophysis'', and the chasmatosaur and therocephalian resemble the ''Postosuchus'' and cynodonts in appearance, if not behavior. ''Euparkeria'' even has a similar color pattern to the ''Coelophysis'' seen in the first episode.
* ChekhovsGun: ''Dimetrodon'''s distaste for dung, which a hatchling exploits to make itself unappetizing when pursued by a cannibal adult.
* CrapsackWorld: The late Permian.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Has a scarier edge to the fight for survival than ''Dinosaurs'' and ''Beasts''.
* DeathBySex: The male ''[[UsefulNotes/PRehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hynerpeton]]'' gets eaten by a ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hyneria]]'' right after it mates. In an interesting subversion, this only happens because it failed to mate the previous night, so in a way, it's a case of "death by belated sex".
* EatsBabies: The ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodons]]''.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures orthocones]].
* EyeScream: A female ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]'''s eye is knocked out of her head while defending her nest.
* InfantImmortality: Yet more aversions. A juvenile ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Edaphosaurus]]'' gets eaten by a ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]'', a bunch of baby ''Dimetrodon'' get eaten by the adults, and a mesothelae spider butchers an entire nest of ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Petrolacosaurus]]'', save for the few that got away.
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hyneria]]'' is accompanied by a ''Film/{{Jaws}}''-esque theme.
* MamaBear: The mother ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]''.
* MisplacedWildlife:
** '''Carboniferous Period:''' ''Proterogyrinus'' was likely extinct by the time chronicled in this segment.
** '''Early Permian Period:''' ''Edaphosaurus'' is unknown from Europe, including the Bromacker Quarry.
** '''Late Permian Period:''' ''Rhinesuchus'' and ''Gorgonops'' are unknown from Russia and probably were restricted to the Southern hemisphere.
** '''Early Triassic Period:''' ''Euchambersia'', ''Proterosuchus'', and ''Euparkeria'' are all unknown from Antarctica.
* PrehistoricMonster: It's even titled ''Walking With [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Monsters]]''! Predators here are represented in a scarier way than the original ''Dinosaurs'' and ''Beasts''.
** The idea is kind of that this is before the Earth had a ruling class, so different groups of animals were ferociously and graphically battling it out to be the dominant species. Things become more relaxed by the Mesozoic and Cenozoic, as seen in ''WWD'' and ''WWB''.
* {{Prequel}}: Can be seen as one to ''WWD''.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** '''Cambrian Period:''' ''Haikouichthys'', ''Anomalocaris''
** '''Silurian Period:''' ''Cephalaspis'', ''Brontoscorpio'', ''Pterygotus'', ''Cameroceras''
** '''Devonian Period:''' ''Hynerpeton'', ''Hyneria'', ''Stethacanthus''
** '''Carboniferous Period:''' Mesothelae, ''Petrolacosaurus'', ''Meganeura'', ''Arthropleura'', ''Proterogyrinus''
** '''Early Permian Period:''' ''Edaphosaurus'', ''Seymouria''
** '''Late Permian Period:''' ''Gorgonops'', ''Diictodon'', ''Rhinesuchus'', ''Scutosaurus''
** '''Early Triassic Period:''' ''Lystrosaurus'', ''Euparkeria'', ''Proterosuchus'', ''Euchambersia''
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: The Devonian amphibian ''Hynerpeton'' and his mate escape from the giant flesh-eating fish ''Hyneria'''s approach by crawling onto land. Just when it seems they're safe, the ''Hyneria'' reveals how powerful its fins are by dragging itself after the amphibians and grabbing the male by surprise.
* ZergRush: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Haikouichthys]]'' against the injured ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Anomalocaris]]''.

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* AfterTheEnd: The last half of the third episode takes place shortly after the Permian extinction.
* AlwaysABiggerFish: The huge eurypterid ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Pterygotus]]'' killing the alleged BigBad of the episode, ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Brontoscorpio]]''.
** Literally with the huge fish ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hyneria]]'' swallowing a [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures prehistoric shark]] whole.
* ArtisticLicensePaleontology: The mistakes about ancestor -> descendant relationship: the jawless, armoured ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Cephalaspis]]'' becoming a primitive amphibian missing two passages ([[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures jawed armoured fish and and non-armoured lobe-finned fish]]), and the early lizard-like ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Petrolacosaurus]]'' (portrayed as the "first reptile") wrongly becoming an ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Edaphosaurus]]'' (a ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]'' relative, thus a ''mammal'' ancestor). Another example is ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Euparkeria]]'' mentioned as the ancestor of all the dinosaurs (it was only a distant relative). And [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles chasmatosaurs]] ''were not'' the ancestors of crocodiles and alligators, and perhaps they weren't even aquatic as shown in the program.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Meganeura, Brontoscorpio, Arthropleura, Mesothelae]]'', and all the other arthropods in
For tropes relating to this spinoff.
* BookEnds: The final section of the third episode, covering the early Triassic, has similar creatures to the first Walking with Dinosaurs episode, which covered the late Triassic. It has a ''Lystrosaurus'' to ''WWD''s ''Placerias'', ''Euparkeria'' to ''WWD''s ''Coelophysis'', and the chasmatosaur and therocephalian resemble the ''Postosuchus'' and cynodonts in appearance, if not behavior. ''Euparkeria'' even has a similar color pattern to the ''Coelophysis'' seen in the first episode.
* ChekhovsGun: ''Dimetrodon'''s distaste for dung, which a hatchling exploits to make itself unappetizing when pursued by a cannibal adult.
* CrapsackWorld: The late Permian.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Has a scarier edge to the fight for survival than ''Dinosaurs'' and ''Beasts''.
* DeathBySex: The male ''[[UsefulNotes/PRehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hynerpeton]]'' gets eaten by a ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hyneria]]'' right after it mates. In an interesting subversion, this only happens because it failed to mate the previous night, so in a way, it's a case of "death by belated sex".
* EatsBabies: The ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodons]]''.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures orthocones]].
* EyeScream: A female ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]'''s eye is knocked out of her head while defending her nest.
* InfantImmortality: Yet more aversions. A juvenile ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Edaphosaurus]]'' gets eaten by a ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]'', a bunch of baby ''Dimetrodon'' get eaten by the adults, and a mesothelae spider butchers an entire nest of ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Petrolacosaurus]]'', save for the few that got away.
* {{Leitmotif}}: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Hyneria]]'' is accompanied by a ''Film/{{Jaws}}''-esque theme.
* MamaBear: The mother ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Dimetrodon]]''.
* MisplacedWildlife:
** '''Carboniferous Period:''' ''Proterogyrinus'' was likely extinct by the time chronicled in this segment.
** '''Early Permian Period:''' ''Edaphosaurus'' is unknown from Europe, including the Bromacker Quarry.
** '''Late Permian Period:''' ''Rhinesuchus'' and ''Gorgonops'' are unknown from Russia and probably were restricted to the Southern hemisphere.
** '''Early Triassic Period:''' ''Euchambersia'', ''Proterosuchus'', and ''Euparkeria'' are all unknown from Antarctica.
* PrehistoricMonster: It's even titled ''Walking With [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Monsters]]''! Predators here are represented in a scarier way than the original ''Dinosaurs'' and ''Beasts''.
** The idea is kind of that this is before the Earth had a ruling class, so different groups of animals were ferociously and graphically battling it out to be the dominant species. Things become more relaxed by the Mesozoic and Cenozoic, as seen in ''WWD'' and ''WWB''.
* {{Prequel}}: Can be seen as one to ''WWD''.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** '''Cambrian Period:''' ''Haikouichthys'', ''Anomalocaris''
** '''Silurian Period:''' ''Cephalaspis'', ''Brontoscorpio'', ''Pterygotus'', ''Cameroceras''
** '''Devonian Period:''' ''Hynerpeton'', ''Hyneria'', ''Stethacanthus''
** '''Carboniferous Period:''' Mesothelae, ''Petrolacosaurus'', ''Meganeura'', ''Arthropleura'', ''Proterogyrinus''
** '''Early Permian Period:''' ''Edaphosaurus'', ''Seymouria''
** '''Late Permian Period:''' ''Gorgonops'', ''Diictodon'', ''Rhinesuchus'', ''Scutosaurus''
** '''Early Triassic Period:''' ''Lystrosaurus'', ''Euparkeria'', ''Proterosuchus'', ''Euchambersia''
* TakeAMomentToCatchYourDeath: The Devonian amphibian ''Hynerpeton'' and his mate escape from the giant flesh-eating fish ''Hyneria'''s approach by crawling onto land. Just when it seems they're safe, the ''Hyneria'' reveals how powerful its fins are by dragging itself after the amphibians and grabbing the male by surprise.
* ZergRush: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Haikouichthys]]'' against the injured ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Anomalocaris]]''.
series, please visit ''Series/WalkingWithMonsters''.
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* ''Walking with Beasts'' (2001), focusing on mammal evolution which came after the dinosaurs in the Cenozoic.

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* ''Walking with Beasts'' ''Series/WalkingWithBeasts'' (2001), focusing on mammal evolution which came after the dinosaurs in the Cenozoic.



* AnAesop: Creator/KennethBranagh's delivery of the final line in the series is potent.
-->'''Narrator:''' We have since built museums to celebrate the past, and spend decades studying prehistoric lives. And if all this has taught us anything, it is this: [[HumansAreAverage no species lasts forever]].
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Averted again, as an invading ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' kills another ''Smilodon'''s cubs, behaviour based on modern lions.
* BewareMyStingerTail: ''Doedicurus''.
* BigDamnHeroes: A ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' cub is chased by a pair of ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Phorushracos]]'' at the beginning of the ''Saber Tooth'' episode, but then Half-Tooth appears out of nowhere and scares the Terror Birds away just when they're about to eat the cub.
* CurbStompBattle: Giant sloth, meet ''Smilodon''. One slap later, ''Smilodon'' meets the Grim Reaper.
* DarkReprise: A double one. When the neanderthals begin their plan to drive the mammoths off a cliff, the music shifts from the usual "travel" theme used in the episode to a more suspenseful version with rather ominous tribal chanting and drums. The chants are similar to, but slightly more sinister than the ones during the humans' ''Megaloceros'' hunt, leaving it sounding like the unholy fusion of both tracks.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Half-Tooth. He never gives up on being the Top Cat, even after being ousted by the brothers.
** Poor Blue never stops trying to be a part of the clan. His persistence also pays off.
* EatsBabies: Young animals are very vulnerable, and convenient targets. The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures giant ants]] and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Basilosaurus]]''. The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hyaenodon]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Phorusrhacos]]'', and [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals cave lion]] try to, but fail.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Godinotia'' and ''Apidium]]'' may be subversions, as they either serve to get killed or only have very minor roles that don't influence the plot. ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Australopithecus]]'' fare better, as they get a full episode devoted to them.
* FeatheredFiend: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Phorusrhacos]] (more Badass in RealLife)'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Gastornis]] (actually a herbivore in RealLife)''.
* FullBoarAction: The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals entelodonts]], even though strictly speaking they aren't pigs.
* HemisphereBias: The last episode ends with a pull-out from the United Kingdom (due to the last scene being a pull-out from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.)
* HumansAreSpecial: Zigzagged, but in the episode where they actually appear, they are not treated any differently than any other animal, as can be seen when the narrator remarks on a pair of cave lions feeding on a straggler, at first implied to be a mammoth, but immediately after is seen to be a human.
* InfantImmortality: Averted again. The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Gastornis]]'' chick gets eaten by [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures giant ants]], some ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' cubs are killed by other ''Smilodon''s, a good many ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Dorudon]]'' calves are eaten by ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Basilosaurus]]'', a [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals brontothere]] calf is shown dead, some baby [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals bear dogs]] are killed in a flood, and a baby ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Macrauchenia]]'' gets downed by a [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds terror bird]]. In the book, the latter is replaced by a ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hippidion]]'' calf. Also, while it doesn't happen in the program or the book, there exists a promo image which shows a ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hyaenodon]]'' dragging a dead [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals indricothere]] calf.
* {{Jerkass}}: Entelodonts are portrayed as this, called "pigs from ''hell''."
* KillerRabbit: It turns out, the elephant-sized sloth ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Megatherium]]'' can kill a ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' with a swipe of its claws. Then again, it is the size of an elephant, has armour-plated skin, stands 3 metres high, and has huge claws.
* LaserGuidedKarma: ''Entelodonts'' bully every creature in their way, but get a taste of their own medicide when an adolescent male ''indricothere'' shows them who the ''real'' beast is.
* MamaBear: The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals brontothere]] and [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals indricothere]].
* MegaNeko: ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Dinofelis]]''.
* MisplacedWildlife: The only example is the Indian ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Ambulocetus]]'' being put in Germany, though it gets a weak {{Handwave}}.
* RhinoRampage: The [[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs woolly rhino]].
* [[CarnivoreConfusion Scavengers Are Mean]]: One example in Beasts: The pig-relatives [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals entelodonts]] are portrayed ''as scary as possible'', with enormously wide mouths, always-screeching behaviour, and described as "the Hogs from Hell" which do nothing else but bullying other animals; while true WWB predators like ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' tend to receive a more neutral, sometimes even heroic, portrait.
* SeaMonster: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Basilosaurus]]''.

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For tropes relating to this series, please visit ''Series/WalkingWithBeasts''.
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[[folder:Chased by Dinosaurs]]
* AnAesop: Creator/KennethBranagh's delivery CirclingVultures: Subverted; a flock of ''Azhdarcho'' (which are referred to as scavengers on the final line official website) circles over Nigel at one point, but nothing sinister comes of it. Nigel actually seems to like their presence, in fact.
* FeatheredFiend: ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Velociraptor]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Mononykus]]'', and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]]'', though
in the series program, only ''Mononykus'' is potent.
-->'''Narrator:''' We have since built museums to celebrate the past, and spend decades studying prehistoric lives. And if all this has taught us anything, it is this: [[HumansAreAverage no species lasts forever]].
depicted with feathers.
* ApeShallNeverKillApe: Averted again, as an invading GiantFlyer: ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' kills another ''Smilodon'''s cubs, behaviour based on modern lions.
* BewareMyStingerTail: ''Doedicurus''.
* BigDamnHeroes: A ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' cub is chased by a pair of ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Phorushracos]]'' at the beginning of the ''Saber Tooth'' episode, but then Half-Tooth appears out of nowhere and scares the Terror Birds away just when
Pteranodon]]''. And, while they're about to eat the cub.
* CurbStompBattle: Giant sloth, meet ''Smilodon''. One slap later, ''Smilodon'' meets the Grim Reaper.
* DarkReprise: A double one. When the neanderthals begin their plan to drive the mammoths off a cliff, the music shifts from the usual "travel" theme used in the episode to a more suspenseful version with rather ominous tribal chanting and drums. The chants are similar to, but slightly more sinister than the ones during the humans' ''Megaloceros'' hunt, leaving it sounding like the unholy fusion of both tracks.
* {{Determinator}}:
** Half-Tooth. He never gives up on being the Top Cat, even after being ousted by the brothers.
** Poor Blue never stops trying to be a part of the clan. His persistence also pays off.
* EatsBabies: Young animals are very vulnerable, and convenient targets. The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures giant ants]] and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Basilosaurus]]''. The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hyaenodon]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Phorusrhacos]]'', and [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals cave lion]] try to, but fail.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Godinotia'' and ''Apidium]]'' may be subversions, as they either serve to get killed or only have very minor roles that don't influence the plot. ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Australopithecus]]'' fare better, as they get a full episode devoted to them.
* FeatheredFiend: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Phorusrhacos]] (more Badass in RealLife)'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Gastornis]] (actually a herbivore in RealLife)''.
* FullBoarAction: The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals entelodonts]], even though strictly speaking they aren't pigs.
* HemisphereBias: The last episode ends with a pull-out from the United Kingdom (due to the last scene being a pull-out from the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.)
* HumansAreSpecial: Zigzagged, but in the episode where they actually appear, they are
not treated any differently than any other animal, as can be seen when the narrator remarks focused on a pair of cave lions feeding on a straggler, at first implied to be a mammoth, but immediately after is seen to be a human.
* InfantImmortality: Averted again. The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Gastornis]]'' chick gets eaten
or mentioned by [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures giant ants]], some ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' cubs are killed by other ''Smilodon''s, a good many ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Dorudon]]'' calves are eaten by ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Basilosaurus]]'', a [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals brontothere]] calf is shown dead, some baby [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals bear dogs]] are killed in a flood, and a baby ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Macrauchenia]]'' gets downed by a [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds terror bird]]. In the book, the latter is replaced by a ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hippidion]]'' calf. Also, while it doesn't happen in the program or the book, there exists a promo image which shows a ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hyaenodon]]'' dragging a dead [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals indricothere]] calf.
* {{Jerkass}}: Entelodonts are portrayed as this, called "pigs from ''hell''."
name, ''Azhdarcho''.
* KillerRabbit: It turns The herbivorous theropod [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]], which honestly looks like a giant goose-but, as [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Tarbosaurus]] finds out, the elephant-sized sloth ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Megatherium]]'' can kill a ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' with a swipe of its claws. Then again, it is the size of an elephant, this giant goose has armour-plated skin, stands 3 metres high, and has huge giant claws.
* LaserGuidedKarma: ''Entelodonts'' bully every creature in their way, but get a taste of their own medicide when an adolescent male ''indricothere'' shows them who the ''real'' beast is.
* MamaBear: The [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals brontothere]] and [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals indricothere]].
* MegaNeko: ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Dinofelis]]''.
* MisplacedWildlife: The only example is the Indian ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Ambulocetus]]'' ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Velociraptor]]'' being put in Germany, the rainforest instead of the desert. It can, however, be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] or [[{{Handwave}} handwaved]], as the forest is located ''right'' next to the desert.
** ''Pteranodon'' in South America? Could be migrating, but then, we've never found any pteranodon fossils there.
* PaletteSwap: Thankfully averted by the [[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs iguanodonts]] and the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Tarbosaurus]]'', as these received new animation models (or at least new details) instead of being straight reuses of almost identical models from the original series.
** Played straight with the ''Azhdarcho'' on the official website's (now long gone) picture; it was basically just ''Pteranodon'' with different colors and a shorter crest.
** Also played straight with the ''Saurolophus'', which is basically just ''Anatotitan'' with a crest, even
though it gets a weak {{Handwave}}.
* RhinoRampage: The [[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs woolly rhino]].
* [[CarnivoreConfusion Scavengers Are Mean]]: One example in Beasts: The pig-relatives [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals entelodonts]] are portrayed ''as scary as possible'', with enormously wide mouths, always-screeching behaviour, and described as "the Hogs from Hell" which do nothing else but bullying other animals; while true WWB predators like ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' tend to receive a more neutral, sometimes even heroic, portrait.
* SeaMonster: ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Basilosaurus]]''.
the two species actually had very differently shaped skulls.



** '''New Dawn:''' ''Leptictidium'', ''Gastornis'', ''Ambulocetus'', ''Propalaeotherium'', ''Godinotia'', ''Titanomyrma''
** '''Whale Killer:''' ''Basilosaurus'', ''Andrewsarchus'', ''Embolotherium'', ''Dorudon'', ''Moeritherium'', ''Apidium'', ''Physogaleus''
** '''Land of Giants:''' ''Paraceratherium'', ''Hyaenodon'', ''Chalicotherium'', ''Entelodon'', ''Cynodictis''
** '''Next of Kin:''' ''Australopithecus'', ''Dinofelis'', ''Ancylotherium'', ''Deinotherium''
** '''Saber Tooth:''' ''Macrauchenia'', ''Phorusrhacos'', ''Doedicurus'', ''Megatherium''
** '''Mammoth Journey:''' Irish Elk, European Lion
* SexyDiscretionShot: The scene of the mating ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Australopithecus]]'' even had to be censored with a ''huge'' blur for the American release (but strangely did't cut it entirely, like in Australia), because it looked exactly like the way humans do it. Even in the uncensored version there is some SceneryCensor, as the mating happens in high grass.
** Otherwise averted practically OnceAnEpisode in ''Beasts''.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The second ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' brother is fatally wounded in the original episode, but in the corresponding chapter of the book, he just runs away.
* TookALevelInBadass: Remember the scared, foresaken juvenile indricothere who vanished? When he returns, he's adolescent and bullies the major bullies of the area (entelodonts) from a watering hole. He even engages in some CameraAbuse just for the hell of it.
* TheWorfEffect: In ''Land of Giants'', a mob of [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals entelodonts]] have this on a lone ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hyaenodon]]'', but a lone entelodont is then scared away by the indricothere calf. Meanwhile in the book, it's a pair of ''Hyaenodon'' that drive off a single entelodont.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: 'Next Of Kin' focuses on the human ancestors Australopithecus.
** Averted in 'Mammoth Journey', where the humans (neanderthals ''and'' modern humans) are treated like any other predator, and the mammoths are the clear protagonists.
*** Just to be clear how much this is averted, in "Mammoth Journey" a mammoth bull casually finds two cave lions ''feeding on a dead man.'' We don't even see how he died, only the mammoth scaring the lions away because they are on his path.
* ZergRush: Most gruesomely, [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures giant ants]] against the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Gastornis]]'' chick.

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** '''New Dawn:''' ''Leptictidium'', ''Gastornis'', ''Ambulocetus'', ''Propalaeotherium'', ''Godinotia'', ''Titanomyrma''
** '''Whale Killer:''' ''Basilosaurus'', ''Andrewsarchus'', ''Embolotherium'', ''Dorudon'', ''Moeritherium'', ''Apidium'', ''Physogaleus''
** '''Land of Giants:''' ''Paraceratherium'', ''Hyaenodon'', ''Chalicotherium'', ''Entelodon'', ''Cynodictis''
** '''Next of Kin:''' ''Australopithecus'', ''Dinofelis'', ''Ancylotherium'', ''Deinotherium''
** '''Saber Tooth:''' ''Macrauchenia'', ''Phorusrhacos'', ''Doedicurus'', ''Megatherium''
** '''Mammoth Journey:''' Irish Elk, European Lion
* SexyDiscretionShot: The scene of
''Ornithocheirus'', ''Macrogryphosaurus'' (provided that the mating ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Australopithecus]]'' even had to be censored with a ''huge'' blur for the American release (but strangely did't cut it entirely, like in Australia), because it looked exactly like the way humans do it. Even in the uncensored version there unspecified iguanodont is some SceneryCensor, as the mating happens in high grass.
this)
** Otherwise averted practically OnceAnEpisode in ''Beasts''.
'''The Giant Claw:''' ''Saurolophus'', ''Protoceratops'', ''Mononykus'', ''Tarbosarus'', ''Azdarcho''
* SparedByTheAdaptation: The second ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Smilodon]]'' brother is fatally wounded in the original episode, but in the corresponding chapter of the book, he just runs away.
* TookALevelInBadass: Remember the scared, foresaken juvenile indricothere who vanished? When he returns, he's adolescent
StockDinosaurs: ''Argentinosaurus'', ''Giganotosaurus'' and bullies the major bullies ''Pteranodon'' in "Land of the area (entelodonts) from a watering hole. He even engages Giants", ''Protoceratops'', ''Velociraptor'' and ''Therizinosaurus'' in some CameraAbuse just for the hell of it.
"The Giant Claw" (the latter was ''made'' stock by this series).
* TheWorfEffect: In ''Land To ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Tarbosaurus]]'', and again, courtesy of Giants'', a mob another animal (''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]]'').
* TooDumbToLive: Nigel Marven is practically the embodiment
of [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals entelodonts]] have this on a lone ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeMammals Hyaenodon]]'', but a lone entelodont is then scared away by the indricothere calf. Meanwhile in the book, it's a pair of ''Hyaenodon'' that drive off a single entelodont.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: 'Next Of Kin' focuses on the human ancestors Australopithecus.
** Averted in 'Mammoth Journey', where the humans (neanderthals ''and'' modern humans) are treated like any other predator, and the mammoths are the clear protagonists.
*** Just to be clear how much this is averted, in "Mammoth Journey" a mammoth bull casually finds two cave lions ''feeding on a dead man.'' We don't even see how he died, only the mammoth scaring the lions away because they are on his path.
* ZergRush: Most gruesomely, [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures giant ants]] against the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirds Gastornis]]'' chick.
trope. He lives, though.



[[folder:Chased by Dinosaurs]]
* CirclingVultures: Subverted; a flock of ''Azhdarcho'' (which are referred to as scavengers on the official website) circles over Nigel at one point, but nothing sinister comes of it. Nigel actually seems to like their presence, in fact.
* FeatheredFiend: ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Velociraptor]]'', ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Mononykus]]'', and ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]]'', though in the program, only ''Mononykus'' is depicted with feathers.
* GiantFlyer: ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Pteranodon]]''. And, while they're not focused on or mentioned by name, ''Azhdarcho''.
* KillerRabbit: The herbivorous theropod [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]], which honestly looks like a giant goose-but, as [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Tarbosaurus]] finds out, this giant goose has giant claws.
* MisplacedWildlife: ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Velociraptor]]'' being put in the rainforest instead of the desert. It can, however, be [[JustifiedTrope justified]] or [[{{Handwave}} handwaved]], as the forest is located ''right'' next to the desert.
** ''Pteranodon'' in South America? Could be migrating, but then, we've never found any pteranodon fossils there.
* PaletteSwap: Thankfully averted by the [[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs iguanodonts]] and the ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Tarbosaurus]]'', as these received new animation models (or at least new details) instead of being straight reuses of almost identical models from the original series.
** Played straight with the ''Azhdarcho'' on the official website's (now long gone) picture; it was basically just ''Pteranodon'' with different colors and a shorter crest.
** Also played straight with the ''Saurolophus'', which is basically just ''Anatotitan'' with a crest, even though the two species actually had very differently shaped skulls.
* SeldomSeenSpecies:
** '''Land of Giants:''' ''Ornithocheirus'', ''Macrogryphosaurus'' (provided that the unspecified iguanodont is this)
** '''The Giant Claw:''' ''Saurolophus'', ''Protoceratops'', ''Mononykus'', ''Tarbosarus'', ''Azdarcho''
* StockDinosaurs: ''Argentinosaurus'', ''Giganotosaurus'' and ''Pteranodon'' in "Land of Giants", ''Protoceratops'', ''Velociraptor'' and ''Therizinosaurus'' in "The Giant Claw" (the latter was ''made'' stock by this series).
* TheWorfEffect: To ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods Tarbosaurus]]'', and again, courtesy of another animal (''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]]'').
* TooDumbToLive: Nigel Marven is practically the embodiment of this trope. He lives, though.
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6th May '17 11:07:49 AM Scorntex
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* JustBeforeTheEnd: The final episode begins a few months before the meteor arrives, but the narration makes clear that even without it, dinosaurs and their ilk are on the decline. The environment, turning sparse and poisonous, is killing them faster than they can reproduce.
27th Mar '17 12:06:42 AM TrollMan
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* AnimalsNotToScale: Numerous times, animals are presented as being far larger than what fossil evidence can concretely suggest, often based on fragmentary remains or dubious information. Two of the most well-known examples are the twenty-five metre ''Liopleurodon'' (modern estimates suggest a much smaller length between six and seven metres) and twelve metre ''Ornithocheirus/[[ScienceMarchesOn Tropeognathus]]'' (modern estimates suggest around eight metres in wingspan).
5th Mar '17 5:28:34 PM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* ''The Ballad of Big Al'' (2000), which tries to recreate the possible life of a RealLife ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'' named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big Al]]. Considering his fossil had over 44 broken bones [[spoiler: including the toe injury that killed him]], it wasn't easy.

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* ''The Ballad of Big Al'' (2000), (2001), which tries to recreate the possible life of a RealLife ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'' named [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Big Al]]. Considering his fossil had over 44 broken bones [[spoiler: including the toe injury that killed him]], it wasn't easy.
5th Mar '17 5:17:11 PM Chris116
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* ''Chased by Dinosaurs'' (2002), two specials focusing on two striking dinosaurs, the gigantic ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Argentinosaurus]]'' and the odd ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]]''. This was the first in the ''Walking with...'' series to feature a visible presenter (in this case, Nigel Marven).

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* ''Chased by Dinosaurs'' (2002), two specials focusing on two striking dinosaurs, the gigantic ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Argentinosaurus]]'' and the odd ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeBirdlikeTheropods Therizinosaurus]]''. This was the first in the ''Walking with...'' series to feature a visible presenter (in this case, Nigel Marven).Marven, who acted out interactions with the dinosaurs).
** ''Sea Monsters'' (2003), a sequel series to ''Chased by Dinosaurs'' focusing on dangerous prehistoric marine wildlife, from "the seventh most dangerous sea ever" up to "the first" one. This also featured Nigel Marven, and was bundled with the previous Marven specials for a 2004 DVD under the title ''Chased By Dinosaurs''.



* ''Sea Monsters'' (2003), focusing on dangerous prehistoric marine wildlife, from "the seventh most dangerous sea ever" up to "the first" one. This also featured Nigel Marven.
* ''Walking with Cavemen'' (2003), focusing on... [[CaptainObvious guess.]] Also went for the "presenter" format (in this case, Robert Winston).

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* ''Sea Monsters'' (2003), focusing on dangerous prehistoric marine wildlife, from "the seventh most dangerous sea ever" up to "the first" one. This also featured Nigel Marven.
* ''Walking with Cavemen'' (2003), focusing on... [[CaptainObvious guess.]] on our direct ancestors starting in prehistoric Africa. Also went for the "presenter" format (in this case, Robert Winston).
13th Feb '17 8:25:24 PM chasemaddigan
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* FollowTheLeader: After ''Walking With Dinosaurs'', there came a whole onslaught of documentaries with CGI dinosaurs. ''WesternAnimation/WhenDinosaursRoamedAmerica'', ''Series/DinosaurPlanet'', and ''Series/JurassicFightClub'', to name a few.[[note]]The latter show gave the [[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs allosaurs]] and ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Utahraptor]]'' identical color schemes to the original show.[[/note]]
** Every post-WWD toy of ''[[StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs Liopleurodon]]'' has been given the colour scheme it had in WWD.
17th Jan '17 10:49:25 AM MrChips2301
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* TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou: [[spoiler: Just as the credits fade in, a Gorgosaurus breaks through the screen.]]
2nd Dec '16 1:49:06 PM Morgenthaler
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* BadAss: Where to begin? [[Badass/WalkingWithDinosaurs There's at least one per setting!]]



* TheWorfEffect: A good way to show that an animal is a BadAss is have it drive off, beat up, or ''kill'' the top predator of the episode, as was the case with ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Stegosaurus]]'' (to ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'') and ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Ankylosaurus]]'' (to ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus]]'').

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* TheWorfEffect: A good way to show that an animal is a BadAss badass is have it drive off, beat up, or ''kill'' the top predator of the episode, as was the case with ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Stegosaurus]]'' (to ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Allosaurus]]'') and ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Ankylosaurus]]'' (to ''[[StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus]]'').
1st Dec '16 12:13:12 PM Morgenthaler
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* {{Badass}}: The giant sloth, also a OneSceneWonder.
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