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!!'''Smaller Tyrants:''' ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Albertosaurus Albertosaurus]]'' *

''Albertosaurus'' is the most abundant tyrannosaur in fossil record, and also the second big-sized theropod by wealth of fossil material, just after the unbeatable ''Allosaurus''. And yet, ''Albertosaurus'' has not gained much attention in films and comics as ''Tyrannosaurus'' - tyrannosaurids are so similar to each other that if one appears in cinema, people will always call it ''T. rex''. To compensate, ''Albertosaurus'' is a very common sight in many paleo-books, just as common as several [[StockDinosaurs Stock Theropods]].

Naturally, it is portrayed as the superpredator of its time, North America 80-75 million years ago, 10 million years before ''T. rex''. The menu of an ''Albertosaurus'' was probably not monotonous; several kinds of herbivores roamed North American plains at the time, from ceratopsians to hadrosaurs, from the armored ankylosaurs to small swift "hypsilophodonts" and ornithomimids. Even though tyrannosaurids are classically shown [[RuleOfCool battling some powerful prey]], they more probably hunted young individuals more often, to avoid the risk of fatal injuries or consequent infections.

Compared with the legendary ''TyrannosaurusRex'', ''Albertosaurus'' was like a leopard compared with a lion; smaller (25 ft long against the 40 ft of ''T. rex''), it was also more slender, with longer, thinner jaws, smaller teeth, and more agile legs apt to higher top speeds than ''Tyrannosaurus''. Even the herbivores which shared their world were conformed to these predators; those which lived alongside ''T. rex'' were bigger, slower and more powerful than those living with ''Albertosaurus''.

''Albertosaurus'' was also the first dinosaur ever discovered in Canada, at the end of the XIX century, but was named only in 1905 (incidentally, the same year as ''Tyrannosaurus'') [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin after the Canadian province of Alberta]], where most of the abundant Canadian dinos have been discovered. ''Albertosaurus'' has also contributed indirectly to the popular image of tyrannosaurs. The forelimbs of ''Albertosaurus'' have been known since its very first find, while those of ''T. rex'' were first discovered only in the 1990s; for almost a century the well-known two-fingered hands of "rex" have been modeled upon those of ''Albertosaurus'', debunking at the time the [[DeadHorseTrope old pop-cultural]] HandWave about portraying three-fingered tyrannosaurs. [[note]]Beware, we’re talking about ''functional'' fingers, not the so-often cited third vestigial digit present in ''T. rex''[[/note]]

# '''Entry Time:''' 1905
# '''TropeMaker:''' ''VideoGame/JurassicParkTrespasser''



Sorry, these ones aren't here. If you're looking for ''Tarbosaurus'', ''Albertosaurus'', ''Megaraptor'', ''Suchomimus'', ''Majungasaurus'', and others, see [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods here]].

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Sorry, these ones aren't here. If you're looking for ''Tarbosaurus'', ''Albertosaurus'', ''Megaraptor'', ''Suchomimus'', ''Majungasaurus'', and others, see [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeLargeTheropods here]].



!!'''Porcupinosaur:''' ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kentrosaurus Kentrosaurus]]'' *

...Indeed, if you're watching a film or even a TV documentary, good luck if you’ll ever find a stegosaurian which is not ''[[StockDinosaurs Stegosaurus]]''. However, if you do, it would probably be ''Kentrosaurus''.

Only half the length of ''Stegosaurus'', its overall body-shape was almost identical to the latter… except for the armor. The usual plates on the neck and back were much smaller and paired (not zigzaging), became gradually spikes on the hip and lasted with at least five pairs of true spikes on the tail. But this is not all, ''Kentrosaurus'' had also a pair of isolated spikes arising from its shoulders. A Late Jurassic animal like ''Stegosaurus'', ''Kentrosaurus'' was discovered in the 1910s in the same Eastern-African site along with with much bigger dinosaurs like ''Giraffatitan''. Dozens of ''Kentrosaurus'' skeletons have been discovered, but with plates/spikes scattered away (as usual among stegosaurs): thus, scientists once thought ''Kentrosaurus'' side-spikes [[ScienceMarchesOn were on its hips instead of its shoulders]]. That's why classic dino-portrayals show it with spikes protruding from the pelvis instead of from its forequarters.

One mention about [mis-]spelling: '''K'''entrosaurus should ''never'' be confused with '''C'''entrosaurus . Both names mean “pointed lizard”, but the “points” of ''Centrosaurus'' were on its head: it was a ''ceratopsian''. In some old sources ''Kentrosaurus'' is known as "''Kentrurosaurus''" ("pointed-tailed lizard"), but this name is now invalid.

# '''Entry Time:''' 1915
# '''TropeMaker:''' ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon''



Sorry, these ones aren't here. If you're looking for ''Kentrosaurus'', ''Tuojiangosaurus'', and others, see [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeStegosaurs here]].

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Sorry, these ones aren't here. If you're looking for ''Kentrosaurus'', ''Tuojiangosaurus'', ''Dacentrurus'', and others, see [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeStegosaurs here]].



!!'''Gimme the club:''' ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Euoplocephalus Euoplocephalus]]'' *

''Ankylosaurus'' was the first clubtail recognized (1908), but, again, its remains were very scanty; however, its record-size (more than 10 m long) soon made it the prototype of the ankylosaurians. But North America was home for other clubtails as well, which lived slightly earlier than the namesake of the group (though always in Late Cretaceous): the traditionally most-portrayed among them has been ''Euoplocephalus'' (NOT Eu-plocephalus please).

''Euoplocephalus'' lived 75 million years ago in Alberta (about eight m.y. earlier than ''Ankylosaurus''), was 6-7 meters long and weighed around 2-3 tons, about the same weight of the neighboring ceratopsids (''Centrosaurus'', ''Styracosaurus'', ''Chasmosaurus'' etc.), but noticeably smaller than the more recent ''Ankylosaurus''. [[note]]Just like ''Centrosaurus'' and so on which were smaller than their "younger" relative ''Triceratops''.[[/note]]. Like ''Ankylosaurus'', it too had armor plates arranged in rows along its back; but the euoplocephalus' armor was traditionally thought to be ''awesomely'' more complex, which may even be described as “artistic”. A couple of flat bumps were on the neck, and two pointed spikes protruded from the shoulders. Several other spikes were placed in regular, elegant lines along its back. Even the elbows had three small round scutes each. The head was similar to ''Ankylosaurus'', with mosaic-like scutes on its roof, four small horns, and ''bony eyelids''. Finally, the [[IncrediblyLamePun club]] was trefoil-shaped and almost resembled the [[IncrediblyLamePun club]] of French playing cards.

A really cool animal to draw: in fact, ''Euoplocephalus'' appears as the actual stock ankylosaur in many dinosaur books. It's also worth noting that several alleged ''Ankylosaurus'' seen in books, documentaries and maybe even films tend to have some euoplocephalic traits, with conical horns instead of triangular, trefoil clubs instead of oval, and sometimes even the elbow scutes and the flat bumps on the neck. Despite this, ''Euoplocephalus'' is typically [[OvershadowedByAwesome non-portrayed]] in CGI documentaries, which will always prefer its gigantic cousin – the fact that ''Ankylosaurus'' could fight T. rex while "Euply" could only battle Albertosaurs etc. doesn’t help.

''Ankylosaurus'' and the traditionally-intended ''Euoplocephalus'' have long been considered the only Late Cretaceous North-American members of the club-tailed family, Ankylosaurids. Recently, two brand new animals from New Mexico have been found; one of them has received the curious name ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nodocephalosaurus Nodocephalosaurus]]'' (resembling a {{Portmanteau}} of ''Nodo[saurus]'' and ''[Euoplo]cephalus'' plus the usual suffix -saurus).

# '''Entry Time:''' 1897
# '''TropeMaker:''' ''VideoGame/TheLostWorldJurassicPark''



Sorry, these ones aren't here. If you're looking for ''Euoplocephalus'', ''Pinacosaurus'', ''Polacanthus'', ''Hylaeosaurus'', ''Scelidosaurus'', and others, see [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeAnkylosaurs here]].

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Sorry, these ones aren't here. If you're looking for ''Euoplocephalus'', ''Pinacosaurus'', ''Polacanthus'', ''Hylaeosaurus'', ''Scelidosaurus'', and others, see [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeAnkylosaurs here]].



# '''TropeMaker:''' ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}''

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''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}''
3rd Jul '16 6:56:03 PM CJCroen1393
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The dodo's fame probably started with ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', when an anthropomorphic dodo appears among the animals Alice encounters in Wonderland. The Dodo in the book is said to be an AuthorAvatar for Creator/LewisCarroll. Dodos have appeared all over the media, usually depicted in the outdated, fat, stupid waddling birds portrayal, as opposed to the thinner and more bold birds that we know they were now. They'll often be put into a post-dinosaur world for comic relief--for example, in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' where the dodos are depicted as [[TooDumbToLive possessing almost suicidal stupidity]]. Most media will also forget that the dodo is a pigeon.

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The dodo's fame probably started with ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', when an anthropomorphic dodo appears among the animals Alice encounters in Wonderland. The Dodo in the book is said to be an AuthorAvatar for Creator/LewisCarroll. Dodos have appeared all over the media, usually depicted in the outdated, fat, stupid waddling birds portrayal, as opposed to the thinner and more bold birds that we know they were now. They'll often be put into a post-dinosaur world for comic relief--for example, in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' where the dodos are depicted as [[TooDumbToLive possessing almost suicidal stupidity]]. Most media will also forget that the dodo is a pigeon.
pigeon. Regardless, the dodo will almost never be depicted as a PrehistoricMonster, unless it's mutated or something, and even then it will be seen as a joke rather than a threat.
3rd Jul '16 6:27:20 PM CJCroen1393
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The circumstances of the dodo's extinction are commonly misinterpreted. The most common explanation was that they were simply unable to comprehend that humans were NOT friendly and thus were hunted for their meat until they all died out. In reality, while it is likely that these birds were [[FearlessFool a little too brave for their own good]] (many modern birds on Mauritius still can't take the hint), they certainly weren't helpless creatures--their beaks were very large and sharp and reportedly were capable of [[BewareTheNiceOnes delivering painful nips if the dodos got agitated]]. Additionally, the meat of the dodo was said to have been very tough and oily, making it very unpalatable for human consumption. It is now thought that the demise of the dodo came along because of the invasive species brought into the island--rats and cats ate the babies and eggs while pigs and dogs ate the adults. As stated above, dodos were flightless and likely had no natural fear of predators, with only their beaks protecting them from harm, so it wasn't long before they all disappeared.

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The circumstances of the dodo's extinction are commonly misinterpreted. The most common explanation was that they were simply unable to comprehend that humans were NOT friendly and thus were hunted for their meat until they all died out. In reality, while it is likely that these birds were [[FearlessFool a little too brave for their own good]] (many modern birds on Mauritius still can't take the hint), they certainly weren't helpless creatures--their beaks were very large and sharp and reportedly were capable of [[BewareTheNiceOnes delivering painful nips if the dodos got agitated]]. Additionally, the meat of the dodo was said to have been very tough and oily, making it very unpalatable for human consumption. It is now thought that the demise of the dodo came along because of the invasive species brought into the island--rats and cats ate the babies and eggs while pigs and dogs ate the adults. As stated above, In addition to the previously mentioned flightlessness and possible FearlessFool status, dodos were flightless and likely had no natural fear of predators, with only very slow breeders who couldn't repopulate faster than invasive predators were eating their beaks protecting them from harm, young, so it wasn't long before they all disappeared.
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!! Symbol of Man's Folly: The Dodo (''Raphus cucullatus'')**

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!! Symbol of Man's Folly: [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dodo The Dodo Dodo]] (''Raphus cucullatus'')**
3rd Jul '16 2:18:37 PM CJCroen1393
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Dodos are frequently thought of as having been stupid creatures, to the point that we [[DumbDodoBird we have a trope for this portrayal]] and a proposed origin for its name was a Dutch word meaning "simpleton". We now know that dodos were no more or less intelligent than any other pigeon and that because it was a pigeon, a more likely origin for its name was [[PokemonSpeak the sound it made, which most likely sounded like a soft "doo-doo"]]. The dodo had a cousin on a neighboring island called the Rodriguez solitaire--which sadly also went extinct--and its closest living relative is the Nicobar pigeon.

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Dodos are frequently thought of as having been stupid creatures, to the point that we [[DumbDodoBird we have a trope for this portrayal]] and a proposed origin for its name was a Dutch word meaning "simpleton". We now know that dodos were no more or less intelligent than any other pigeon and that because it was a pigeon, a more likely origin for its name was [[PokemonSpeak the sound it made, which most likely sounded like a soft "doo-doo"]]. The dodo had a cousin on a neighboring island called the Rodriguez solitaire--which sadly also went extinct--and its closest living relative is the Nicobar pigeon.
2nd Jul '16 11:20:49 PM CJCroen1393
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Dodos are frequently thought of as having been stupid creatures, to the point that a proposed origin for its name was a Dutch word meaning "simpleton". We now know that dodos were no more or less intelligent than any other pigeon and that because it was a pigeon, a more likely origin for its name was [[PokemonSpeak the sound it made, which most likely sounded like a soft "doo-doo"]]. The dodo had a cousin on a neighboring island called the Rodriguez solitaire--which sadly also went extinct--and its closest living relative is the Nicobar pigeon.

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Dodos are frequently thought of as having been stupid creatures, to the point that we [[DumbDodoBird we have a trope for this portrayal]] and a proposed origin for its name was a Dutch word meaning "simpleton". We now know that dodos were no more or less intelligent than any other pigeon and that because it was a pigeon, a more likely origin for its name was [[PokemonSpeak the sound it made, which most likely sounded like a soft "doo-doo"]]. The dodo had a cousin on a neighboring island called the Rodriguez solitaire--which sadly also went extinct--and its closest living relative is the Nicobar pigeon.
pigeon.
2nd Jul '16 11:11:16 PM CJCroen1393
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The dodo's fame probably started with ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', when an anthropomorphic dodo appears among the animals Alice encounters in Wonderland. The Dodo in the book is said to be an AuthorAvatar for Creator/LewisCarrol. Dodos have appeared all over the media, usually depicted in the outdated, fat, stupid waddling birds portrayal, as opposed to the thinner and more bold birds that we know they were now. They'll often be put into a post-dinosaur world for comic relief--for example, in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' where the dodos are depicted as [[TooDumbToLive possessing almost suicidal stupidity]]. Most media will also forget that the dodo is a pigeon.

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The dodo's fame probably started with ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', when an anthropomorphic dodo appears among the animals Alice encounters in Wonderland. The Dodo in the book is said to be an AuthorAvatar for Creator/LewisCarrol.Creator/LewisCarroll. Dodos have appeared all over the media, usually depicted in the outdated, fat, stupid waddling birds portrayal, as opposed to the thinner and more bold birds that we know they were now. They'll often be put into a post-dinosaur world for comic relief--for example, in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' where the dodos are depicted as [[TooDumbToLive possessing almost suicidal stupidity]]. Most media will also forget that the dodo is a pigeon.
2nd Jul '16 11:09:50 PM CJCroen1393
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Perhaps the most recently extinct stock dinosaur, having been wiped out before 1700, the dodo was a turkey-sized flightless pigeon that lived on the isolated island of Mauritius. The pigeons it was descended from almost certainly flew to the island, but because there were no land predators, the dodo evolved secondary flightlessness, no longer needing the luxury of flight--which may have been an evolutionary mistake, considering [[KillEmAll what happened when humans and their pets showed up]].

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Perhaps the most recently extinct stock dinosaur, having been wiped out before 1700, the dodo was a turkey-sized flightless pigeon that lived on the isolated island of Mauritius. The pigeons it was descended from almost certainly flew to the island, but because there were no land predators, the dodo evolved secondary flightlessness, no longer needing the luxury of flight--which may have been an evolutionary mistake, considering [[KillEmAll what happened when humans and their pets showed up]].
up]]. Its diet likely comprised of fruit and seeds, as well as possibly insects.

The circumstances of the dodo's extinction are commonly misinterpreted. The most common explanation was that they were simply unable to comprehend that humans were NOT friendly and thus were hunted for their meat until they all died out. In reality, while it is likely that these birds were [[FearlessFool a little too brave for their own good]] (many modern birds on Mauritius still can't take the hint), they certainly weren't helpless creatures--their beaks were very large and sharp and reportedly were capable of [[BewareTheNiceOnes delivering painful nips if the dodos got agitated]]. Additionally, the meat of the dodo was said to have been very tough and oily, making it very unpalatable for human consumption. It is now thought that the demise of the dodo came along because of the invasive species brought into the island--rats and cats ate the babies and eggs while pigs and dogs ate the adults. As stated above, dodos were flightless and likely had no natural fear of predators, with only their beaks protecting them from harm, so it wasn't long before they all disappeared.

Dodos are frequently thought of as having been stupid creatures, to the point that a proposed origin for its name was a Dutch word meaning "simpleton". We now know that dodos were no more or less intelligent than any other pigeon and that because it was a pigeon, a more likely origin for its name was [[PokemonSpeak the sound it made, which most likely sounded like a soft "doo-doo"]]. The dodo had a cousin on a neighboring island called the Rodriguez solitaire--which sadly also went extinct--and its closest living relative is the Nicobar pigeon.



The circumstances of the dodo's extinction are commonly misinterpreted. The most common explanation was that they were simply unable to comprehend that humans were NOT friendly and thus were hunted for their meat until they all died out. In reality, while it is likely that these birds were [[FearlessFool a little too brave for their own good]] (many modern birds on Mauritius still can't take the hint), they certainly weren't helpless creatures--their beaks were very large and sharp and reportedly were capable of [[BewareTheNiceOnes delivering painful nips if the dodos got agitated]]. Additionally, the meat of the dodo was said to have been very tough and oily, making it very unpalatable for human consumption. It is now thought that the demise of the dodo came along after the

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The circumstances of the dodo's extinction are commonly misinterpreted. fame probably started with ''Literature/AlicesAdventuresInWonderland'', when an anthropomorphic dodo appears among the animals Alice encounters in Wonderland. The most common explanation was Dodo in the book is said to be an AuthorAvatar for Creator/LewisCarrol. Dodos have appeared all over the media, usually depicted in the outdated, fat, stupid waddling birds portrayal, as opposed to the thinner and more bold birds that we know they were simply unable to comprehend that humans were NOT friendly and thus were hunted now. They'll often be put into a post-dinosaur world for their meat until they all died out. In reality, while it is likely that these birds were [[FearlessFool a little too brave for their own good]] (many modern birds on Mauritius still can't take the hint), they certainly weren't helpless creatures--their beaks were very large and sharp and reportedly were capable of [[BewareTheNiceOnes delivering painful nips if comic relief--for example, in ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'' where the dodos got agitated]]. Additionally, the meat of are depicted as [[TooDumbToLive possessing almost suicidal stupidity]]. Most media will also forget that the dodo was said to have been very tough and oily, making it very unpalatable for human consumption. It is now thought that the demise of the dodo came along after the
a pigeon.

# '''Entry Time:''' 1865
# '''Trope Maker:''' ''Alice's Adventures in Wonderland''
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!! Symbol of Man's Folly: The Dodo (''Raphus cucullatus'')**

Perhaps the most recently extinct stock dinosaur, having been wiped out before 1700, the dodo was a turkey-sized flightless pigeon that lived on the isolated island of Mauritius. The pigeons it was descended from almost certainly flew to the island, but because there were no land predators, the dodo evolved secondary flightlessness, no longer needing the luxury of flight--which may have been an evolutionary mistake, considering [[KillEmAll what happened when humans and their pets showed up]].

The dodo is quite possibly the most famous extinct animal that ''didn't'' come from the Mesozoic, to the point that a notable euphemism for death or obsolescence is "going the way of the dodo" or "dead as a dodo". On a more serious note, the dodo's extinction is one of the things that has motivated humankind to try and be more environmentally minded--after all, we were able to wipe this innocent, goofy-looking bird out of extinction, who's to say we won't end up wiping out more species? Sadly, not everyone got the hint, not to mention we lost many species ''before'' the dodo too.

The circumstances of the dodo's extinction are commonly misinterpreted. The most common explanation was that they were simply unable to comprehend that humans were NOT friendly and thus were hunted for their meat until they all died out. In reality, while it is likely that these birds were [[FearlessFool a little too brave for their own good]] (many modern birds on Mauritius still can't take the hint), they certainly weren't helpless creatures--their beaks were very large and sharp and reportedly were capable of [[BewareTheNiceOnes delivering painful nips if the dodos got agitated]]. Additionally, the meat of the dodo was said to have been very tough and oily, making it very unpalatable for human consumption. It is now thought that the demise of the dodo came along after the
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In the New Tens, ''Maiasaura'''s makes its first notable film appearance in the Japanese animated movie ''Anime/YouAreUmasou'' where it's shown to live up to the "Good Mother" in its name, [[HeartwarmingMoments taking in an orphaned ''Tyrannosaurus'' and lovingly raising it as its own along with its biological children]].

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In the New Tens, ''Maiasaura'''s ''Maiasaura'' makes its first notable film appearance in the Japanese animated movie ''Anime/YouAreUmasou'' where it's shown to live up to the "Good Mother" in its name, [[HeartwarmingMoments taking in an orphaned ''Tyrannosaurus'' orphaned]] ''[[HeartwarmingMoments Tyrannosaurus]]'' [[HeartwarmingMoments and lovingly raising it as its own along with its biological children]].
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