History WesternAnimation / WhenDinosaursRoamedAmerica

12th Mar '17 10:55:12 AM chasemaddigan
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* FollowTheLeader: To ''WalkingWithDinosaurs''.



* ScienceMarchesOn: The lower arms of the raptors are suspiciously scaly. We now know that they had properly feathered wings.
** The theropod hands shouldn't be pronated (kangaroo-like). Their palms actually faced towards each other.
** ''Syntarsus'' is called ''Megapnosaurus'' now, and it may be synonymous with ''Coelophysis''.[[note]] To further confuse things, the show's creatures may not be ''Megapnosaurus''[=/=]''Coelophysis'' at all, but a distinct creature that may have accidentally been named ''Kayentavenator''.[[/note]]
** According to the {{Narrator}}, ''Megapnosaurus'' and ''Dilophosaurus'' are ceratosaurs. According to recent classifications, both creatures [[http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/G104/handouts/104Neotheropoda.pdf fall outside this group.]]
** "Anatotitan" now appears to be synonymous with ''Edmontosaurus'', which does not otherwise appear in the show.
** Most of the animals shown would probably be much more colourful rather than just shades of brown or grey.
** It's likely a meteor strike was not the primary cause of the Permian or Triassic extinction.
** ''Anchisaurus'' would have run on two legs; if not have done everything on two legs.
** ''Icarosaurus'' was not the first reptile to evolve the ability to glide (this is more of ArtisticLicensePaleontology as earlier gliding animals like ''Coelurosauravus'' and ''Sharovipteryx'' were known many years before the documentary's creation).
** ''Ceratosaurus'' was by no far stretch the last ceratosaur; if anything, it was one of the earlier ones.
** ''Megapnosaurus'' and dromaeosaurids are now thought to be primarily nocturnal hunters.
** Sauropod eggs have been found in Morrison formation, even of ''Camarasaurus'', a sauropod featured in the show.
** Dromaeosaurids are now thought to have used their claws for gripping and clinging rather than slashing.
** Although ''Ornithomimus'' was portrayed with feathers; it is now known they had much more than shown, having fully feathered wings like birds or dromaeosaurids.
** ''Quetzalcoatlus'' is portrayed as a [[PteroSoarer vulture-like scavenger that was "a fish out of water" (to quote the narrator) when it wasn't flying]]. It is now pretty certain that it was quite proficient at walking and would probably be able to gallop after live prey up to the size of humans.
** It is also depicted as being scaly (all pterosaurs probably had coats of "pycnofibres") and said to weigh only 200 pounds (present estimates put it at over twice this weight).
** There is no evidence that female ''Tyrannosaurus'' were larger than males.
** Grass had evolved by the end of the Late Cretaceous.
** The juvenile T. rex are depicted very similar to adults and scaly, while more recent discoveries show they were much more lithe and slender than shown in the documentary (it is said in the documentary that the juveniles' legs were longer but the CGI showed little difference) and may have had a downy coat.
** Hadrosaurs could not chew by moving their mouths from side to side, they actually moved their top jaw front to back.
7th Nov '16 8:19:16 AM dlchen145
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* BadAss: The ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeDinosaurs Dilophosaurus]]'' mother, and arguably the ''Allosaurus'' and ''T. rex'' also qualify.
25th Aug '16 5:22:29 PM nombretomado
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'''''When Dinosaurs Roamed America''''' (2001, sometimes shortened to ''When Dinosaurs Roamed'', especially outside North America) was the DiscoveryChannel's first major attempt to [[FollowTheLeader cash-in]] on the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]]-[[{{Documentary}} documentary]] trend started by [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]]'s famous ''WalkingWithDinosaurs''. Similar to that program, this also aimed for a SpeculativeDocumentary format, and used {{CGI}} to recreate its dinosaurs, [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles pterosaurs, and various other prehistoric animals]], placing them into [[RogerRabbitEffect real-life]] scenery. The stories were told in chronological order, from the beginning to the end of the dinosaurs' reign.

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'''''When Dinosaurs Roamed America''''' (2001, sometimes shortened to ''When Dinosaurs Roamed'', especially outside North America) was the DiscoveryChannel's Creator/DiscoveryChannel's first major attempt to [[FollowTheLeader cash-in]] on the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]]-[[{{Documentary}} documentary]] trend started by [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]]'s famous ''WalkingWithDinosaurs''. Similar to that program, this also aimed for a SpeculativeDocumentary format, and used {{CGI}} to recreate its dinosaurs, [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles pterosaurs, and various other prehistoric animals]], placing them into [[RogerRabbitEffect real-life]] scenery. The stories were told in chronological order, from the beginning to the end of the dinosaurs' reign.
14th Mar '15 6:23:56 PM nombretomado
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'''''When Dinosaurs Roamed America''''' (2001, sometimes shortened to ''When Dinosaurs Roamed'', especially outside North America) was the DiscoveryChannel's first major attempt to [[FollowTheLeader cash-in]] on the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]]-[[{{Documentary}} documentary]] trend started by {{BBC}}'s famous ''WalkingWithDinosaurs''. Similar to that program, this also aimed for a SpeculativeDocumentary format, and used {{CGI}} to recreate its dinosaurs, [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles pterosaurs, and various other prehistoric animals]], placing them into [[RogerRabbitEffect real-life]] scenery. The stories were told in chronological order, from the beginning to the end of the dinosaurs' reign.

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'''''When Dinosaurs Roamed America''''' (2001, sometimes shortened to ''When Dinosaurs Roamed'', especially outside North America) was the DiscoveryChannel's first major attempt to [[FollowTheLeader cash-in]] on the [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs dinosaur]]-[[{{Documentary}} documentary]] trend started by {{BBC}}'s [[Creator/TheBBC BBC]]'s famous ''WalkingWithDinosaurs''. Similar to that program, this also aimed for a SpeculativeDocumentary format, and used {{CGI}} to recreate its dinosaurs, [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles pterosaurs, and various other prehistoric animals]], placing them into [[RogerRabbitEffect real-life]] scenery. The stories were told in chronological order, from the beginning to the end of the dinosaurs' reign.
16th Jan '15 3:38:08 AM Spinosegnosaurus77
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* TooDumbToLive: The dromaeosaurid attacking the ''Nothronychus'' head on, although both survive the attack.
** They then die when they're burned alive because they were too busy eating to run away from the fire.

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* TooDumbToLive: The dromaeosaurid attacking the ''Nothronychus'' head on, although both survive the attack.
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attack. They then die when they're burned alive because they were too busy eating to run away from the fire.
15th Jan '15 3:45:13 PM CJCroen1393
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** They then die when they're burned alive because they were too busy eating to run away from the fire.
11th Dec '14 12:36:12 PM albertonykus
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** ''Quetzalcoatlus'' is portrayed as a [[PteroSoarer vulture-like scavenger that was "a fish out of water" (to quote the narrator) when it wasn't flying]]. It is now pretty certain that it was better at walking than flying and would probably be able to gallop after live prey up to the size of humans.

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** ''Quetzalcoatlus'' is portrayed as a [[PteroSoarer vulture-like scavenger that was "a fish out of water" (to quote the narrator) when it wasn't flying]]. It is now pretty certain that it was better quite proficient at walking than flying and would probably be able to gallop after live prey up to the size of humans.
18th Oct '14 10:17:31 AM TrollMan
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* RealIsBrown: Practically all the animals are shades of brown.
13th Jun '14 2:39:24 AM swtfrrdtygju
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13th Jun '14 2:36:09 AM SeptimusHeap
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** ''Icarosaurus'' was not the first reptile to evolve the ability to glide (this is more of SomewhereAPaleontologistIsCrying as earlier gliding animals like ''Coelurosauravus'' and ''Sharovipteryx'' were known many years before the documentary's creation).

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** ''Icarosaurus'' was not the first reptile to evolve the ability to glide (this is more of SomewhereAPaleontologistIsCrying ArtisticLicensePaleontology as earlier gliding animals like ''Coelurosauravus'' and ''Sharovipteryx'' were known many years before the documentary's creation).
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