Created By: bud0011 on August 25, 2009
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Species Lost And Found

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A combination of various other tropes, but basically it goes down like this: A species believed to of be dead (if it existed at all), reappears in modern-day society (or equivalent time period). Reasons for this are numerous, and can include:

  1. Human interference: Humans, often showing hubris, bring a species back to life with magic or science.
  2. Lost World: A sheltered world, in which the species has survived despite what is going on in the world
  3. Preserved / Sealed: Frozen in a glacier, sealed in a bubble dimension, etc.
  4. Not Dead Yet:

Often, but not always, the said species will come and play in our world.
Related Tropes

Examples dealing with Dinosaurs

Newspaper Comics
  • The dinosaurs in Dilbert has just been in hiding.

Multiple Media
  • Jurassic Park: Revived Dinosaurs by Technology. They are now left alone...mostly.
  • King Kong: Dinosaurs inhabit Kong's Island. It is a "lost" island, after all.
  • X-Men: Sheltered world persevered, despite the immediate outside world be much much cooler.
  • We're Back! A Dinosaur's Story: Time Travel brought dinosaurs into modern day new york, and they got to enjoy a circus.

Western Animation

film
  • Ice Age:Dawn of the Dinosaurs: Same idea as X-men.

Literature
  • In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, Professor Challenger brings a pterodactyl back to civilization. It escapes while it's being shown off.
  • In the videogame Fur Fighters there is a whole hidden world (which you might acutally miss) found by digging down with a seriously large drill. Once down there you find a futuristic Dinosaur society where the titular characters are stars in a children's comic book.

Examples that don't deal with Dinosaurs

Liturture
  • Another one for human interference: in the Thursday Next book series, dodos and Neanderthals have been brought back to life thanks to new technologies.

film
  • Star Trek: Whales became this via Time Travel. Not necessarily a revival (as the actual whales were alive the entire trip), but still an example nonetheless.

Anime
  • Wolves in Wolfs Rain. Thought to have been extinct for 200 years, actually hanging on in disguise. Not for much longer, though - just until the end of the world.

Tabletop RPG

Television
  • On the new series of Doctor Who, the Master uses creatures called the Toclafane as his servants, creatures that the Doctor insists are no more than a Gallifreyan fairy tale. Subverted in that they are not actually Toclafane but cyborg-ified humans.
  • Reg Chronotis from Dirk Gentlly's Holistic Detective Agency went back in time in order to save the Coelacanth from extinction, at the price of having the dodo die out.

Real Life
  • The Coelacanth was believed to have gone extinct in the Cretaceous period. Until they were found alive and well in 1938. They're still doing fine.

Troper Tales
  • A troper was slightly into Cryptozoology a few years ago, and I remember that there are quite a few examples of this in real life, including species that were thought extinct for quite some time, were discovered to be still around, but had been hunted or driven to extinction recently due to development and such.

Video Game
  • the central twist is that the Valkyria, a race believed to be extinct, still live on in the blood of two female characters in the game, and proves the possibility there could be more out there.
  • In Syberia, it turns out that woolly mammoths are Not Dead Yet and living on the titular island of Syberia, up in the north.
Community Feedback Replies: 26
  • August 15, 2009
    AvatarofRage
    In a Fantasy-verse, this is often the result of The Magic Comes Back, bringing all the fantastical creatures with it
  • August 15, 2009
    bud0011
    cool, got any examples? i don't think I've read a story with it.
  • August 16, 2009
    Arivne
    One example of fantasy creatures returning when The Magic Comes Back is the Shadowrun Tabletop RPG.

    If the species is human, it can be Contemporary Caveman.

    Dinosaurs:

    Cartoons

    Literature
    • In Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Lost World, Professor Challenger brings a pterodactyl back to civilization. It escapes while it's being shown off.
  • August 16, 2009
    Jallen

    Dinosaurs:!!

    • In the videogame Fur Fighters there is a whole hidden world (which you might acutally miss) found by digging down with a seriously large drill. Once down there you find a futuristic Dinosaur society where the titular characters are stars in a children's comic book.
  • August 16, 2009
    sephalon
    Real Life:

    • The Coelacanth was believed to have gone extinct in the Cretaceous period. Until they were found alive and well in 1938. They're still doing fine.
  • August 16, 2009
    FairyGodmoose
    On the new series of Doctor Who, the Master uses creatures called the Toclafane as his servants, creatures that the Doctor insists are no more than a Gallifreyan fairy tale. Subverted in that they are not actually Toclafane but cyborg-ified humans.
  • August 16, 2009
    robotvampires
    Reg Chronotis from Dirk Gentlly's Holistic Detective Agency went back in time in order to save the Coelacanth from extinction, at the price of having the dodo die out.
  • August 16, 2009
    Known Unknown
    I was slightly into Cryptozoology a few years ago, and I remember that there are quite a few examples of this in real life, including species that were thought extinct for quite some time, were discovered to be still around, but had been hunted or driven to extinction recently due to development and such.

  • August 19, 2009
    bud0011
    bump. needs some more organization and examples.

  • August 21, 2009
    Lee M
    Anime: Wolves in Wolfs Rain. Thought to have been extinct for 200 years, actually hanging on in disguise. Not for much longer, though - just until the end of the world.
  • August 21, 2009
    Amarys
    For Dinosaurs this is seen in Jurassic Park, and also in the not-a-hit movie Baby.

    To make this better: you might want to add specific categories. Example:

    type one: Not Dead Yet- This is a scenario where the species is thought to be extinct but is in fact hiding out, either in a Lost World, or in plain sight.

    type two: Unfrozen-this refers to that time when you looked in your freezer in your basement and found a caveman.

    type three: Human Hubris- The humans are at it again, and have recreated animals that weren't meant to rewalk the earth. Prime example for this type: Jurassic Park

    Also, I propose a rename to something like We Are Back, Jurassica In New York, or something cooler.
  • August 21, 2009
    bud0011
    @Amarys: hows this?

    1. Human interference: Humans, often showing hubris, bring a species back to life with magic or science.
    2. Hidden World: A sheltered world, in which the species has survived despite what is going on in the world
    3. Preserved / Sealed : Frozen in a glacier, sealed in a bubble dimension, etc.
    4. Not Dead Yet : This is a scenario where the species is thought to be extinct but is in fact hiding out, either in a Lost World, or in plain sight.

    Also, i am in support of renaming, but unfortunately can see Unforeseen Interprestions from the proposed names.
  • August 21, 2009
    Youmustbelost
    In video game: the central twist is that the Valkyria, a race believed to be extinct, still live on in the blood of two female characters in the game, and proves the possibility there could be more out there.
  • August 22, 2009
    henke37
    The dinosaurs in Dilbert has just been in hiding.
  • August 22, 2009
    bud0011

    Proposed Structuring

    Dinosaurs and No Dinosaurs

    Being this trope deals with Dinosaurs quite often, i at first thought it would be a reasonable way to divide up the situations.

    Situation of how they came back.

    1. Human interference: Humans, often showing hubris, bring a species back to life with magic or science.
    2. Hidden World: A sheltered world, in which the species has survived despite what is going on in the world
    3. Preserved / Sealed : Frozen in a glacier, sealed in a bubble dimension, etc.
    4. Not Dead Yet : This is a scenario where the species is thought to be extinct but is in fact hiding out, either in a Lost World, or in plain sight

    Proposed Names

    • Species is not quite dead / fictional
    • We Are Back
    • Jurassica In New York
    • something cooler.
  • August 22, 2009
    newtonthenewt
    I object! Not really, but I propose Species Lost And Found in order to simplify the name.
  • August 22, 2009
    quedonX
  • August 22, 2009
    Amarys
    Oh Species lost and found is a good one. Much cooler than mine (although Jurassica in New York oughta be used for something.)
  • August 22, 2009
    bud0011
    Species Lost And Found it is then. Also, i could of sworn it passed T-48 Hours this morn.....
  • August 22, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    I think we have this, but I can't find it.
  • August 23, 2009
    Arivne
    It looks like the "Hidden World" part is part of Lost World.
  • August 23, 2009
    bud0011
    @UT 24.218.227.133: well, if you do find it, tell up

    @Arivne: Super- or sub-trope?

    @Everyone:24 Hours left. Should i extend it?
  • August 23, 2009
    PolarBear
    Another one for human interference: in the Thursday Next book series, dodos and Neanderthals have been brought back to life thanks to new technologies.
  • August 23, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    Unfortunately, the Coelacanth is now an Endangered Species again, due to pollution or overfishing or something, Or So I Heard.
  • August 23, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    One more example, for non-dinosaurs in Video Games:

    • In Syberia, it turns out that woolly mammoths are Not Dead Yet and living on the titular island of Syberia, up in the north.
  • August 24, 2009
    Arivne
    @bud0011: "Hidden World" is a Sub Trope of Lost World.
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