Whateversaurus
A Mix And Match Critter of a modern-day animal, and a prehistoric animal


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A lot of works are set in One Million BC. However, some works just do a few episodes in prehistory, while mostly in other eras. When this happens, they usually have a prehistoric animal be an ancestor of the characters in the show. May also sometimes occur in modern-day set dramas involving mutated animals.

However, most writers only know a few types of dinosaur. When they don't think they can pass off any of them as the ancestor of their character, they tend to use either and "Xsaurus", "Saber-toothed X", "Xraptor" or "CaveX".

Funny Animal characters are usually neanderthals unless they are antagonists.

Note that this includes both portmanteaus or mix and match critters of a modern-day animal and a prehistoric animal. May intersect with Somewhere, a Paleontologist Is Crying.

Examples:

Comic Books
  • The "Cave Cat" segment of Garfield: His 9 Lives shows Garfield as a saber-toothed housecat and Odie as a giant green saber-toothed dog.

Film
  • A number of Syfy movies. Case in point: {{Dinocroc.}}
  • Insectosaurus from Monsters vs. Aliens.

Literature

Video Games

Web Comics
  • The title panel of this Garfield strip has Odie as a Dogasaurus.

Western Animation
  • The Flintstones sometimes makes vague references to creatures like a "chickensaurus"
  • Scrat from Ice Age is a saber-toothed squirrel. However, he is actually based on a Leptictidium.
  • The Future Is Wild features a saber-toothed wolverine, a caracararaptor, and a turtlesaurus (specifically named a snowstalker, carakiller, and toraton).
  • The Looney Tunes short Prehistoric Porky shows Porky to be descended from a cavepig, while Pre-Hysterical Hare shows Bugs to be descended from a saber-toothed rabbit.
  • The Tom and Jerry short Prehisterics has Tom as a saber-toothed housecat and Jerry as a cavemouse. During the short they encounter a giant saber-toothed rabbit.
  • The Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Ugh" has Spongebob, Patrick, and Squidward as a cavesponge, caveoctopus, and cavestarfish, with Gary as a giant snailsaurus.
  • Dino Squad has many examples. Most of the mutated creatures created by Victor Veloci were mutated mixes of modern day and ancient creatures. Only the Dino Squad were 'perfect' creatures.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "The Tri-Stone Area" has Perry as a saber-toothed platypus.
  • The catsaurus and catdactyl on Bling-Bling's Island on Johnny Test.

Real Life
  • In reality, many prehistoric animals seem like this. For example, ceratopsians (rhinosauruses), pterosaurs (batsauruses), ichthyosaurs (dolphinsauruses), ornithomimids (ostrichsauruses), Dinofelis (saber-toothed leopard), etc. Subverted since they aren't ancestors of the similar modern-day creatures.
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