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".
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
- 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.
- After Man: A Zoology of the Future has saber-toothed weasels and monkeyraptors,
- The book Science Made Stupid, a parody of children's science books, has a puppisaurus in a sidebar about mammal-like reptiles (the group is real, but it didn't include a puppisaurus).
- The title panel of this Garfield strip has Odie as a Dogasaurus.
- 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 SpongeBob SquarePants 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.
- 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.