Created By: ading on December 28, 2011 Last Edited By: ading on December 20, 2012
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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 B.C.. 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 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.

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.
Community Feedback Replies: 17
  • December 28, 2011
    TonyG
    • The Sponge Bob Square Pants episode "Ugh" shows caveman versions of SpongeBob, Patrick and Squidward. Gary was a giant snailsaurus, while Mr. Krabs' ancestors were tiny crabs that only say "money" and are eaten as food by the other characters.

    Some shows will depict FunnyAnimals as Neanderthal-like, regardless of what the prehistoric ancestor of the actual animal would look like.
  • December 28, 2011
    CaveCat
    • The "Cave Cat" segment on Garfield His 9 Lives had Garfield depicted as a saber-toothed prehistoric cat and Odie as a giant green saber-toothed dog.
  • December 28, 2011
    arromdee
    Image should be the puppisaurus from Science Made Stupid, unfortunately I don't think there are any images from that book floating around...
  • December 28, 2011
    theindefiniteone
    Bump.
  • January 2, 2012
    arromdee

    Here's your image: quoteright:300: Puppisaurus

    Science Made Stupid was a book that parodied children's science books. The puppisaurus was in a sidebar about mammal-like reptiles (an actual type of creature that, of course, did not really include a puppisaurus). I probably ought to make a page about it.

    Legal downloads at http://www.chrispennello.com/tweller/ .

  • January 14, 2012
    chicagomel
    I'm pretty sure the ones I added basically fit, even though they're not ancestry ones. Variations, I'd call them. However, if they don't, delete at will.
  • January 14, 2012
    TonyG
    Insectosaurus from Monsters Vs Aliens. Along with his massive size, he also has a dinosaur's feet and tail. Not prehistoric, however, but mutated from a nuclear explosion.
  • January 19, 2012
    ading
    ^ and ^^ The trope is about made-up mixes of modern and prehistoric animals because of the need for an ancestor of the character. I'd call those example played with or inverted.
  • February 4, 2012
    tvtroper98
  • February 4, 2012
    Robotrekkie
    • Aerodactyl from Pokemon is a mix of a gargoyle and a pterodactyl.
  • February 17, 2012
    ading
    ^ I don't think that works. That's just naming his discovery after himself.
  • August 13, 2012
    MrRuano
    Does Scrat count as an example. He's a saber-toothed squirrel.
  • November 13, 2012
    ading
    ^Scrat is on the list.
  • November 18, 2012
    aurora369
    The giant dinosaur-like critter called a mythosaur is the national animal of Mandalorians (from the Star Wars Expanded Universe). Their emblem is a mythosaur skull.
  • November 18, 2012
    SharleeD
    The After Man and Future is Wild examples probably qualify as inversions, as their Whateversaurus creatures are from the distant future rather than the past.
  • December 6, 2012
    EdnaWalker
    From Everything's More Prehistoric With Saberteeth YKTTW: Basically says about how sometimes people will put sabre teeth on a character or animal to show that it is prehistoric or looking like it is from a prehistoric time (best example would be Scrat from Ice Age).

  • December 20, 2012
    ading
    ^^^ Not a hybrid.

    ^^ I originally counted them as inversions, but then the definition was modified to include works set in the present day.

    ^ This seems to be a more general version of that.

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