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->''"'Many people (''including'' some scientists!) are confused about what is or isn't a "dinosaur". They think that [[PteroSoarer flying pterodactyls]] or fin-backed ''Dimetrodon'' or seagoing plesiosaurs or woolly mammoths are dinosaurs. THEY ARE WRONG!"''
-->-- '''[[http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/ Dr. Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.]]''', ''Literature/DinosaursTheMostCompleteUpToDateEncyclopedia''

Dinosaurs are [[RuleofCool pretty cool]], which is why they are frequently seen in fiction. However, creators do not always prioritize historical or scientific accuracy when dealing with these prehistoric creatures in works. As such, dinosaurs often appear in the [[AnachronismStew wrong time period, along with humans,]] possess special abilities that they otherwise would never have had, or are treated as pets or friendly characters.

In RealLife many of the most [[StockDinosaurs commonly-recognized dinosaurs]] lived in [[MisplacedWildlife different habitats]], continents or [[AnachronismStew time periods]]. Some prehistoric creatures, like pterosaurs and plesiosaurs, are technically not even considered to be dinosaurs. Fortunately, some educational programs attempt to avoid these pitfalls.

See EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs, {{Slurpasaur}}, RaptorAttack, and PteroSoarer.

Compare UsefulNotes/{{Dinosaurs}}, UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursTrueDinosaurs, UsefulNotes/StockDinosaursNonDinosaurs, and UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLife.

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[[folder:Media in General]]
* ''Every'' 1950s monster film with a PrehistoricMonster. Partly due to ScienceMarchesOn, but other times because TheyJustDidntCare. Especially when a {{Slurpasaur}} is involved.
* Prehistoric animals being shown as [[BiggerIsBetter much larger than they really were]].
* Any work that uses the name ''Brontosaurus'' over ''Apatosaurus'' ([[InsistentTerminology unless written by Stephen Jay Gould or Robert Bakker.]])
** Justified in ''A Natural History Of Skull Island'' (based on the ''Film/KingKong'' remake), in which the name was intentionally recycled for its modern apatosaur-descended sauropods. Not that that book didn't have plenty of ''other'' examples of this trope...
** [[TruthInTelevision May or may not end up being]] AccidentallyAccurate[[TruthInTelevision , since there's the possibility of]] ''[[TruthInTelevision Apatosaurus]]'' being split due to ''Supersaurus'', meaning ''Brontosaurus'' may become a valid name for ''A.excelsus''.
* Similarly, plenty of works featuring a pterosaur will use the generic term {{ptero|Soarer}}dactyl (usually reserved for the short-tailed pterodactyloid pterosaurs or the genus ''Pterodactylus'') for any kind of pterosaur. Also, said pterosaur is likely to be [[PteroSoarer highly inaccurate]], not closely resembling any known species.
* The popularity of the film ''Film/JurassicPark'' led to a pan-medial explosion in use of the term "Jurassic" to describe the dinosaurs' time period. Actually, the Jurassic Period only comprised the middle third of the dinosaurs' era (in between the earlier Triassic and later Cretaceous), which in its entirety is called the Mesozoic. This was [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] frequently in MichaelCrichton's [[Literature/JurassicPark original novel]]; probably because he didn't want to seem scientifically illiterate but wasn't about to give up such a cool name.
* Unfeathered coelurosaurs, especially ''Franchise/JurassicPark''-styled [[RaptorAttack dromaeosaurids]]. This is ScienceMarchesOn for works before the late 1990s, but is inexcusable in the 2000s.
* Theropods with pronated hands.
* Cold-blooded dinosaurs and pterosaurs. Particularly, dinosaurs are often depicted as being unable to function let alone survive in cold climates, when there's evidence that some genera can thrive just perfectly in snowy environments (which are often said not to have existed in the Mesozoic era). Not to mention some of them are nocturnal. Even the anatomy of dinosaurs and pterosaurs suggests endothermic lifestyles.
* Any medium (including a few documentaries) that suggests that mammals either didn't evolve until after dinosaurs died out or had barely done so when they did. In fact, mammals coexisted with the dinosaurs throughout most of the Mesozoic and may be present in the fossil record as far back as the late Triassic, which would make them almost as old as the dinosaurs.
* Dinosaurs dragging their tails along the ground. An old idea, essentially derived from "Well, crocodiles do it, so they must have". In fact, dinosaurs walked with their tails held rigid. This early misconception has led to the academically approved vandalism of several dinosaur skeletons, to the point of even breaking the bones of some to make the tails drag as desired.
* Dinosaurs only colored grey, green or brown. Another ancient trope derived from the "they were just huge crocodiles" line of reasoning. Crocodilians are grey, green or brown because they are adapted as semi-aquatic ambush predators that depend on camouflage, but in fact, most reptiles today have a wide range of skin colorations and rely heavily on visual communication (having a wider spectrum of color vision than mammals). It is likely that at least some dinosaurs had vibrant colors and patterns. That is not to say no Mesozoic dinosaurs were comparatively drably colored, but brightly-colored representatives probably weren't rare.
* Anytime ''TyrannosaurusRex'' is depicted with three functional fingers or more.
* Anytime ''T. rex'' is spelled "T-rex" or some variation thereof (even "T. Rex" is unacceptable). ''T. rex'' is an abbreviation for the scientific name ''Tyrannosaurus rex'', just like ''E. coli'' is an abbreviation for ''Escherichia coli'', so the hyphen is not applicable. Scientific names are given with genus capitalized and species not, and are traditionally italicized.
* Birds being regarded as different animals than dinosaurs. Also, when dinosaurs are referred to as lizards (probably because the word "dinosaur" actually means "Terrible Lizard").
* Whenever ''Stegosaurus'' is said to have a walnut-sized brain and a second brain in its hip. Also, any depiction of ''Stegosaurus'' that has a fat body, a dragging tail, an immobile neck, stubby limbs, and paired plates (excusable if this is seen in older portraits, but not in modern ones).
** Also, if any stegosaur has a turtle-like face and no beak.
** ''Stegosaurus'' may be shown with a long sauropod-like neck in some depictions, when it had a short neck in real life (although ''Miragaia'', a long-necked stegosaur, was discovered in 2009).
* Whenever sauropods are depicted up to their necks in water. This is more commonly seen in older depictions, because paleontologists initially couldn't believe that such huge creatures could exist without being supported in water. However, we now know that sauropods could not breathe in such a situation, and so it is thankfully a slowly dying trope. In fact, studies on the flotation dynamics of sauropods show that they would have floated unsteadily on the water surface rather than walk along the bottom were they to take a dip beyond wading depth.
* Quadrupedal dinosaurs with elephant-like feet.
* Plesiosaurs, the long-necked water reptiles, almost always have bendy necks. In some old books, they are even described as "snake-like". In reality, their necks were relatively stiff and had limited mobility.
* Anytime saber-toothed cats are depicted with long ''Panthera''-like tails, and when they are referred to as "saber-toothed tigers".
** Also, saber-toothed cats are often shown attacking and even destroying things with their long canines, when in real life, these teeth are fragile and only used for stabbing.
* Dinosaur eggs will often be shown as gigantic, often over six feet tall. In reality larger eggs require thicker shells, but the shell has to stay air-permeable. This limits the size of porous calcium carbonate eggshell for dinosaurs and recently-extinct large birds to about 15 liters in volume and 35 centimeters in diameter -- not much bigger than a basketball. No larger eggs were ever found. Eggs from less rigid materials were even smaller. Not to mention that a six-foot egg would also be implausible due to the square/cube law.
* ''Spinosaurus'' with an allosaur or tyrannosaur-like skull and four-fingered hands. ScienceMarchesOn for works from before the late 1980s, but otherwise unacceptable.
** Also, any spinosaurid that is depicted as an entirely terrestrial predator.
* Dinosaur tails are often shown to be extremely bendy as if they are made of rubber. In real life, dinosaurs had relatively stiff tails (even the stegosaurs and sauropods, which had flexible tails as far as dinosaurs go), and the bipedal ones even use them for balance.
* Mistaking a dinosaur's (especially a theropod's) antorbital fenestra for its eye socket.
* ''Brachiosaurus'' with a diplodocid-like body. Brachiosaurids (or at least those for which forelimbs & tails are known) have longer forearms & shorter tails.
* Egg-stealing ''Oviraptor''. To be fair, oviraptorosaurs appear to have been omnivorous, but it is unacceptable if eggs are stated to be the main or ''only'' source of their diets.
* Anytime ''Allosaurus'' is depicted looking like a three-fingered, downsized ''Tyrannosaurus'' (i.e. bulky body, no brow horns).
* Frilled, venom-spitting ''Dilophosaurus''.
* ''Styracosaurus'' with no frill and the long spikes protuding from the nape. And to a lesser extent, it may be depicted with long, ''Triceratops''-like brow horns.
* ''Ankylosaurus'' is often depicted with the wrong body shape, such as resembling a tortoise with a club tail, having big spikes along its sides, or being too thin in width.
* ''Carnotaurus'' (or any other abelisaurid) with tyrannosaur or allosaur-like arms.
* Tyrannosaurs as allosaur relatives. Acceptable for pre-1990s works, otherwise horribly wrong.
* Tyrannosaur arms described as weak.
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in ''[[Anime/AbenobashiMahouShoutengai Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi]]'', when the characters land in "Scientifically Inaccurate Prehistoric Abenobashi".
* ''Manga/{{Gantz}}'' also averts this. Its raptors (actually aliens masquerading as raptor models in a museum) are notably covered in feathers (or maybe fur, but we'll be optimistic). On the other hand, the ''T. rex'' [[DinosaursAreDragons shoots fireballs]].
** Justified in that they're aliens.
* ''Anime/GenesisClimberMospeada'' subverts this trope: Stick and Ray fall into an underground cavern, where they see a mishmash of various kinds of creatures from different periods, including ''Dimetrodon''s, apatosauri, and tyrannosaurs. At first, Ray mentions that something "seems odd" about it, but he can't put his finger on it. Later, he realizes that the dinosaurs are a spattering of dinos from different periods, and the 'cavern' is actually a laboratory where the Inbit are trying to determine the form of life best suited to their "new" planet.
* ''Manga/DragonBall'' features characters who either have the ability to fly or have a flying device with them. Convenient enough, there are some pteranodons or other prehistoric fliers around. Is someone still unable to fly? No problem, just bring in the ''T. rex''. [[FanFic/AlternateRealityDBZ In the same time period as flying cars.]] To be fair, ''Manga/DragonBall'' has a whole lot of other weird stuff that the pterosaurs and such fit right in.
** Another error is Toriyama's design of the ''Tyrannosaurus''--first off, it has what look like horns on its head--now there MIGHT be tiny brow ridges over its eyes, but the design he used is completely off. Secondly, ''Tyrannosaurus'' had tiny arms with two fingers--he seemed to have based the arms on ''Allosaurus''. Thirdly, though this is a case of [[ScienceMarchesOn science marching on]], it may have feathers. And fourth, it is much too big. ''Tyrannosaurus'' would be 12-13 meters long (42-45 feet) and 4 meters high (13 feet), yet are drawn nearly 20-30 meters long and 10 meters tall.
*** Given that there are also canon dragons wandering around, it's likely it's just a RuleOfCool alternate Earth.
** Not featured in the manga, in the anime though? There are the same dinosaurs...on ''Namek''.
*** Which could be intended to imply that Kami brought them with him to Earth. Though given the relatively small size of his spaceship, he could only have brought eggs.
* ''Manga/OnePiece'' has at least one island with dinosaurs, not that this is out of place given the rest of the world. It's surprisingly more biologically accurate than ''Manga/DragonBall Z'''s dinosaurs.
* Averted in the Gaiden chapters of ''Manga/{{Saiyuki}}''; what looks like a rampaging ''T. rex'' is proved to be genetically engineered to do just that by the BigBad.
* Pickle in ''Manga/BakiTheGrappler''. Holy heavens. Again, Itagaki Keisuke takes his "almost realistic extreme martial arts manga" and reminds us that it's a "freaking RuleOfCool extreme martial übermensch manga", with Pickle, the Jurassic man. Revived after being found frozen [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu kicking a]] ''[[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu T. rex]]'' [[DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu in the mouth]].
* ''Anime/YouAreUmasou'' has tyrannosauroids that shift from tripod stance to horizontal stance, the now dubious genus "Titanosaurus" and a really bendy-necked elasmosaurid, as well as a bit of AnachronismStew and MisplacedWildlife. [[ShownTheirWork On the other hand]], it has feathered maniraptors, hadrosaur nesting colonies, migrating herbivores, pack-hunting tyrannosauroids and snow-roaming dinosaurs.
** The purple ''Chilantaisaurus'' (according to the book and second episode of the animated series) trying to eat Umasou [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nSnuV3uRs-Y in this scene]] has a rather interesting case in which it may be {{hand wave}}d. It is depicted with bull-shaped horns, and yet at the same time no decent skull material of the animal was found yet (although its skull may be no different than other carnosaurs and could have stubby horns).
*** Although because of the horns, some viewers [[IAmNotWeasel refer to it as a]] ''Carnotaurus''. Never mind that it has huge arms and claws, which ''Carnotaurus'' ''lacked'' (and ''Chilantaisaurus'' did have).
* The first ''Anime/{{Doraemon}}'' movie (and its remake) refers to a plesiosaur as "Nobita's dinosaur".
* In Manga/CageOfEden, creatures from different points in history, who all lived in very different habitats, live in the island where the characters are marooned at. [[spoiler: Justified since it is later revealed that the monsters are but man-made clones.]]
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* {{Subver|tedTrope}}sion: In ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', Gert has a pet genetically engineered dinosaur named Old Lace. Everyone calls her a "raptor" and she does look ''exactly'' like a ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' raptor (Identified as a ''Velociraptor'' in the film, but very similar to the the later-discovered ''Utahraptor''). However, as soon as Victor joins the team he points out that it is a ''Deinonychus'', and raptors as depicted in ''Jurassic Park'' do not exist. Old Lace is still incorrectly depicted as featherless, but is nonetheless referred to as a real species with a plausible (for time-traveling, MadScientist-filled comic books) reason for existing. Also,
** Played straight: During the ''Runaways''[=/=]''Comicbook/YoungAvengers'' crossover, the young supers find themselves hit by a mini-blizzard. While the humans quickly shrug it off, Old Lace is rendered practically catatonic, and almost dies, because she's "cold-blooded". However, it was John Ostrom's study of ''Deinonychus'' which largely brought on the "Dinosaur Renaissance", which drastically altered the scientific and popular conception of dinosaurs. This renaissance has ultimately resulted in, at the very least, a consensus that some dinosaurs (such as ''Deinonychus'') were closer to modern, warm-blooded birds than to modern, cold-blooded reptiles, physiologically speaking.
** It's also worth mentioning that Old Lace wasn't "born" in any sense, but was genetically engineered in the ''83rd century''. Anything odd about her appearance or physiology pales in comparison to her having a telepathic link with Gert.
* Subverted in a Franchise/{{Batman}} comic. During the ''Comicbook/{{Knightfall}}'' storyline, Batman and Commissioner Gordon find a dead man inside the skeleton of a dinosaur. Gordon calls the dinosaur a "''Brontosaurus''" before being corrected as ''Apatosaurus'' by a curator, who tells them the story of how the skull of one dinosaur matched the head of another and the other way round[[note]]Although this is actually a common misconception. It's true that Brontosaurus was a spuriously assigned new genus for what only qualified as a new Apatosaurus species, and that it had the wrong head, but these are two ''separate'' issues with the fossil that have become conflated in the public consciousness[[/note]], giving its "two-head" clue about the culprit: Two-Face.
* Though the prehistoric beasts in [[http://superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1150:death-in-dinasaur-hall-yes-dinasaur&catid=29:confounding-comic-covers-index&Itemid=32 this Batman comic]] seem to be robots of some sort, allowing for some errors, there is one completely unforgivable mistake: they misspell the word "dinosaur"!
* ''[[XenozoicTales Cadillacs and Dinosaurs]]''... look at the title. If you're ''expecting'' accuracy from a series involving dinosaurs coming back several hundred years in the future, ''why are you even bothering?''
* According to one ComicBook/{{Chick Tract|s}}, the dinosaurs escaped the great flood by getting on the Ark with all the other animals. Unfortunately, the flood destroyed much of the plant life, and the reduced oxygen levels made them sluggish and slow. They were ultimately hunted into extinction by human hunters who considered "dragon meat" to be a delicacy.
* A lesser-known ''Franchise/SpiderMan'' villain is "[[http://marvel.wikia.com/Vincent_Stegron_(Earth-616) Stegron the Dinosaur Man]]", a ripoff of more stalwart villain The Lizard. The [[StevenUlyssesPerhero rather-too-conveniently-named]] Dr. Vincent Stegron steals the lizard formula from Curt Connors and (somehow) infuses it with dinosaur DNA, transforming himself into a half-man, half-''Stegosaurus'' creature... which also has a taste for human flesh and is often depicted with sharp, pointy teeth. Stegron's plots have included:
** Bringing dinosaurs back to life from their skeletons in museums, despite the fact that dinosaur skeletons in most museums are A) held together with wire, and B) are fibreglass replicas of fossils, which are bone-shaped rocks, or C) even if they're the authentic article, are bone-shaped rocks. Rock contains remarkably little genetic material (''i.e.'', none).
** Attempting to free the world for dinosaurs by having hundreds of humans in New York conveniently start acting more animalistic and killing each other... using a magic piece of meteorite that he found in a jungle.
*** A particularly glaring error in that story arc (as if the main plot weren't glaring enough) was where a modern lizard is regressed by exposure to the meteor and turns into a ''Velociraptor''. Lizards are not descended from dinosaurs, nor are they closely related to them. If it had been a mutated pigeon, it would have been reasonably accurate, relatively speaking, but for a lizard it's on the same scale as showing a human somehow "regressing" into a water buffalo or a dolphin.
* 150,000 years ago, the title character of ''Rahan'' (a very well known caveman in France) encounters dinosaurs and sees them as survivors of a very distant past. It's really not as outlandish as some of the other examples on this page.
* The entire storyline of ''{{Dinowars}}'' revolves around dinosaurs escaping into space to avoid the ice age, growing into a highly evolved civilization, and then returning to Earth to [[TakeOverTheWorld reclaim what is rightfully theirs]].
* [[LargeHam The ocular secretions of mammal paleontologists are of no concern to]] ''[[ComicBook/AtomicRobo DOCTOR DINOSAUR!]]''
** To elaborate, Dr. Dinosaur claims that "mammal energies" traveled back in time and granted him super-intelligence while wiping out all the rest of the dinosaurs, and then he built a time machine out of rocks, fronds, and crystals to travel to the present and get revenge. His inaccuracies (such as lack of feathers and presence of a larynx) are largely justified however, when Robo points them out and dismisses Dr. D's story as absurd, assuming he's just a genetic experiment based on a ''Film/JurassicPark'' dinosaur rather than a real one.
* In one of Hamilton Comics' ''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' early issues, Bulk and Skull are seen being Power Rangers, with Skull as Ranger with a Brontosaurus theme. However, Billy points out that it's incorrect and that it would be more scientifically correct "Apatosaurus". Skull, however, thinks it's a hilarious pun and ends up knocking Bulk over in the process.
* ''Comicbook/{{Marville}} #4'', [[http://4thletter.net/2009/03/the-marville-horror-part-4-stay-with-the-tardis-damn-it/ oh]] [[http://atopfourthwall.blogspot.com.br/2013/02/marville-4.html boy]]. For starters, it is set on the "Jurassic ''Park''", not "Period".
* ''Tyrannosaurus Rex'' does an interesting take. While there's dinosaurs and humans living together, the raptors are coated in feathers.
* Horácio from MonicasGang. A vegetarian baby T-Rex.
** Still on MonicasGang we have the Cavern Clan. Just imagine the Flinstones without all the american {{Sitcom}} situations to turn into something normal for prehistoric cavemen... [[AnachronismStew like hunting dinosaurs.]]
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[[folder:Documentaries]]
* ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'', after its first episode had aired, found itself a target for angry palaeontologists because of one scene that showed a ''Postosuchus'' urinating and not excreting its wastes the way its modern relatives, birds and crocodilians tend to. Later episodes gave more fuel to the debates. While beloved by many, and hailed as a milestone in paleo-documentaries (rightfully so), a number of dino enthusiasts still frown upon its "spectacle over science" approach. To be fair, most of their mistakes were a result of [[ScienceMarchesOn Science Marches On]], and they still commited a lot less mistakes than the documentaries below.
** The series also had [[RaptorAttack scaly dromaeosaurids]], [[PteroSoarer pterosaurs that lacked pycnofibres]] including an [[PteroSoarer Ornithocheirus increased to the size of a large azhdarchid]], a 25-meter Liopleurodon, and an Ornitholestes with a nose horn (though the last one is a result of [[ScienceMarchesOn science marching on]]) among other inaccuracies. At least none of the dinosaurs [[DinosaursAreDragons breathed fire]] or [[PrehistoricMonster tried to eat everything in sight]].
* ''Series/JurassicFightClub'', the [[PoorMansSubstitute Poor Man's]] ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' [[NetworkDecay on]] Creator/TheHistoryChannel. Sadly, this does not involve lines like "you are not your fucking primitive feathers" or a ''Tyrannosaurus'' trying to punch itself in the face with those scrawny little arms. It's just a bit of paleontological pretext to some Cretaceous predators having dust-ups. Let's take a look at the errors:
** They have the same naked generic "raptor" dromaeosaurs and improbably fierce dinosaurs that have been hanging around since ''Jurassic Park'', plus the weird, unfounded suppositions about how dinosaurs behaved ("raptors" coordinated their hunts by using hand signals? ''Okay'', then...) from ''Walking With Dinosaurs'' without quite the special effects quality of either.
** Juvenile ''T. rex'' did NOT look like exact miniature copies of the adults and, in fact, looked more like ''Nanotyrannus''. Oh, and also, there is a debate among paleontologists as to whether or not ''Nanotyrannus'' was even a separate genus of dinosaur at all or if the specimens found were really that of juvenile ''T rex'' skeletons.[[note]] The evidence is pointing in the direction that ''Nanotyrannus'' is a juvenile tyrannosaur.[[/note]] However, for all its other flaws, the series does dedicate a portion of that episode to the controversy over whether or not ''Nanotyrannus'' was its own genus.
*** It's interesting that in the narration they did ''say'' that juvenile ''T. rex'' were not shaped like miniature adults and were in fact physically very similar to ''Nanotyrannus''. But then in the actual animation the juvenile ''T. rex'' were copies of the adult models and shrunk down. Perhaps it was a budget thing.
**** Well, [[TheyJustDidntCare they could've at least]] used the ''Nanotyrannus'' model and changed the color scheme.
** There is some anachronism in the series as well. Episode 8, "Raptor's Last Stand", has a flock of pterosaurs standing on the back of a ''Gastonia''. Only problem, they were miniature azdarchid pterosaurs, pterosaurs who in some cases were [[UpToEleven bigger than a giraffe]], and were at least condor-sized. There is the ''little'' fact that azdarchid pterosaurs didn't appear until the Late Cretaceous, which began around 100 MYA, while ''Gastonia'' and ''Utahraptor'' lived a full twenty-five million years earlier. That is the equivalent of a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Entelodont entelodont]] being labelled a contemporary of man.
** Also, ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pachyrhinosaurus Pachyrhinosaurus]]'' is portrayed with a horn on its nose. What's the problem, you might ask? It got famous for ''lacking'' this feature.
*** On the other hand, it is very likely for ceratopsian skulls to be coated in a layer of keratin due to blood grooves, and some palaeontologists suggested ''Pachyrhinosaurus'''s boss over its snout might actually be the base of a huge keratinous horn. Later studies have shown that it is still [[http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19711467 unlikely]] a horn was present though.
** ''Majungasaurus'', just ''Majungasaurus''. Not only did the show not get the memo that the dinosaur had gotten a name change from ''Majungatholus'' to ''Majungasaurus'', but the host goes on to state that ''Majungasaurus''' ugly appearance was caused by inbreeding, leading to horrible mutations. Apparently "Dinosaur George" doesn't know that, despite its lumpy skull and proportionately short legs, ''Majungasaurus'' was one of the prettier members of the abelisaur family, and in fact other species like ''Carnotaurus'' and ''Rugops'' were [[{{Gonk}} a lot more ugly looking]].
*** Or perhaps "Dinosaur George" just happens to have weird ideas about dinosaur beauty?
** They fail [[ArtisticLicenseBiology animal behavior]] pretty hard, too. The ''Nannotyrannus'' episode, for example--large predators kill competing species and their young all the time. Just look at the interactions between lions, leopards, spotted hyenas, and cheetahs on the African savannah. It isn't even unheard of for a predator to continue to maul the carcass of a threat or rival long after such attacks are necessary. But the mother tyrannosaur tearing up the remains of the ''Nannotyrannus'' and scattering them around as a warning to other predators? That's probably giving them credit for a little too sophisticated of thinking.
*** If anything, scattering blood, guts, and bone around the area would have ''drawn'' other predators closer. [[ArtisticLicenseBiology Fail]].
*** The animal behavior issue also comes up in the episode where a "raptor" pack takes on an ''Edmontosaurus'' as well. The narrator repeatedly says that the dromaeosaurs normally wouldn't take on such large prey, but they're driven to protect their territory. That's not quite how territoriality works. Have you ever heard of a family of foxes attacking a moose to drive it out of their territory? Carnivores defend their territories from other members of the same species. They don't care about keeping ''every living thing'' out of their space. After all, what would they ''eat'' if they did that? If it was near a den/young or if they were desperately hungry that would be one thing, but it makes no sense for them to keep attacking such a formidable animal because it's in their territory.
* ''Series/MonstersResurrected'', a Creator/DiscoveryChannel series, is easily one of the most inaccurate documentaries on prehistoric animals ever made; particularly in regards to the ''Spinosaurus'' episode. If anyone thought ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' did a misleading job at portraying creature, it was nothing compared to this episode. Essentially, the ''Spinosaurus'' is portrayed as the ultimate predator of all time, able to effortlessly kill any other predator that lived in its time and region. In short, it is depicted as devouring a ''Rugops'' with one bite, killing a ''Carcharodontosaurus'' by slashing it across the face with its claws and effortlessly tearing apart the giant crocodylomorph ''Sarcosuchus'' (which was [[AnachronismStew extinct by that time]] to boot). And that isn't all, its size is practically Franchise/{{Godzilla}}-portioned, as it is able to pick up a 30ft long ''Rugops'' in its mouth and the thing appears to be no bigger than its head. ''Spinosaurus'' didn't grow much larger than 60ft, [[CriticalResearchFailure meaning the one depicted in the episode would have been close to 300ft]]. The episode also seems to take a lot of facts that we know about the animal out of context, seemingly with no other reason than to turn ''Spinosaurus'' into some kind of prehistoric VillainSue.
** They also got away with flexible-necked plesiosaurs and naked raptors in other episodes.
** A full list of errors in the program would be the size of the show's ''Spinosaurus''.
** One notable error in the ''Varanus priscus''/''[[ScienceMarchesOn Megalania]]'' episode was the fact that the aboriginals depicted in the episode had European skin colour. [[CriticalResearchFailure This does not need any explaining at all.]]
* ''Series/ClashOfTheDinosaurs'' showed obvious signs of this trope, like making ''Quetzalcoatlus'' [[PteroSoarer a scaly, flying reptile hunting eagle-style from the air]] instead of the fur-covered, terrestrial pterosaur it was, and having dinosaurs defending themselves with sonic weapons. It ''really'' [[http://svpow.wordpress.com/2009/12/15/lies-damned-lies-and-clash-of-the-dinosaurs/ caused grief to one of the paleontologists they interviewed]] by ''[[QuoteMine QUOTE MINING]]'' him.
* ''Series/AnimalArmageddon'', while not a bad program when it comes to explaining science, had some of the worst and most ugly-looking CGI dinosaur recreations imaginable, almost all of which suffer from anatomical inaccuracies.
* ITV's ''WesternAnimation/MarchOfTheDinosaurs'' had dinosaur-freaks up in arms with just its preview images. While feathered tyrannosaurs and arctic [[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLife mosasaurs]] might have looked awesome, the not properly feathered, small-winged (they should have actual wings with wing feathers) ''Troodon''s worked as horrible eye-sores for them. Indeed, we live in a time in which popular dinosaur restorations are forced to take a middle route between being too feathered for the general public's comfort, but not feathered enough to please dino-maniacs.
** This is without mentioning the ''Quetzalcoatlus''; it's anatomy is messed up beyond repair, to the point that it's [[TheyJustDidntCare bipedal and lacks its wing claws]].
* While not specifically about prehistoric life, ''Series/TheMostExtreme'' messed up big in episode 65, ''Awesome Ancestors''. Just what did they screw up on, you may ask? TyrannosaurusRex was more closely related to ''your standard chicken'' than it was to the Komodo dragon. A more appropriate ancestor for the Komodo dragon would be the 50-foot long mosasaur, a predatory sea-going lizard that lived around the same time as the last dinosaurs and are thought to be distantly related to modern-day monitor lizards.
** ''T. rex'' had many traits similar to those modern-day birds and was most-likely warm blooded, unlike the cold-blooded Komodo dragon which has more standard reptilian traits. Oops.
*** ''Megalania'' would work just as well, being an actual giant lizard related to the Komodo dragon.
* The ''Dinomorphosis'' episode of ''Naked Science''. Even disregarding that woefully outdated and unrealistic reconstruction of ''Oviraptor'', it had actual scientists [[http://deinonychusempire.deviantart.com/journal/?offset=20#/d3nrn95 lamenting over the fact]] that the "poor ''T. rex''" may have been feathered in real life, as if this somehow made it less BadAss. Um, nice job trying to forward the latest findings to the audience there, by explicitly saying how lame the new dinosaur image is. [[SarcasmMode Surely, its immensely powerful bone-crunching bite and title as the baddest North American predator around at the time mean absolutely nothing now that we know it had fuzz somewhere on its body.]]
* ''{{Paleoworld}}'' had an episode on prehistoric rhinoceroses that used an animatronic ''Triceratops''.
** Another episode contained the implication that ''Carnotaurus'' was older than ''Allosaurus''.
** To be fair, the palaeontological advisors ''did'' say that ''Triceratops'' was not, in any way, very closely related to any rhinoceros. The higher-ups did it anyways because ''Triceratops'' looked like a rhino slightly, and they had the footage, so they put it in the episode. So it's more an example of ExecutiveMeddling.
* There is an episode of ''Series/AncientAliens'' that claims that dinosaurs survived into historical times, and were nuked by extraterrestrials. Not only does all shown evidence look fake or exaggerated, but they have religious archaeologists and come up with all sorts of strange ideas, including that aliens used genetic engineering to reintroduce animals like coelocanths and crocodilians because they existed in the Mesozoic and somehow had to appear in the present, and that dinosaur bones are painted with lead because they are extremely radioactive!
** There was actually a fringe theory in the 1970s that the Cretaceous extinction event was a nuclear holocaust by a yet-undiscovered sapient theropod (so, UltraTerrestrials rather than aliens). There are a few resemblances between the conditions observed at the end of the era and the effects of nuclear fallout, and any evidence of a civilization ''would'' have vanished in 65 million years. The theory, however, had more to do with Cold War anxiety than scientific plausibility.
* Nature's Deadliest. They said that the salt water crocodile is a descendent of the dinosaurs. While crocs and dinosaurs are fairly closely related, they did not evolve from dinosaurs, and in fact were contemporary with them. Depending on how loosely one defines a crocodile, they actually predated dinosaurs.
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* There is a Soviet cartoon called Animation/MotherForLittleMammoth. It is about the eponymous mammoth who thawed out in our age searching for his mom. He finds one, an elephant in Africa. A truly happy ending, except one of the traits by which she accepts him is the fact that, like her, he has big ears -- and the mammoth is pictured with such. Now, an elephant's big ears are heat sinks -- mammoths didn't need nor have them.
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[[folder:Films -- Animated]]
* The "Rite of Spring" sequence in ''Disney/{{Fantasia}}'' may be one of the TropeMakers here. It shows off a random cross-section of prehistoric life in the space of a few minutes. In part, it's ScienceMarchesOn: [[DanBrowned it is proudly announced]] that this section is BasedOnATrueStory.
** 25 years later, the Disney Imagineers created a Primeval World diorama for the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair, with many of the individual scenes apparently inspired by ''Fantasia''. This diorama, which is currently installed at Disneyland in California, is a slight improvement on the film -- the first scene shows dimetrodons in a Coal Age forest of giant horsetails (and giant dragonflies), and then moves to a Jurassic swamp with some generic sauropods, followed by scenes featuring ''Pteranodon'', ''Triceratops'', and ''Struthiomimus'' (all Cretaceous). So far, so good; the sauropods look ridiculous and should not be munching water weeds in a swamp, but that can be put down to a combination of 1960's paleontological ignorance and artistic license. But then the final scene depicts a ''Stegosaurus'' battling some large carnosaur beside a violent lava flow. If the carnosaur is supposed to be a ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'', as the narrator usually states, why does it have three fingers per hand, and [[AnachronismStew what is the stego doing in the Cretaceous]]? You could ignore the narrator and assume that the setting has reverted back to the Jurassic for some reason, and the stego is fighting an ''Allosaurus''... but that doesn't explain why stego has ''five'' tail spikes on its [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thagomizer thagomizer]]. Sigh.
*** [[WordOfGod Walt Disney]] has stated that the carnivorous dinosaur fighting the Stegosaurus is a Tyrannosaurus. Paleontologists told him that Trex should only have two fingers, but he declined because he thought [[ViewersAreMorons people wouldn't recognize a Tyrannosaurus with only two fingers.]]
** When all of the dinosaurs go extinct, some of them fall into several tar pits and cannot escape, possibly starving to death inside. The idea of animals dying by falling into tar pits did not appear until the Cenozoic era.
*** Which doesn't necessarily mean it didn't ''happen'', only that we only have clear examples of this phenomenon from much more recent geological times.
* Extremely evident in [[Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon Disney's]] ''Disney/{{Dinosaur}}'', which had [[AnachronismStew dinosaurs from the Jurassic and the Triassic period interacting with Cretaceous-period dinosaurs]]. In an effort to [[ShownTheirWork show that the writers had done some research]], they included a ''Carnotaurus'' as the main predator -- too bad [[MisplacedWildlife Carnotaurus lived in South America, while all the other dinosaurs were North American species]], and furthermore were several times bigger than in reality. There was a HandWave when one character was astounded that the carnotaurs had come "this far North" (which doesn't work, since North and South America was separated by a sea at the time), and the Brachiosaur character was explicitly stated to be [[LastOfHisKind the only one of her species left]]. The main character had also been adopted by lemurs, when most mammals were superficially rat-like then.
* When consulting paleontologists for ''WesternAnimation/IceAge'', the writers were reluctant about putting dodos in. They were told "Whatever, just please, no dinosaurs". Though there ''was'' a dinosaur in the film, it was frozen in ice, presumably for millions of years. Let's just hope those same paleontologists haven't seen the third installment...
** The really funny thing is that technically, by including dodo birds, they ''are'' including dinosaurs. After all, what is a bird if not a modern dinosaur?
* ''WesternAnimation/TheLandBeforeTime''. Pity the professors of geology and paleontology who have small children at home, because all the errors in these films ''will'' indeed make a paleontologist weep.
** Ironically, the original movie ''can'' be considered relatively accurate for its time (AnachronismStew aside, and then only for stegosaurs and pelycosaurs), at least as far as dinosaur depictions in popular media are concerned.
** The sequels and TV series zig-zag this trope several times, with notable aversions including the anatomically correct (if improbably large) ''Liopleurodon'' from "Journey to Big Water" and Ruby the ''Oviraptor'' having feathers.
* [[LovableCoward Rex]] from ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' is a green plastic TyrannosaurusRex with three fingers on each hand instead of two like in real life. Justified, since he's a ''toy'' T. rex, which is often portrayed incorrectly.
** He could also be an ''Edmarka'', a three-fingered theropod which also has the species name ''rex''.
** I suppose that's possible, but ''Edmarka'' is probably [[StockDinosaurs too obscure]] to be featured in a major film such as ''Toy Story''.
* ''WesternAnimation/WereBackADinosaursStory'' features ''Anatosaurus'', which is indeed a bona fide member of the duckbill group. Sadly, the duckbill is shown with a long bony crest on the back of its head more reminiscent of a ''Saurolophus'' or ''Parasaurolophus'' than a smooth-headed "''Anatosaurus''"...
** The ''Pteranodon'' isn't that better either, having a long tail and being bipedal. Also, how is she mistaken for a bat if she isn't bat like at all!?
*** Because of her wings. They do indeed look like a bat's.
* ''Dino Time 3D'' is not meant to be a biologically accurate film, but they did have one redeeming trait: a feathered baby ''Tyrannosaurus''.
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[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Parodied in ''Film/{{Caveman}}''. Yes, there are cavemen and dinosaurs in the same film, but few scientists would be able to cry for the laughter. Not only does the movie occur "One Zillion Years Ago", but the main dinosaur seen in the movie is a geriatric ''T. rex'' that is alternately denied delectable cavewoman meat, stoned off a burning cannabis plant, and [[GroinAttack fondled and then smacked where it counts]] by a blind caveman.
** The other prehistoric creatures include a pteranodon which has its (10ft long! Ouch!) egg stolen and a stop-motion creature resembling some outlandish {{Slurpasaur}}.
* The original ''Film/KingKong'' and its sequel ''Son Of Kong'' features many prehistoric animals portrayed as overly aggressive carnivores even if they were herbivorous (''Apatosaurus'', ''Styracosaurus'', and ''Stegosaurus'', to name a few) and one dramatically oversized pterodactyl to help ruin the image of its eponymous, misunderstood ape.
** Creator/PeterJackson's remake does the same, with the justification that they have been evolving the whole time and it's pure coincidence they look like popular depictions (but some don't like the ''Ferrucutus'' or the ''Atercurisaurus''). They even came out with a tie-in book exploring the unique fauna of the island (which show the usual errors like the lack of any plumage on any non-avian dinosaurs - even the ''birds'' seem to have as little feathers as possible, pronated hands, live birth etc. as well as many non-dinosaurian biological impossibilities).
* Subverted with the ''Franchise/{{Godzilla}}'' films in that, Toho doesn't even ''try'' to even ''pretend'' to be remotely accurate in any way whatsoever.
** A case can however be made for the first movie, ''Film/{{Gojira}}'', which ''was'' to be taken seriously. In it, a paleontologist deduces that the titular monster hails form the Jurassic period by finding a trilobite in one of its footprints. Trilobites died out about 50 million years before that period, but this can be {{hand wave}}d, given that in the movie's universe, prehistoric creatures still exist in modern times. The true error is that the supposed paleontologist places the Jurassic at 2 million years BC. He's off by about 150 million years. Kinda justified given the film was in 1954 ''and'' in Japan (where errors like this are made all the time, even till this day). Back then, the actual age of the Earth wasn't proven, nor were the time periods. So a case of ScienceMarchesOn.
* Somewhere a paleoanthropologist and an archaeologist are crying: in ''Film/TheXFilesFightTheFuture'' movie, we see a Neanderthal in North Texas 60,000 years ago. Not only were there no Neanderthals in the Western Hemisphere ''ever'', there is strong dispute about whether there were hominids of any kind in the Western Hemisphere 60,000 years ago. Maybe they were all abducted by aliens?
** Ice Age Texas also probably would not have looked anything like that scene depicted it as. The Ice Age glaciers [[http://www.esd.ornl.gov/projects/qen/nercNORTHAMERICA.html never got anywhere near that far south]].
* '' Film/TenThousandBC'': An AndroclesLion type situation with a Smilodon. "Terror Birds" about 2 million years after they went extinct.[[note]]Though, we should at least be grateful that Creator/RolandEmmerich didn't use a ''Deinonychus'' or ''Utahraptor''.[[/note]] And woolly mammoths being used to move bricks to build the pyramids. RuleOfCool taken to the very limit.
** That and neither ''Smilodon'' (clearly the species/genus being represented on film) nor "Terror Birds" ever lived in Africa. Both animals were restricted to North and South America. Then again, [[ArtisticLicenseGeography given how the characters seem to WALK from South America to Africa]]...
*** In the beginning when hunting the mammoths; they refer to the head of the herd as the "Lead Bull", meaning that the leader of the herd is male. All indications are that mammoths behaved very similarly to modern elephants... who are led by matriarch females. The males travel separately from the herd.
*** It would seem that sometimes [[ScienceMarchesOn Science Marches Backwards]]. A partial specimen of what appears to be a small relative of the terror birds was recently discovered in North Africa. So that one "mistake" might not be ''as'' wrong as it seemed at the time.
* The [[SyFyChannelOriginalMovie Sci-Fi Channel Original Movie]] (which should give you a hint as to its quality) ''100 Million BC'' has the humans unable to detect the rampaging ''Giganotosaurus'' through a heat sensor because [[TheyJustDidntCare "dinosaurs are ectothermal"]] (sic). Even if ''Giganotosaurus'' was an ectotherm, its body temperature and metabolism by sheer virtue of its size would be like that of an endotherm (due to a little thing called inertial homeothermy). It ''would'' have showed up on a thermal sensor.
** Also, the heroes visit South America 70 million years ago (despite the fact it's 100 Million BC...) and ''Gigantosaurus'' became extinct around 90 million years ago.
* On top of the issues carried over from the book with the ''Velociraptor''s, the film of
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'': film-only issues include the ''Dilophosaurus'' being too small and having a retractable frill (for the practical purpose of distinguishing them from the velociraptors), and repeatedly misspelling the dinosaurs' names... though technically, they're "genetically-engineered" based on reptile and amphibian DNA; their resemblance to real dinosaurs is purely superficial.
* In ''Film/JurassicParkIII'', ''Pteranodon'' (literally "toothless wing") are given tooth-filled beaks, grasping feet, and [[KidnappingBirdOfPrey the ability to pick up a grown man that had to outweigh them by a good fifty pounds at least]]. Meanwhile, the raptors have "primate intelligence". What.
** Spinosaurus.
** Apparently the whole nasty business of the first two films could have been avoided by making a mould of a space from an actual ''Velociraptor'' fossil and playing it like a kazoo to speak Raptorese to these dinosaur/bird/amphibian chimeras. Who knew?
* ''[[Film/SuperMarioBros Super Mario Bros. The Movie]]'' hits a few common dinosaur-related errors, though the filmmakers seemed to be going for RuleOfCool. These include:
** The meteorite that caused the extinction of the dinosaurs is implied to have done so immediately, while also hitting Earth where present-day New York City is located. To be fair, this was before the actual location of the meteorite's impact and its affect were commonly known or proven.
** The humanoid dinosaurs in the parallel world, such as Koopa and Lena, display qualities and behaviors more typical of modern lizards, such as tongue-flicking and prehensile tongue-use. However, it is implied that the dino-humans developed these traits over time as they became more like modern reptiles, while the prehensile tongue-use was taken from the games (Yoshi).
* Pioneering filmmaker D.W. Griffith's 1914 film ''Brute Force'' shows a group of cavemen attacked by a dinosaur.
* From '' Film/PumaMan'':
-->So dinosaurs became extinct because they no longer knew how to love each other?
* In ''Film/BatmanAndRobin'', Mr. Freeze knows [[{{Pun}} absolute zero]] about what killed the dinosaurs.
-->'''Freeze''': ''The Ice Age!''
** Ironically, as [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paleocene%E2%80%93Eocene_Thermal_Maximum That Other Wiki]] points out, the climate in the epochs immediately following the K-T extinction was substantially ''warmer''.
* The main villain of ''Film/DevilFish'' is a mutated ''Dunkleosteus''/octopus hybrid. In the movie, [[MixAndMatchCritters ignoring]] [[LEGOGenetics the obvious issues]], ''Dunkleosteus'' is described as a prehistoric [[ThreateningShark shark]]. Real ''Dunkleosteus'' were members of a now-extinct family, the Anthrodira, which left no surviving descendants and was only distantly related to sharks.
** They also claimed that the pliosaur ''Kronosaurus'' ''[[CriticalResearchFailure was a shark]].''
** Another fish that they describe as a prehistoric shark is a very modern, harmless basking shark.
* The 1960 movie ''Dinosaurus!'' featured the discovery and unintentional revival of a brontosaurus, a tyrannosaurus rex, and a caveman. Obviously these are the most well-known pre-historic creatures today, but lived tens of millions of years apart.
* The page image for PrehistoricMonster, taken from ''One Million Years B.C.'', depicts a kangaroo-stance ''Allosaurus'' that stands only slightly taller than the humans in the picture. In real life, even the smallest ''Allosaurus'' would stand about a foot and a half taller than an average-sized human being. (Also, assuming the title of the film is accurate, dinosaurs would have gone extinct some 64,000,000 years ago.)
* In ''Film/PacificRim'', the Kaiju are stated to be so big that they require two brains "like a dinosaur". While some early paleontologists thought some dinosaurs (particularly the stegosaurs and sauropods) had two brains, virtually no paleontologist believes it today.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* Eric Garcia's ''Anonymous Rex'' series of novels is just odd but a few things stand out. The trilogy's premise is that {{talking animal}}s walk among us disguised as humans, and that most of these are the few species of dinosaurs who survived the mass extinction at the end of the Cretaceous. They exist in the present day in ''exactly'' the forms they had on the other side of the K-T Boundary (though implicitly smaller or larger as the case may be). His protagonist is a ''Velociraptor'' -- a ''Franchise/JurassicPark''-style nekkid velociraptor with ''external ears'' -- private eye. The other main characters tend to be obvious dinosaurs like tyrannosaurs and hadrosaurs. Garcia's only research (and he openly admits this) is to have read and watched ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' a lot, but there's so much RuleOfFunny going on ("Series/{{Manimal}}: the Musical!") that the lack of research actually serves to make the series funnier. (And did we mention the -- ahem -- {{interspecies romance}}s?)
** The movie adaptation is... less so. While in the books the dinosaurs' disguises are explicitly stated to be ''really good'' rubber suits, the movie clearly thought that idea sucked. So the dinosaurs, who did use rubber suits in the past, now use hyper futuristic hologram generators instead -- probably because they dig out the old suits to use as a diversion and they're nowhere near as good as they could have been.
* The ''[[Literature/{{Animorphs}} Megamorphs]]'' book ''In The Time of Dinosaurs'' tried pretty hard to avoid this, with the only real anachronism given a HandWave (Tobias: "Who are you gonna believe, some scientist with a bunch of bones, or someone who was actually there?!") in the epilogue. Then again, it starts out with a nuclear explosion causing TimeTravel and also had crab-aliens and ant-aliens in a minor war over the Earth at the same time, so...
** It was actually a case of ShownTheirWork meets RuleOfCool - K.A. Applegate was doing her research, found out that certain dinos weren't around at the time of the extinction, then came up with the HandWave so she could get away with keeping them around.
* The ''Literature/JurassicPark'' novel actually doesn't commit this crime ''too'' much, as it tries to generally depict accepted theories on dinosaur behavior -- there's a very good reason why Creator/MichaelCrichton was a respected science fiction author -- and explains everything in a way that actually makes a lot of sense logically. The mix-and-match assembly of species from different periods is attributed to the fact that the geneticists who ''made'' the dinosaurs [[TheyJustDidntCare just didn't care]], and John Hammond, the guy in charge, was just relying on the RuleOfCool. The name of the park was chosen to appeal to investors, and to customers (had it opened for business), and not with any regard for accuracy. The whole "can't see you if you don't move" is actually attributed to ''all'' the dinos, not just the ''T. Rex'', as they had to fill in genetic gaps with the DNA of similar modern day reptiles and amphibians, many of which actually ''do'' have motion-based vision. The ''Velociraptor''s, though, are a lot closer in dimension, even in the books, to really large ''Deinonychus''es.
** According to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biological_issues_in_Jurassic_Park#Velociraptor That Other Wiki]] the scientific taxonomies used by Crichton at the time of writing classified ''Deinonychus'' to be a type of ''Velociraptor'', partially justifying their use.
** It uses this trope when the dinosaurs are in any way interested in the humans. The idea of a tyrannosaurus chasing a human for food is like you chasing a mouse for the same reason. The novel does HandWave the idea for the ''Velociraptors'', though. As Malcolm mentions, somewhere along the line, they must have realized that humans are easy prey - much as tigers tend to become man-eaters if they kill a human while starving. Easier to kill, that is, as long as they [[PlotArmor aren't the main characters]].
*** Possibly justified if the dinos are ''smarter'' than the humans gave them credit for, and have learned to associate the appearance and scent of human keepers with their daily delivery of food. Might ''T. rex'' have kept chasing the little squealing scampering things because she was used to them depositing a few hundred pounds of prime rib in front of her?
** Mentioned in Stephen Jay Gould's ''Dinosaur In A Haystack'':
--->'''Gould:''' Why did you put a Cretaceous dinosaur on the cover of '''''Jurassic''' Park''?\\
'''Crichton:''' Oh my god, I never thought of that. We were just playing around with different cover designs and [[RuleOfCool this was the one that looked best]].
** The sequel lampshades it with a character who points out several of the problems with the original, and comes up with a few guesses on what else could have caused things like the ''T. rex'' acting like it couldn't see them.
** All of the problems or errors in ''Jurassic Park'' are lampshaded by the characters. They repeatedly criticize John Hammond for his negligence and lack of attention to detail. Henry Wu explicitly points out that the dinosaurs are not authentic, but rather scientific mishmashes of DNA that approximate dinosaurs for the [[{{Pun}} consumption]] of tourists. As with Hammond, Wu is also depicted as being disinterested in the details of his work, and with deadly results.
* StevenBaxter's book ''Literature/{{Evolution}}''. While most of the time he gets the science right, and the speculative leaps he takes are somewhat within the bounds of plausibility, a few examples must be mentioned. First of all, in the story about the sapient ''Ornitholestes'', he mentions that the only evidence humans had of these species is the disappearance of sauropods in the Late Jurassic, since the sapient species bones and technology are too fragile to preserve. Problem is, sauropods didn't go extinct in the Late Jurassic, not even in the Northern Hemisphere. There were as many sauropods infesting North America in the Early Cretaceous as there were in the Late Jurassic, including ''Sauroposeidon'' and ''Sonorasaurus''.
** However there was a mass-extinction at the end of the Jurassic that claimed the dominant Jurassic sauropods, and the sauropods referred to in that story were all ''Diplodocus'', which did go extinct then. The phrase was 'the disappearance of ''the'' giant sauropods'. This could easily have meant just those specific species, not sauropods in general.
** The story about primates coming to North America has some anachronism and MisplacedWildlife in it too. Not only does it have indricotherid rhinos (native only to Asia), camels (who were only found in North America at this time), and such, it has gastornid birds inhabiting Oligocene-Miocene Africa...yes, even after these animals were supposed to have died out in the middle Eocene.
** In addition, the story involving ''Purgatorius'' has some flaws too. While Baxter does get it right by cloaking his troodonts in feathers, he leaves them off his dromaeosaurs. To add insult to injury, he makes the raptors cold-blooded, despite the fact that raptors are the very dinosaurs which ignited the cold blood, warm blood debate. In fact, even paleontologists who doubt endothermy in ornithischians and sauropods don't deny that raptors were most likely endothermic. And then there are the ''Giganotosaurus'' and ''Suchomimus'' in North America. Not only are these animals in the wrong place (''Giganotosaurus'' was from South America, ''Suchomimus'' from Africa), but they are from the wrong time, both species were from the Early Cretaceous.
*** The ''Giganotosaurus'' in that story was no less implausible that any of the other speculations not directly supported by fossil evidence Baxter uses, namely that a giganotosaur species whose fossil remains had not been found by modern human paleontologists, descended from the known early ''Giganotosaurus'' finds, survived to the end of the Cretaceous and migrated to North America across the land bridge between North and South America when it formed in the late Cretaceous. Similarly the ''Suchomimus'' is a not implausible speculation that a member of that particular family did in fact live in North America, though only fossils from the African branch of the family have so far been found. This is certainly possible since similar pairs of "sister taxa" in North America and Africa are known for many other dinosaur families, and the origins of these families date back to when North America and Africa were connected.
*** On the topic of the "disappearance of giant sauropods" thing, the problem is: not even the large sauropods disappeared at the end of the Jurassic. Many Cretaceous sauropods, such as ''Sauroposeidon'' and ''Argentinosaurus'' rivalled, if not surpassed the sizes that Jurassic sauropods reached.
* Both used and lovingly averted in James Gurney's ''Literature/{{Dinotopia}}''. Okay, yes, every prehistoric creature from ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Opabinia Opabinia]]'' to woolly mammoths is coexisting in a continent the size of Australia, and the reason for this is {{hand wave}}d, roughly anything that walks on land is smart enough to have a language and participate in a [[MarySuetopia peaceful utopia]] alongside humans, large not-quite-lingual pterosaurs can take off and fly while carrying humans, and small ceratopsians can speak any language. But Gurney is also up-to-date on the world of paleontology, and although his raptors were naked in early books, he painted them with feathers in later ones. And everything has the right physiology. Dinotopia is a children's story with enormous detail in the dinosaurs.
* While they aren't about dinosaurs, Steve Alten's ''Literature/{{Meg}}'' novels will make paleontology enthusiasts cringe. The opening scene of the first book has a ''T. rex'' chasing some hadrosaurs into the water, [[TheWorfEffect where it is eaten by a]] ''{{Megalodon}}'' [[TheWorfEffect explicitly stated to be twice its size]]. * sigh* ''Carcharodon Megalodon'' did '''not''' live during the Cretaceous (the giant shark appeared 47 million years '''after''' the dinosaurs died out) and it would '''not''' have been the top oceanic predator if it '''had''' lived in the Cretaceous (the big Mosasaurs would have been serious competition).
** As for the comment relating to the mosasaurs, Alten does have other giant carnivorous marine reptiles show in his series; ''Kronosaurus'' (Pliosaurs, aka; short-necked plesiosaurs). Only when they show up; they are not only PREY to the ''Megalodon'' (Pliosaurs were known to have eaten sharks quite often, judging by their remains and quite a few were larger than 'Meg') but [[ArtisticLicenseBiology they have somehow evolved gills]]. That's TWO inaccuracies of nature in one!
*** Alten states that the kronosaurs were at the top of the oceanic food chain...until ''Megalodon'' evolved, and that the "cold-blooded reptiles" were forced down to the warm geothermal areas on the ocean bottom. ''Megalodon'' was cold-blooded too. In fact, one of the most popular theories as to why they died out was that they couldn't follow whales to the poles during the Ice Age and starved. And a [[ScienceMarchesOn new study]] suggests that plesiosaurs like ''Kronosaurus'' had a more or less stable body temperature. So, these ''Megalodon''s just showed up in the Cretaceous and overpowered all of the '''very large''' marine reptiles with their ferocious awesomeness? Yes, [[ThreateningShark sharks are badass]], but this is pushing VillainSue territory!
*** Interestingly, though, there ''was'' a giant shark species that did live contemporaneously with the Cretaceous mosasaurs, and ''did'' prey on them, with ample fossil evidence from mosasaur bones (though the big Mosasaurs also preyed on them in return as well). It was ''Cretoxyrhina'', the Ginsu Shark, and could grow over 30 feet long, and a 30 foot marine animal could potentially reach up to twice the mass of a ''T. rex'', if not twice the length. Though the Ginsu Shark did go extinct before the end of the Cretaceous and would not have been contemporary to ''T. rex''.
** Alten wouldn't be the only one to greatly exaggerate Megalodon's size (the most realistic estimates place it at 50-60 feet long at maximum, Alten goes above and beyond 80-90 feet) and place it in the Dinosaurs era. It seems these two traits go hand in hand when attempting to write fiction for these things (yeah, because a shark as large as most whales isn't interesting enough, they need to [[EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs insert Dinosaurs]]).
* Mentioned in the sci-fi novel ''[[Literature/TheLordsOfCreation The Sky People]]'' by S.M. Stirling, due to AncientAstronauts terraforming and seeding Venus with Earth lifeforms. There are also [[NubileSavage beautiful cave princesses]] in {{fur bikini}}s, much to everyone's delight.
* ''Kronos''. It rapidly becomes apparent that the author did not do any research whatsoever [[CriticalResearchFailure on plesiosaur biology]]. Among the worst is the eponymous Kronosaurus swimming in an up-and-down body motion like a whale, complete with flukes. The problem? Plesiosaurs had a stiff spine and were virtually forced to swim sealion or penguin style. Seeing as the author has a severe creationist lean, this [[ArtisticLicenseBiology F in biology]] could be due to not doing any research at all and trying to [[DanBrowned Dan Brown it]]. The author has several other books involving prehistoric life, which likely contain other issues.
* Partially {{justified|Trope}} in the Franchise/{{Conan|TheBarbarian}} story ''Literature/RedNails''. Conan encounters a "dragon" (which is obviously a dinosaur) - but despite the fact that the story is set "only" ten or twenty thousand years ago, the dinosaur is not a natural survival, but an extinct creature reanimated from fossils by powerful wizards. (This still doesn't explain why what is clearly a ''Stegosaurus'' is an aggressive carnivore, though!)
** ''Anything'' re-animated in the Conan stories is an aggressive carnivore.
** It's a '''zombie'''; of ''course'' it's a carnivore.
** AWizardDidIt
* The back cover of the [[Literature/DoctorWhoNovelisations novelisation]] of ''Series/DoctorWho and the Silurians'' boasts that the story contains "a 40 ft. high ''Tyrannosaurus rex'', the biggest, most savage mammal which ever trod the earth!" No ''T. rex'' fossil ever found has been that big; the largest one is 40 feet ''long'' from nose to tail. And then there's that other bit -- while most of us aren't experts on the subject, we could probably tell you that T. rex was not a mammal.
** If the authors call an animal covered in scaly skin that lays eggs and has hollow bones a mammal, then they have more problems than they realize.
* ''Literature/TheLandThatTimeForgot'' series by Creator/EdgarRiceBurroughs has a TyrannosaurusRex ''running on all fours''. Even though this was written around WWI, ''this'' one isn't really covered by ScienceMarchesOn...
* In another Burroughs novel ''In Tarzan at the Earth's Core'', a Stegosaurus is described as jumping from a height and using its plates as a gliding mechanism.
* There is a children's book called ''[[http://www.amazon.com/Day-Dinosaur-First-Time-Books/dp/0394891309 Day of the Dinosaur]]'' which commits this sin in spades. None of the dinos are illustrated correctly and [[AnachronismStew they all are depicted as living around the same time.]] Also, ''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeNonDinosaurianReptiles Dimetrodon]]'', ''Mesosaurus'' and '''''[[UsefulNotes/PrehistoricLifeOtherExtinctCreatures Eryops]]''''' are called dinosaurs. (For those who don't know, ''Eryops'' was an amphibian that was roughly contemporary of ''Dimetrodon''. It's portrayed as a land animal in the book. Also, the three foot-long ''Mesosaurus'' resembled a crocodile and lived at the same time as ''Dimetrodon'' and ''Eryops'', but farther south. A filter-feeder, it was the first reptile to return to an aquatic existence. A related coloring book [[CriticalResearchFailure makes it out to be a predator about thirty feet long]].) To be fair, the book was from the sixties, so some of this is ScienceMarchesOn, but the rest is simply inexcusable, as [[http://www.amazon.com/review/RSJQ7KJ0HH8RW/ref=cm_cr_pr_viewpnt#RSJQ7KJ0HH8RW this review]] points out.
* A ''WesternAnimation/ThomasTheTankEngine'' picture book was actually about Thomas and Stepney finding a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' skeleton on Sodor, despite that dinosaur being native to North America (they really should've uncovered a ''Proceratosaurus'', ''Eotyrannus'', ''Yaverlandia'', ''Becklespinax'', ''Valdoraptor'', ''Megalosaurus'', ''Sarcosaurus'', ''Aristosuchus'', ''Calamospondylus'', ''Iliosuchus'', ''Metriacanthosaurus'', ''Eustreptospondylus'', ''Duriavenator'', ''Neovenator'' or ''Baryonyx'', all of which are actually theropod dinosaurs that are native to England). Well, at least the dinosaur skeleton the Narrow Gauge locomotives found in the show is actually that of a ''Dacentrurus'' (a large stegosaurid native to England).
* Several very cheap kids' dinosaur books suffer from this, ''badly''. Probably the worst is [[http://www.amazon.com/Dinosaurs-Mission-Xtreme-Chris-Madsen/dp/1902626842/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1305751385&sr=1-3 this one]], which is just one big CriticalResearchFailure from beginning to end. For starters, it has ''herbivorous plesiosaurs'', states that ''Ceratosaurus'' was a tyrannosaur (right, and you're a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tarsier tarsier]]), claims that TyrannosaurusRex grew to 65 feet long (try 42 feet), has naked raptors, claims that ''Oviraptor'' lived on eggs (discarded in the nineties) has ''aquatic sauropods'' (disproven in the sixties, while the book was written in 2003), says that ''Archaeopteryx'' evolved after the raptors and [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking has really lame 3D]]. Somewhere a paleontologist is committing suicide by jumping in a mosasaur-infested pool.
* ''{{Literature/Dinoverse}}'', while mostly suffering from ScienceMarchesOn, has a weird disconnect between the illustrations and the text. The illustrations are all accurate for the time, but in the text Tyrannosaurs can casually slap their tails on the ground and are twenty feet or so tall, as if they were the archaic tripod-bodied types and not the horizontally-oriented ones in the illustrations. Mentions are also made of the ''lips'' of creatures which are beaked.
* The ''Literature/GeronimoStilton'' book "Valley of the Giant Skeletons" managed to pass a ''Psittacosaurus'' skeleton as a ''Tarbosaurus'' skeleton. Most of the palaeontology stuff is okay, though.
** Played painfully straight, however, in the spin-off series ''Cavemice'', which is basically just another version of ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' with mice.
** The spin-off graphic novel ''Dinosaurs in Action'' has the main cast go back 140 million years ago in the Cretaceous Period, but they encounter [[MisplacedWildlife both North American and Asian]] genera that lived [[AnachronismStew 80 to 65 million years ago]]. The genera featured include a flexible-necked ''Elasmosaurus'', a ''Quetzalcoatlus'' more closely resembling an oversized ''Pteranodon'', and a sparsely-feathered egg-stealing ''Oviraptor'' (though it was at least described as an omnivore). On the other hand, ''Velociraptor'' is surprisingly anatomically accurate, even [[ShownTheirWork being coated in feathers]].
* Jane Gaskell's ''Literature/{{Atlan}}'' novels take place in a fantasy prehistory that includes, among other oddities, people using dinosaurs (which are simply referred to as "dinosaurs" with no other description) as transportation. The conceit of the series is that it's humanity's ''true'' origin story, which makes the anachronisms stick out all the more. While the narrative is indeed based on [[http://www.sacred-texts.com/pag/twg.htm long]]-[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_Churchward outdated]] [[http://www.anandgholap.net/Story_Of_Atlantis_And_The_Lost_Lemuria-W_Scott-Elliot.pdf sources]], humans coexisting with dinosaurs does not feature in any of them. More likely, this element comes from the works of Edgar Rice Burroughs.
* Played with in the ''Annals of Improbable Research'' article ''[[http://www.improbable.com/airchives/paperair/volume1/v1i1/barney.htm The Taxonomy of Barney]]'', which, after noting Barney's un-dinosaur-like behavior and revealing through an X-ray photograph that Barney's skeletal structure is indistinguishable from that of ''Homo sapiens'', rules out the hypotheses that Barney is more closely related to dinosaurs or dead fish than humans.
* In 2010, National Geographic published ''The Ultimate Dinopedia: The Most Complete Dinosaur Reference Ever'', which, despite it being written by children's paleontology writer "Dino" Don Lessem, is full of errors. Observe:
** Classification brainfarts abound (ceratosaurs are often confused with ceratopsians, while dromaeosaurids are said to include many non-dromaeosaurids).
** Several long-discredited theories (placement of coelophysoids in Ceratosauria) are treated as fact, as well as hypotheses that are questionable (synonymizing ''Triceratops'' and ''Torosaurus'').
** Inaccurate size estimates (the giant carnosaur ''Chilantaisaurus'' is listed as being 10 feet long).
** Hit-and-miss illustrations (inaccurately feathered coelurosaurs are persistent).
** An incomplete dinosaur list (the tyrannosaur ''Bistahieversor'' is listed, although the megalosaur ''Leshansaurus'', which was published a month before, is absent).
* Subverted in ''Literature/TheMagicTreeHouse'' movie: the dinosaurs featured lived at the same time and place, ''Pteranodon'' is quadrupedal and takes off with its wings, ''Alamosaurus'' has a brachiosaurid-like body instead of a diplodocid-like one, and ''Tyrannosaurus'' has non-pronated hands. On the other hand, ''Pteranodon'' is too big and lives inland, ''Alamosaurus'' has a skull more similar to ''Giraffititan'', the hadrosaurs have visible fingers, and pterosaurs were referred to as dinosaurs in a book.
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* ''DestinationTruth'', the 'flying dinosaur' episode. Lets see, they identify the creature from the descriptions as a pterodactyl, yet never, not ONCE say its a flying ''reptile'', not a flying dinosaur. The closest thing to a flying 'dinosaur' are the first birds, NOT the pterosaurs, which are a completely separate [[strike:species]] taxon.
* ''Franchise/SuperSentai'' and ''Franchise/PowerRangers'' mostly avoid this, as they don't even bother with any kind of dinosaur facts (and therefore can't screw them up). Their main failure is merely falling into the StockDinosaurs trap; in ''Series/KyoryuSentaiZyuranger''/''Series/MightyMorphinPowerRangers'' seasons 1 to 3, only two of the FiveManBand had their powers from actual dinosaurs (Geki and Dan/Jason -> Rocky and Billy). ''Series/BakuryuuSentaiAbaranger''/''Series/PowerRangersDinoThunder'' also failed to correctly identify the SixthRanger's mecha - a ''Tupuxuara'' pterosaur, but called "Top Galer" in ''Abaranger'' and [[DinosaursAreDragons "Drago zord"]] in ''Dino Thunder''. The latter also referred to a ''Styracosaurus'' zord as the "Mezodon".
** The biggest goof actually occurs in the time-travel themed series, ''Series/PowerRangersTimeForce'', rather than either of the dinosaur-themed ones. In a trip to prehistoric times, the Rangers both get chased by a ''Tyrannosaurus'' and find a painting of a time-tossed zord. Another real goof is that they had a ''Stegosaurus'' alongside Cretaceous fauna.
** The rangers in Zyuranger supposedly come from 170 million years ago, during the Jurassic period- a time at which ''none'' of the animals they represent lived (neither did humans, which means it's probably meant to be some sort of AlternateHistory in which they all did live at the same time).
** The Dragonzord/Dragon Caesar isn't even a prehistoric animal. It's more of... er... Franchise/{{Godzilla}}?
* The ''Series/{{Dinosaurs}}'' {{sitcom}} had an... ''unusual'' take on this concept. The writers consciously did no research in order to get in more jokes. As such, we have things like Allosaurs and Tyrannosaurs living together, carnivorous ''Triceratops'', and cavemen (and mammoths and mastodons were mentioned). They also live in 60,000,000 B.C., 5 million years after the dinosaurs should have become extinct (oddly enough, the last episode of the series features them [[DownerEnding going extinct]]).They ''are'' living in houses complete with refrigerators and eight-track tape players, so we really [[MST3KMantra can't fault them]].
** Ironically, a minority of paleontologists believe ''Triceratops'' really was an omnivore, but that doesn't make the show tremendously more accurate.
** It is worth noting, however, that even if Triceratops was an omnivore, the only things it likely would've eaten in the way of meat were carrion and small invertebrates. Hence why many people describing the omnivore-theory have compared Triceratops to modern pigs.
* ''LostTapes'' has several of its monsters portrayed as Prehistoric Animals. None of them make sense. Goofs includes a surviving Azhdarchid Pterosaur behaving as a modern (albeit giant) Shrike; a [[IAmAHumanitarian people-eating]] Elasmosaur and a ''Megalania'' [[MisplacedWildlife living in rainforest]].
* ''Series/SirArthurConanDoylesTheLostWorld''. That is all.
** This is a case of Science Marches On, as when [[Literature/TheLostWorld the book]] was written dinosaurs were a new discovery and almost everything people thought they knew at the time was later disproved.
** The book, yes; the TV series, not so much. The show was designed to cash in on the success of ''Jurassic Park'', hence the abundance of velociraptors (a dinosaur unknown in Doyle's day).
* The ''Series/LittleHowardsBigQuestion'' episode "Could The Dinosaurs Ever Come Back" is a ''carnival'' of this. To list a few; a ''T. rex'' is shown with ''three'' fingers, as well as implying that all dinosaurs lived at the same time (using stock footage from Walking With Dinosaurs) and mentioning "Brontosaurus" like it's still a valid genus.
* ''Series/DoctorWho'' is guilty of a number of egregious examples of this, even more so when you remember that it is aimed primarily at children, arguably the most dino-savvy demographic on the planet. Its most notable flub is its creation of the "Silurians", a race of humanoid-reptilian beings who coexisted with the dinosaurs, despite the fact the Silurian Period (called the "Silurian Era") ended about ''200 million years'' before the dinosaurs evolved, a span of time that tests the limits of the RuleOfCool to breaking point. A later serial attempted to correct this by saying they should properly be called "Eocenes", which is certainly better, but no more right, as the Eocene began about 10 million years after the dinosaurs went extinct. A third attempt to give them a name decided on ''Homo reptilia'', which inadvertently placed them in the same genus as us.
** One of the main plotlines of the Silurians' [[MyNameIsNotShazam oddly-named]] [[Recap/DoctorWhoS7E2DoctorWhoAndTheSilurians debut serial]] relies on humans experiencing "primal fear" when faced with the reptilian [[MonsterOfTheWeek monster of the day]], even going so far as to regress to a caveman mentality and start painting on walls. But by the time the higher monkeys had split off and begun expansion, the age of the reptiles was long gone.
** In a rather strange case of ScienceMarchesOn, the original introduction of the Silurians occurred in 1970, before evidence from the Moon landings had disproven the idea that the Moon was a captured body from another part of the Solar System. As such, the arrival of the Moon is used as a plot point, as the Silurians went into hibernation to escape it, thinking it was about to collide and destroy them, only to be left sleeping when it didn't happen. Rather ironically, within a decade the idea that the Age of Dinosaurs ''had'' been ended by an impactor from space was gaining ground, enough for a later ''Who'' serial, ''Earthshock'', to use it as part of ''its'' plot.
** But this is topped by another Third Doctor story: ''[[Recap/DoctorWhoS11E2InvasionOfTheDinosaurs Invasion of the Dinosaurs]]''. Somewhere, a Palaeontologist is [[UpToEleven Committing Suicide by Placing his Head between Two Convergent Tectonic Plates]].
** "Dinosaurs on a Spaceship" had {{Ptero Soarer}}s, juvenile ''[[http://blogs.smithsonianmag.com/dinosaur/2012/09/dinosaurs-on-a-spaceship/ Tyrannosaurus]]'' that look like the adults and typical [[RaptorAttack pop culture raptors]].
* One episode of [[Creator/FoodNetwork 24-Hour Restaurant Battle]] had a caveman-themed restaurant called The Cave-In. ''Every single food item'' was dinosaur-themed, even things like ribs and burgers that could have been named after any animal at all (like, say, mammoths).
* In the BBC show ''My Pet Dinosaur'', they speculated on human's relationships with dinosaurs had the meteor not hit. Ignoring the likelihood of humans even existing in that scenario, they had sauropods that [[AllAnimalsAreDogs barked]], walked on two legs, and ''were the size of small cats''. They also had a ''Protoceratops'' as the equivalent of pigs and chickens, even though [[AnachronismStew ''Protoceratops'' went extinct ''before'' the meteor, and chickens-or at least chicken-like birds-already existed in the late Cretaceous]]. They also had human-shaped dinosaurs, even though the structure of a dinosaur couldn't have supported that. Also, they had scaly maniraptors. I thought this was speculation, not ''WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes''.
** To be fair, they did address the issue of humans coexisting with dinosaurs. According to the cited experts, there is no evidence that any dinosaur ever occupied the arboreal niche of our primate ancestors, leaving it open for them to exploit. Whether this is actually true is up for debate.
* ''Series/{{Primeval}}'' doesn't have accurate creature models, but the creators have acknowledged that they do their research - they just decide to deliberately exaggerate things for dramatic effect.
* {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d in an eighth season episode of ''Series/TheOfficeUS''. While talking about the many unpleasant aspects of living in Florida, Robert California remarks, "Alligators are ''dinosaurs'', Dwight. [[KnowNothingKnowItAll You know that, right?]]" Dwight, visibly torn between correcting his boss and letting the inaccuracy slide, quietly answers, "Mmm... it's complicated."
* Two episodes of Creator/DisneyChannel's ''Series/{{Jessie}}'' seem to perpetrate the lizardlike ''Velociraptor'' subtrope.
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[[folder:Music]]
* According to the song "Walking in Your Footsteps" by Music/ThePolice, the mighty ''Brontosaurus'' walked the Earth 50 million years ago. In reality, the most recent ''Brontosaurus'' (''Apatosaurus'') remains are nearly 150 million years old, and the extinction of the dinosaurs occurred 65 million years ago.
* Music/IronMaiden's "Quest for Fire" mostly [[FilkSong retells the story of]] [[Film/QuestForFire the eponymous movie]]... except for the ([[{{Narm}} hilariously overblown]]) opening line "In a time when dinosaurs walked the earth..." It should be noted that this was probably the band being funny, as they are history buffs and would know about things like this.
* [[http://dannysaucedo.bandcamp.com/ Danny Saucedo]]'s song "Dinosaur Bones" from the album ''Drawings of Dinosaurs'' includes a line about pterodactyls flying in "the Pleistocene sky." By the time of the Pleistocene epoch, pterosaurs had been extinct for nearly 64 million years.
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[[folder:Newspaper Comics]]
* An early series of ''ComicStrip/FoxTrot'' comic strips had Jason filming a dinosaur movie, with his pet iguana Quincy as the dinosaur. He called the film "Iguanadon Terror", even though Quincy looked nothing like an actual iguanodon (Jason was aiming for something like a ''Dimetrodon'', though when asking if Quincy could pass for a dinosaur he was told that Quincy only looked like an iguana with a fan taped to its back).
** A later strip had Jason doing a {{claymation}} movie called "Mesozoic Park"; he pointed out that ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' was mostly about dinosaurs from the Cretaceous period.
** In another strip, he was seen writing a letter explaining the brontosaur/apatosaur controversy to a cookie manufacturer that used the former term in the "Fun Facts" of their dinosaur cookie boxes. He then immediately tries to blackmail them into sending him free cookies.
** Another strip perpetrated the 25-meter ''Liopleurodon'' meme started by ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs''.
* Bill Watterson, the author of ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'', admits that his earliest strips involving dinosaurs were pretty embarrassing. After doing some research, and getting as excited about dinosaurs as Calvin, his drawings of dinosaurs became more and more accurate and realistic (as an aside, tellingly, most fantasy sequences in ''ComicStrip/CalvinAndHobbes'' are drawn in a more [[RealityIsUnrealistic realistic]] way than Calvin's day-to-day life). If you have a collection of ''Calvin and Hobbes'' anthologies, note that by around 1994, it's obvious that Watterson invested in a Gregory S. Paul book for anatomy and in a set of "Jurassic Park" action figures for posing and staging.
** One strip involved such realistic Dromeosaurs that they would scare small children. It didn't help that Calvin was ''talking'' about them eating small children. The little freak!
** Shortly after that strip, ''Jurassic Park'' came out, and Watterson stopped putting dinosaurs in the strip for a time so that they wouldn't be negatively compared to the CGI.
** Watterson doesn't let accuracy get in the way of RuleOfCool. Say it with me: [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot ''TYRANNOSAURS IN F-14s!'']]
--->'''Calvin:''' "This is '''''so''''' cool!"\\
'''Hobbes:''' "This is '''''so''''' stupid."
** Despite Calvin normally having a callous disregard for scientific accuracy, this trope is amusingly subverted and lampshaded when Calvin and his parents visit a natural history museum. Calvin's mom asks him (in that typical way that moms do when they're trying to encourage their kids to talk about something they like) to tell her about the ''Stegosaurus'' statue outside. Calvin goes into a long (and scientifically accurate) explanation of the most likely habits and characteristics of Stegosaurs, until his mom tries to humor him further by asking if the ''T. rex'' and the ''Stegosaurus'' used to fight each other, leading to this outburst:
-->'''Calvin:''' Of course not, Mom! The ''Stegosaurus'' lived millions of years before the ''T. rex''! [[SeriousBusiness Jeez, try not to embarrass me when we go inside, okay?]]
* '' ComicStrip/{{BC}}'', perhaps one of the most JustForFun/{{egregious}} examples of a newspaper comic that has both dinosaurs and humans. Incidentally, though the creator, Johnny Hart, was a self-proclaimed Christian fundamentalist, the scientific shortcomings seem to be less because of his beliefs and more for AnachronismStew PlayedForLaughs[[note]]The strip was started about two decades before he even had his conversion anyway.[[/note]].
** After Hart's death in 2007, the strip started to feature dromaeosaurids, which are as usual featherless and no different than the ones in ''Franchise/JurassicPark''. One strip did, however, point out how birdlike it was [[http://www.johnhartstudios.com/bc/2010/06/sunday-june-6-2010.php in an amusing way]].
* ''ComicStrip/AlleyOop'', starting in 1932, with his pet, Dinny. Before Television!
* '' ComicStrip/TheFarSide'' had many strips that showed or implied dinosaurs and cavemen living at the same time. However, the strip describing the "thagomizer" has been endorsed by actual paleontologists for giving a name to a certain part of stegosaur anatomy, even though it implied that said part posed a danger to primitive hominids. Gary Larson has said that he is well aware of the anachronism and while part of him justifies the cartoons on the RuleOfFunny, part of him feels very guilty about using this trope, especially given the high regard in which he is generally held by the scientific community.
* One ''ComicStrip/BeetleBailey'' strip implies that life has existed on land for only five million years.
* ''ComicStrip/{{Dilbert}}'' features Bob the Dinosaur, who interacts with modern humans rather than cavemen. At least one strip has implied that he woke up after hibernating for millions of years.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* Invoked to the hilt in Creator/{{Gottlieb}}'s ''Pinball/{{Caveman}}'', where the player maneuvers the caveman to hunt brontosaurs and pterodactyls while avoiding the Tyrannosaurus rex.
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[[folder:Radio]]
* Karl Pilkington from ''Radio/TheRickyGervaisShow'' often makes mistakes when it comes to pre-historic life (as he does with everything else), referring to how they lived with dinosaurs and other "facts" he picked up from fictional works. Ricky repeatedly tells him he's wrong and that he's either picked this up from ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' or ''Film/TenThousandBC'' and mistaking it as fact.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Prior editions of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' handle the various species of dinosaur better than it does [[SadlyMythtaken mythology]], even pointing out the differences between the ''Velociraptor'' and the ''Deinonychus''. They still list ''Pteranodon'' and ''Elasmosaurus'' under the same catchall of "dinosaurs", though; in the Fourth Edition, however, they are [[CallARabbitASmeerp renamed Behemoths]]. Plus still allowing the Quetzalcoatlus and Elasmosaurus to swallow humans whole (note: not only could they probably never do that without dislodging their entire lower beak, but a Quetzalcoatlus with a human in its gut would probably be too heavy to fly).
** They honestly go in a lot of different directions with this, depending on the edition. At one time, dinosaurs were classified as Beasts (a different creature type from Animals, in much the same way that humans are Humanoids and most invertebrates are Vermin).
* ''TabletopGame/GeniusTheTransgression'' features a [[ScienceMarchesOn Bardo]] based on discredited theories of the Hollow World, which seems to be filled with every paleontological mistake ever made, such as brontosaurs (no, not apatosaurs, ''brontosaurs''), the old Victorian notion of what an iguanodon looked like, and Piltdown Men.
* There is this very obscure, very low-quality board game sold in Hungary that goes by the name ''Küzdelem a dinoszauruszok földjén'' (Battle in the Realm of the Dinosaurs). Has only a handful of pictures, all of which contain horrible depictions of StockDinosaurs -- one ''Brachiosaurus'' with a backwards knee, and one with shorter forelegs than back legs, standing as erect as a human; toothed, bat-winged ''Pteranodon''s with the bat fingers sprouting from the ''back'' of the wings; and gigantic, scaly ''Velociraptor''s with ''Therizinosaurus''-like claws. In short, it is the board game equivalent of "Chinasaurs" (see lower).
* [[TabletopGame/YuGiOh Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Card Game]] has a "Dinosaur" type as one of its monster types: the type is mostly made up of the popular dinosaurs listed above, and unfortunately includes a mammoth. An ''undead'' mammoth. Fortunately, later, non-zombie Mammoth monsters (such as Big-Tusked Mammoth) are more correctly listed as Beast-Type. They also thankfully averted the "nekkid Raptor" trope with Black Veloci. A lot of the earlier dinos, though, were the classic "nekkid" version (but see also DinosaursAreDragons). The older cards were victims of ScienceMarchesOn as noted above; those cards were first released before the feathers thing had been discovered.
* While we're on the subject of dinosaurs being given powers and placed on trading cards, ''VideoGame/DinosaurKing''.
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[[folder:Toys]]
* The ''[[http://www.dinosaurcollector.150m.com/playskool.htm DinoRiders]]'' franchise had dinosaurs from virtually everywhere, plus the obligatory pterosaurs and Dimetrodon. A spinoff line of prehistoric mammals provided another example of this trope, with an entelodont (giant pig-thing) alongside a giant ground sloth, saber-toothed cat, and wooly mammoth. Then again, this is a series that concerns the [[NinjaPirateZombieRobot exploits of aliens waging war on prehistoric Earth]] with the help -- voluntary in the case of the good guys, not so much in the case of the bad guys -- of the animals. RuleOfCool heals many a wound.
* Playschool had a toy line called [[http://www.dinosaurcollector.150m.com/playskool.htm Definitely Dinosaurs]]. It featured fully articulated prehistoric creatures, and was meant to be educational... so what are the cavepeople doing there?
** At least the packaging pointed it out and said it was just for fun. The real question is why the cavemen were all so outlandishly stocky.
* Tyco's [=ImagiNext=] line does the same thing, though it has no pretensions of being educational. Bonus no-prize for the CarnivoresAreMean storyline.
* Fisher-Price has a line called ''Imaginext Dinosaurs'' which is various dinosaur toys (IE: ''[[StockDinosaurs Tyrannosaurus rex, Triceratops, Brontosaurus (sic)]]'' along with some commonly-used non-dinosaurs (IE: Sabre-Toothed Tigers, Woolly Mammoths, ''Dimetrodons, Pteranodons'', etc.)...Oh, and cavemen. Considering it's meant to be a science fiction-fantasy-action line of toys for kids, [[RuleOfCool it's somewhat forgivable.]] However, the real outrage is that one of the toys (which is supposed to be a ''Dilophosaurus'', including the cliched Jurassic Park-inspired frill...which it NEVER had) is called a "Frilled Raptor". Can you hear your inner paleontologist sobbing now?
* And then, there's Topps' insane ''DinosaursAttack!'' trading card series. It's probably a lot easier just to say this: any question as to whether or not they were pointedly invoking the DinosaursAreDragons trope were gone the minute it turned out that the (all carnivorous and [[KillAllHumans homicidal]] regardless of species) dinosaurs were sent by ''[[http://www.bobheffner.com/dinosaursattack/front46.htm Dinosaur Satan]]''. In addition, this is one ''incredibly'' violent series of cards -- rivaling even Topps' own "Mars Attacks" in terms of sheer mayhem. [[http://www.bobheffner.com/dinosaursattack/front8.htm The whole set]] [[http://www.bobheffner.com/dinosaursattack/front36.htm generally appears]] [[http://www.bobheffner.com/dinosaursattack/front31.htm to be]] [[http://www.bobheffner.com/dinosaursattack/sfront4.htm aiming for]] RefugeInAudacity writ large.
* Much of the dinosaurs found in Dollar Stores are guilty of this trope. Case in point, at least one Dollar Store has toys for sale that include a Ceratosaurus labelled as an Oviraptor and a Dimetrodon labelled as Spinosaurus.
** And there exists one such "Chinasaur" package that depicts a ''T. rex'' eating a huge lump of grass... maybe it was hay, but in either case, it was not flesh-colored.
*** Okay, that one is a blindingly obvious mistake to even the most paleontology-uneducated individual. Isn't T.rex famous for being the most badass ''carnivore'' in the history of the planet, isn't it the one always shown biting the head off of every other dinosaur? I take it the toy makers had been living in a cave their whole lives.
** Creator/GaryGygax created a handful of the iconic monsters of ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' when he bought a bag of toys to use as miniatures which could only have been called "dinosaurs" euphemistically, despite this being what the bag was labelled as. The rust monster was inspired by what looked like a cross between a flea and a lobster with a propeller on its tail. Only a handful of the rest were anything close to dinosaur-shaped. For reference, the ''Bulette'' is probably the most dinosaur-like of the monsters that share this origin.
* In general, most toys would be more accurately conveyed in the term "Prehistoric long dead things in colorful poses," but that would not please many parents.
* Check out this tiny ''[[http://paleofreak.com/plasticosauria/blog/2010/12/09/goatsaurus-carnotaurus-from-predators-cabrasaurio-carnotaurus-de-predators/ "Carnotaurus"]]'' from a German toy series, called ''Predators''. The only research the sculptor made most likely stopped at "carnivorous dinosaur with horns". Quite strange, considering the series has models of other, much more obscure and yet better sculpted animals. Though it also has a Sauropod calling itself a ''Lystrosaurus'', a naked raptor, and a Theropod labeled "''Megatherium''". The linked blog offers a variety of similarly exquisitely bad Chinasaurs.
* There exist several lines of cheaply made Franchise/{{Transformers}}-ish figures, all of which turn into dinosaurs, following the same general pattern: back legs become arms, the legs are formed from the belly, the tail splits in two to become shoulder-cannon mounts, and the head ends up on their chest (or in some cases lower, which lead to TF fans dubbing some of these toys "Dinocock Prime"). There is one figure called ''Deinonychus-Bot'', however the actual toy turns into a harmless and cute-looking basal ornithopod/iguanodont! For some reason, this makes the toy all the more badass.
** Perhaps transforming alien robots only have Jurassic Park for reference with respect to Earth's prehistory.
*** [[FridgeBrilliance They can only copy mechanical devices. They copied mechanical dinosaurs from theme parks, that were affected from Critical Research Failure to begin with.]]
* Franchise/{{LEGO}}'s ''Dino'' line of sets feature standard, ''JP''-styled critters, including a scaly, kangaroo-handed raptor. The figures are still leagues better than the ones from [[LEGOAdventurers ''Adventurers'']] or [[Toys/LEGODinoAttack ''Dino 2010/Dino Attack'']], though.
** Ever since biomechanical dinosaur cyborgs got introduced to LEGO's ''Franchise/{{Bionicle}}'' canon, fans have eagerly waited for one to appear in an illustrated form of media. The graphic novel ''Legends of Bara Magna'' finally depicted one, but it was a one-panel wonder of a stereotype ''[[WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones Flintstones]]''-styled tail-dragging "''Brontosaurus''" with what looked like miniature lamp-posts sticking out of its cyber-head. But then it kicks in: this is an aversion, since ''Bionicle'' animals have never looked realistic.
* The Playmobil dinosaur line [[ShownTheirWork largely averts this]]: the ''Pteranodon'' has a toothless beak, most of the theropods have non-pronated hands, the spinosaurid is larger than the tyrannosaurid, etc. The only real caveat is the [[RaptorAttack lack of feathers on the deinonychosaur]].[[note]] And the nostrils atop the brachiosaur's head, but that one's a bit more technical.[[/note]]
* There's a set of models called "Prehistoric Digs". The advertising copy for them in the catalog says, "Discover a hidden 3D dinosaur skeleton! Then assemble the scattered bones to reveal your very own 10" museum quality reproduction of a 70 million year old 3D dinosaur skeleton. Specify T-Rex, Triceratops, Stegosaurus, or Mammoth."
* ''Franchise/JurassicPark'''s ''Chaos Effect'' line of toys relied entirely on the RuleOfCool with its insane MixAndMatchCritters. This is a pretty abstract concept to begin with, though there were instances where you had to wonder how these mutants came to look the way they do, considering what species they're composed of. ''[[http://statigr.am/p/291759099501781899_204584775 Velocirapteryx]]'', for example, is said to be a ''Velociraptor'' combined with an ''Archaeopteryx'', yet the figure features an elongated pterosaur-finger for a wing, which neither of these had, and said finger serves as an attachment point for the wing feathers, when these really grew out of their second fingers. Also, since ''Velociraptor'' and ''Archaeopteryx'' were nearly identical-looking dinosaurs anyway, if we did mix them together, the differences between the base dinos and the resulting mutant would hardly be all that apparent (it would be like mixing together a wolf and a jackal). However, as far as the feathers go, there's a fair bit of ScienceMarchesOn taking place, because it was only discovered later on that ''Velociraptor'' itself was feathered, which makes the figure HilariousInHindsight.
* In ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}'''s ''Power Core Combiners'' line, the Dinobot Grimstone is misidentified on his box as a ''Triceratops'', whereas he's really a ''Styracosaurus''. Eh, easy mistake to make, especially since he has a stylized, robotic dino-mode. But worse, his ''Dimetrodon''-drone is said to be a ''Spinosaurus'' on the same package!
* The Dino Valley lineup of Chap Mei Toys is the embodiment of this trope. It has scaly raptors and pterosaurs, ''Pteranodon'' with a beak full of teeth and an additional ''Tapejara''-esque crest, a bizarre cross between an ''Ornithocheirus'' and a rhamphorhynchid labled as ''Pterodactylus'', an ''Ornitholestes'' (referred to as "Dragonosaurus" in some packaging) with a crest on its snout and raptor-like footclaws, a featherless egg-stealing ''Oviraptor'', double-crested spinosaurids, a frilled ''Dilophosaurus'' with a sail and only two toes, bendy-necked plesiosaurs, a ''Carnotaurus'' with a small nose horn and tyrannosaurid-like arms, and a ''Brachiosaurus'' with a diplodocid-like body.
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* {{Averted|Trope}} in ''Jetpack Brontosaurus''. As the game acknowledges, the title character is an Apatosaurus. Brontosaurus is just his ''name''. It also takes pains to use the Order name Pterosaurs in the introduction, some of which ''were'' contemporary with the Apatosaurus, rather than a specific genus that might not have been. All other weirdness can be written off to it taking place in a surreal dream world. Then again, it's made by the same people as ''Raptor Safari'', below, which similarly delights in being much, much more scientifically accurate than such a blatantly ridiculous game needs to be.
* The "naked Velociraptors" subtrope is happily {{averted|Trope}} in [=FlashBang's=] ''[[http://www.vimeo.com/618534 Off-Road Velociraptor Safari]]'', of all places. Bonus points for the PerpetualMolt effects.
** As to not be unfairly complimentary, those aren't ''Velociraptor''. They look like excessively gaudy ''Utahraptor''.
* Yoshi, anyone? ''VideoGame/SuperMarioWorld'' featured Dinosaur Land, which was inhabited by Yoshis (who are variously referred to as dinosaurs and dragons, depending who you talk to). So within the whole Mario canon, we have dinosaurs who live among humans, fly or spit fire, swallow other creatures amphibian-style and turn them into eggs, which they then use as missile weapons! And later on they had a limited form of speech.
* How about ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft''? In the Barrens and Durotar, there are the most stereotypical predatory dinosaurs in the world. Raptors (the dinos, not the birds) are even the racial mount of trolls. To be fair, if there are [[FantasyKitchenSink dragons, yetis, green-skinned shamanistic weird people, and giant blue satyrs with tentacles growing out of their faces]], there may as well be dinosaurs.
** Un'Goro Crater is a zone devoted to a mashing-together of various popular "dinosaurs" with no regard for geological timelines. Pterosaurs, raptors, stegosaurs, dimetrodons, and renamed ''T. Rex''ish critters all hang out within a few city blocks of each other. Along with gorillas.
*** Un'Goro, along with Sholazar Basin, is really an homage to Series/LandOfTheLost (all that's missing are the Sleestaks), and probably any other movie/show that has a hidden valley of dinosaurs. [[spoiler:With a dash of Creator/{{Nintendo}} thrown in.]]
** It's getting better--or worse?--with the introduction of the Archaeology skill in game. Animal and vegetable fossils are a subset of the skill, and include a rare pet and mount that are both magically reanimated fossilized raptors, implying that Azeroth's raptors have been around for a very long time. (Probably long enough to evolve off their feathers, pick up the carnotaur-esque horns, and gain the sentience the game keeps pointing out.) There's even a nod to feathery raptors with the Feathered Raptor Arm item, though it's promptly {{lampshade|Hanging}}d in the item's own description as just-as-likely belonging to one of Azeroth's hojillion other magical abominations. Also mentioned are the possibility of still-living giant trilobites, and while the entry on the nautilus shell ''says'' all the shelled squids in the world are extinct, [[spoiler:there's two very large examples hanging out in Vashj'ir.]]
** Brought UpToEleven with the Pandaren Isle of Giants, in which all sorts of monstrously large dinosaur-esque creatures are put in groups wandering about on the island. The island itself is a blatant ShoutOut to the JurassicPark movies, there is even a camp site outright named so.
* ''VideoGame/GuildWars'' has dinosaurs on the Tarnished Coast in ''Eye of the North''. The Tyrannus and Raptors are relatively accurate, the Ceratodon somewhat less so (it's an armored ceratopsian with one horn on its forehead and two more on its shoulders). Hard to tell what the Ferothrax and Angorodon are supposed to be, though...
* One of the recurring enemies in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVIII'' is a red T-Rexaur (''TyrannosaurusRex''). Odds are that many first-time players got offed by one during their first hour of playing by accidentally wandering into the forest area in the Balamb Garden training center.
** On the other hand, all monsters in the game are actually from the moon, so a red dinosaur is really the least its problems.
* The far past of ''VideoGame/ChronoTrigger'' features an ongoing war between mammals and dinosaurs, the latter being led by the Reptites. The dinosaurs and Reptites eventually became extinct during the ice age caused by [[spoiler:the fall of Lavos to Earth.]]
* Played with in ''VideoGame/FossilFighters'', a {{mon}}s game which has you digging up fossils and reanimating the dinosaurs within. The "vivosaurs" are explicitly different from dinosaurs and have different traits and names than real dinosaurs do (it's explained that's a process of the revivification device) but there is a section that lets you see what creatures they were based upon. There's even a smilodon, properly called a smilodon by the game.
* Mostly averted with ''{{Paraworld}}'', which has a few minor issues that are mostly explained away with RuleOfCool or lampshaded by the protagonists (All dinosaurs living at the same time, ice age mammals being counted as dinosaurs, and extremely oversized Triceratops and Tyrannosaurus [Although even then, they are referred to as Tyrannosaur Titan and Triceratops Titan and more realistically sized versions can be seen roaming the maps; the third Titan is a Seismosaur that is only about half again as big as a real one]).
* ''VideoGame/DinoRun'', considering the premise of the game, for starters, involves the "instantaneous extinction" trope. And the raptors supposedly find shelter and escape said apocalypse and go on to live for an indefinite amount of time.
* In ''VideoGame/StarFoxAdventures'', there's an item called a Dinosaur Horn. It's associated exclusively with the Snowhorn, a tribe of ''wooly mammoths''.
* Worlds of ''Franchise/{{Ultima}}'' game ''Savage Empire'' [[AllThereInTheManual points out in the manual]] that humans and dinosaurs lived millions of years apart... While you encounter both in the game. There are also human tribes from different parts of the world from different times. A major element of the plot is to find out why and how these were all brought together into [[LostWorld one valley]].
* The ''VideoGame/{{Tekken}}'' character Alex is a predatory dinosaur living alongside humans in the 20th Century. However, he was genetically engineered from fossils by scientists, partially averting this trope as Alex is more Genetic Abomination than Dinosaur.
* The ''VideoGame/DinoCrisis'' series likes to play ArtMajorBiology with the dinosaurs it features.
* Justified in ''VideoGame/LiveALive''. Pogo's chapter, set in prehistory, has a Tyrannosaurus Rex as its final boss. This is the ''only'' dinosaur in the entire chapter, and it is worshipped as a god by the Kuu tribe, who offer it human sacrifices. [[spoiler:It's also the current manifestation of the demon king Odio.]]
* This is played straight with the mammoths of ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsVSkyrim'', though it is largely for the RuleofCool. Averted by the Sabre Cats, which are surprisingly accurate to sabertooth cats in the genus ''Smilodon''.
* PlayedForLaughs in ''VideoGame/ZooTycoon 2'', in which ''Stokesosaurus'' wears glasses when painting. Not that the game didn't have plenty other examples…
* Happily averted (anatomically at least) in the Japanese Xbox game ''[[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vcl5NvqkJJ4 Dinosaur Hunting]]'', which even includes feathered maniraptorans and a ''T. rex'' with a feather crest. Unfortunately the theropods still have pronated hands, ''Dilophosaurus'' has a frill and spits venom, the plesiosaur necks are flexible, and some of the animals are enlarged for dramatic effect (not counting the albinos and mutants).
* ''VideoGame/AnimalCrossing'' does a weird take. The museum exhibit plaque for the ''Stegosaurus'' states that the animal in question is from the Late Cretaceous, when Blathers (correctly) describes it as living in the Jurassic.
** And then there's the ''Seismosaurus'', which is now [[ScienceMarchesOn considered to be a dubious genus]]. ''New Leaf'', however, fixes this and renames it ''Diplodocus''.
** In ''City Folk'', Blathers claims ''Apatosaurus'' lived in lakes and swamps because of its size and weight, an idea that was disproven in the 1960s.
** In ''New Leaf'', the exhibit plaque for the ''Pteranodon'' describes it as the ancestor of modern birds, when ''Pteranodon'' wasn't even a dinosaur to begin with. But that's pretty much the only major blunder in the museum fossil descriptions.
* Franchise/{{Pokemon}} tends to avert this with the information given to their fossil Pokémon. The designs can be forgiven due to RuleOfCool.
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* There's another "Raptor" who looks like he's just walked off the set of ''Franchise/JurassicPark'' in the Webcomic ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''. However, given that the story that introduces Yoshi also includes Raptor-riding banditos, a conspiracy involving Ronald [=McDonald=] and [=MySpace=], and a man whose incredible abdominal muscles have somehow transformed into a built-in jetpack (and the eponymous character, the only physician in a long line of legendary Irish Ninjas whose office is in the middle of a haunted forest and whose secretary is a gorilla), once again, the MST3KMantra is in full effect.
** The "birdasaurus" in a later plot line, lampshaded with the mouseover "I hope my completely made up out of my mind with no reference whatsoever way of drawing the birdosaurus doesn't upset any of you junior paleontologists."
** Apparently the author still gets regular emails complaining about this, as he defensively mentions in a NoteFromEd in [[http://drmcninja.com/archives/comic/20p15 this comic]].
** Taken to absurd extremes with the horrorsaurus, a wingless, flying, [[CombatTentacles tentacled]] monstrosity with four eyes. That one may have been artificially created by the other dinosaurs though.
* ''WebComic/DinosaurComics'' has a ''T. rex'', a Dromiceiomimus, and a Utahraptor, grossly out of scale. The fact that they're talking is a good sign that it's not supposed to be exactly realistic. There's also the house, car, and woman getting stepped on to indicate something's not right with the timing. It often lampshades the concept, as well:
-->'''T-Rex:''' Guess what I got last night? A dog! Did you know that dogs and dinosaurs co-existed?
-->'''Dromiceiomimus:''' Yes, I accepted it without questioning!
** {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d and more or less (anachronism aside) averted in the [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=996 guest comic]] by Aaron Diaz. And then it is deliberately double subverted...
** It's actually possible to avert this by typing "&butiwouldratherbereading=somethingmorehistoricallyaccurate" after the comic of your choice. (Or at least avert to a greater degree. Pennaceous feathers on ''T. rex'' is unlikely, but at least they ''have'' feathers.) [[http://www.qwantz.com/index.php?comic=2&butiwouldratherbereading=somethingmorehistoricallyaccurate Here's an example.]]
* ''Webcomic/{{xkcd}}'' has ''Franchise/JurassicPark''-style Velociraptors, which the author found traumatizing upon seeing said film.
** Averted in [[http://xkcd.com/1104/ Feathers]] and [[http://xkcd.com/1211/ Birds and Dinosaurs]].
* ''Webcomic/EightBitTheater'' does a ''brilliant'' LampshadeHanging in [[http://www.nuklearpower.com/2005/10/11/episode-610-logic/ this]] strip. Also counts as a CrowningMomentOfAwesome ([[CrowningMomentOfFunny and Funny]]).
* ''Webcomic/KarateBears'' finds dinosaurs sometimes. [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/08/whats-all-this.html like here]] [[http://www.karatebears.com/2011/07/creationism.html they also supposedly once coexisted with dinosaurs]]
* Played for laughs in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' when Roy is confused by the appearance of a Brontasaurus, when he knows it's a mixup of parts from different animals. His host points out he didn't have a problem with the hippogriffs.
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* ''Blog/TheTyrannosaurChronicles'': Mostly averted. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d by Layla Oviraptor, who mentions that Desdemona Deinonychus and Larry the Tyrannosaur [[DyeingForYourArt shaved off their feathers]] so they could star in ''Franchise/JurassicPark''.
* [[http://www.cracked.com/article_16117_6-formerly-kickass-creatures-ruined-by-evolution_p1.html This]] Website/{{Cracked}}.com article. It makes tons of mistakes with animal relationships (claiming that ''Gastornis'' is close to kiwis and ostriches when it's really closer to ducks, and ''Hyaenodon'' close to raccoons when it's equally close to all carnivorans), [[TaxonomicTermConfusion confuses]] the "classic" saber-toothed felids with the saber-toothed sparassodont ("marsupial", in the article's words) ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thylacosmilus Thylacosmilus]]'', serves up an unhealthy serving of AnachronismStew (''Gastornis'' and ''Andrewsarchus'' actually died out long before the Pleistocene), makes [[EvolutionaryLevels unwarranted assumptions]] about ancestor-descendant relationships, and implies that dinosaurs are cold blooded.
** [[http://www.cracked.com/article_19845_8-prehistoric-creatures-ripped-directly-from-your-nightmares.html This one]] is better, though it implies tyrannosauroids to be carnosaurs (universally rejected since TheNineties).
** The article [[http://www.cracked.com/article_20078_5-weird-directions-human-evolution-could-have-taken.html "5 Weird Directions Human Evolution Could Have Taken"]] treats the existence of "the Boskop Man" as a fact, which in reality it [[http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/brain/paleo/lynch-granger-big-brain-boskops-2008.html most likely]] [[http://johnhawks.net/weblog/reviews/brain/paleo/return-amazing-boskops-lynch-granger-2009.html isn't]].
* [[http://archosaurmusings.wordpress.com/2011/09/07/coming-soon-to-your-screens-dinosaur-hyperbole/ Several]] [[http://theropoda.blogspot.com/2011/09/planet-theropoda-revolution.html paleontologists]] have satirized the sensationalist nature of typical dinosaur documentaries on their blogs as well.
** [[http://scienceblogs.com/tetrapodzoology/2011/04/science_meets_mokele-mbembe.php This]] April Fools' joke on Blog/TetrapodZoology sets out to "prove" that old-school dinosaurs are correct after all, and contains a number of jabs at some infamous fringe groups.
* Lampshaded during the loading screen of an older Franchise/{{LEGO}} game, ''Dino Quest'', based on the ''Dinosaurs'' toy-line, which has [[Toys/LEGOAdventurers Dr. Kilroy]] commenting on the inaccuracies of the game and spouting [[ShownTheirWork well-researched]] paleontology trivia. But even he gets one thing wrong: flowering plants ''were'' around in the Cretaceous.
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* ''WesternAnimation/TheMagicSchoolBus'' episode "The Busasaurus" carefully averted this trope based on [[ScienceMarchesOn the paleontological knowledge when it was made]]. The Frizz took the class [[TimeTravel back in time]] 67 million years (Late Cretaceous Period) specifically to correct Carlos (and the audience) on several pop-cultural misconceptions, the biggest of which was that all dinosaurs were predators. Of about a dozen different species they encounter in the episode, exactly ''three'' were carnivorous. The LicensedGame loosely based on the episode, ''The Magic School Bus Explores in the Age of the Dinosaurs'', was similarly studious. However, [[ScienceMarchesOn Science Marched On]]:
** ''Troodon'' and the unidentified ornithomimosaur were more likely omnivores rather than straight carnivores as depicted.
** ''Tyrannosaurus'' as the largest theropod may have also marched on: ''Carcharodontosaurus'', ''Giganotosaurus'' and ''Spinosaurus'' were potentially larger.
** And, again, featherless coelurosaurs.
** The episode also had a bit of AnachronismStew with ''Parasaurolophus'', ''Maiasaura'', and ''Pteranodon'' existing 67 million years ago, when these are three reptiles that disappeared about 5 million years before then, and ''Pteranodon'' was portrayed as living inland. ''Edmontosaurus'' would have been a better substitute for ''Maiasaura'' and ''Parasaurolophus'', and ''Quetzalcoatlus'' would be a more accurate fill-in for ''Pteranodon''. At least this episode decided to stick with late Cretaceous dinos.
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Dinosaucers}}'' used ''Apatosaurus/Brontosaurus'' confusion as a RunningGag. When told that "Brontosaurus" was an incorrect designation and that Apatosaurus was the correct one, Bronto Thunder would immediately reply "That's a girl's name!"
** Dimetro is kind of an oddball here. Dimetrodonts are most definitely not dinosaurs. They are pelycosaurs, the ancestors of the therapsids, who were in turn the ancestors of mammals (in short, Dimetro is a closer relative of the Secret Scouts than he is to any of the Dinosaucers). However, given Dimetro's appearance, it's very possible that the producers had Dimetrodon confused with Spinosaurus. Old illustrations of Spinosaurus show an animal that could easily be confused for a bipedal Dimetrodon (the only good specimen of Spinosaurus was destroyed during UsefulNotes/WorldWarII -- really). Indeed, Dimetro's head resembles the head Spinosaurs were drawn with in the 1980's, long before Spinosaurus' relative Baryonyx was discovered and turned out to have a head that does not look like that of any other large theropod at all. Take a look at [[http://www.flickr.com/photos/babbletrish/5561152515/in/photostream/ this old illustration]] from the time (there's even a direct comparison to Dimetrodon) for an example.
* But in the darkest depths lurks ''WesternAnimation/DinoSquad''. It's the tale of a pair of (nekkid) ''Velociraptors'' who hide from the (instantaneous KillEmAll style) extinction in a cave. And they live in that cave for well over sixty million years. (Yeah...) Finally, they emerge into the modern world with [[NewPowersAsThePlotDemands psychic powers]], including the convenient ability to pass as humans. The bad 'raptor becomes a CorruptCorporateExecutive who wishes to use [[AppliedPhlebotinum some kind of chemical]] to "return the animals of the world to the creatures they once were: DINOSAURS!" The good 'raptor poses as a teacher, and in this position, she is able to mentor the ragtag bunch of teenagers who are affected by the bad 'raptor's chemicals, allowing them to [[{{Animorphism}} transform into the usual dinosaur suspects]]. For his first experiment, the bad 'raptor uses the stuff to "[[EvolutionaryLevels revert]]" a shark into what everyone on the show insists on calling a "Mutated [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:MEG1.jpg Megalodon]]" -- except that it's a [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Tylosaurus_proriger12DB.jpg Tylosaur]], an ocean-going lizard. If you know that neither of these animals are dinosaurs, that neither lizards nor sharks have anything to do with the dinosaur family tree at all and are both far, far more primitive families of animals, and that -- you know -- ''[[ArtisticLicenseBiology sharks aren't frikkin' lizards]]'', give yourself a round of applause. You're smarter than [[TheyJustDidntCare the people paid to write this]].
** The show also stated that ''Spinosaurus''' super power was ''super speed''. Good luck estimating the top speed of a taxon known only from vertebrae and parts of the skull.
* ''Franchise/{{Transformers}}: WesternAnimation/BeastWars'' is okay in terms of accuracy. Megatron, Terrorsaur, and Dinobot turn into a TyrannosaurusRex, a PteroSoarer, and some kind of ''Velociraptor'' or ''Utahraptor'' respectively, but they get their alt modes by scanning fossils rather than living creatures. Then again, all three were found around an area filled with lava and volcanic rock, which would normally destroy fossils. They're also very odd colours for dinosaurs, but this can be {{hand wave}}d by personal preference.
** Magmatron from the Japanese Beast Wars series is a multi-component transformer who consists of a ''Giganotosaurus'', a ''Quetzalcoatlus'', and an ''Elasmosaurus.'' The ''Beast Wars Sourcebook'', which adapts the characters for American continuity, apparently didn't get the memo, as they say the three have "only loose connections to actual reptilian lifeforms." To be fair to the sourcebook, the models really do only resemble the aforementioned animals loosely: the ''Giga'' model is a generic-as-it-gets theropod, the ''Plesio'' has an incredibly bendy neck (though this can be forgiven, as it's needed for the transformation) and a lizardlike head with incorrect eye-placement, whereas the ''Quetz'' looks like a scaly vulture with a huge, serrated beak.
** Speaking of Magmatron, the series contains an assortment of dinosaurs as alternate modes for the various villain characters. Most of them were excellent in terms of accuracy, at least for their time... save for [[http://tfwiki.net/w2/images2/1/17/BWNtoy-Hardhead.jpg Hardhead]], who was a remold of Beast Wars Dinobot and was a ''Pachycephalosaurus'' with a ''jaw full of razor sharp teeth'' and the toe talons of a ''Velociraptor.'' Pachys were ''herbivores'', or omnivores at best.
*** The original raptor mold wasn't without its problems either. Besides looking like a JP raptor, it had ''six'' digits on its back feet, creating Dinobot's trademark double-thumbs. It should only have had four. When an upgraded version of the figure was released for the ''Classics/Universe'' toyline, it looked a lot closer to the character's cartoon depiction. But it still suffered from inaccuracies: it had a bent tail, pronated hands and scaly skin (in ''2008''!), in a line that was meant to recreate old characters in updated alternate modes. But at least the new toy did away with the original's spinning shield gimmick, a feature that required the figure to have an elongated button sticking out of its cloaca that you had to push in repeatedly. ''Yuck.''
** [[Franchise/TransformersGeneration1 Transformers G1]] had the Dinobots as how the dinosaurs were popularly thought of at the time: Grimlock was tripod-stanced, Sludge had a swan neck and dragged his tail, Snarl was extremely hunchbacked, and Slag also was a tail-dragger. Fortunately the Dinobots were much more realistically done in WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated, Grimlock especially.
** Slag and Sludge don't actually drag their tails. But Trypticon (tripod ''T. rex'' again) sure does (It serves a purpose on his toy. He has motorized legs, and the tail has training wheels at its tip to help him balance when he walks). Wherever that paleontologist is crying, it's far away from these guys.
** G1 also had the two-parter titled ''Dinobot Island'', where they met horrible depictions of living prehistoric animals. Tail-dragging, Franchise/{{Godzilla}}-sized Theropods, a {{pteros|oarer}}aur (looking a lot like the relatively small ''Dimorphodon'') lifting Spike up to her nest (filled with eggs ''bigger then the mother''), a bendy-necked plesiosaur (also being able to pick up Spike). And it was written by Donald F. Glut, renowned paleo-expert! Though considering [[CreatorBacklash he hated working on the cartoon]], it is not unreasonable to assume that he ''did'' make himself cry while writing it.
* The ''[[WesternAnimation/TheAdventuresOfJimmyNeutron Jimmy Neutron]]'' series was guilty of this in several episodes.
** The pilot movie had Cindy giving a presentation on a raptor-like dinosaur, using a model skeleton as a visual aide... and she refers to it as a plesiosaurus, which, to make matters worse, wasn't even a dinosaur. Somewhat subverted when Jimmy calls her out on it, but he manages to uphold the trope by claiming that the dinosaur was in fact a ''Megalosaurus'', which it looked absolutely nothing like.
** Then there's "200 million years ago" = "the late Cretaceous era" ... and all of the issues THAT brings up. The episode where that happened also had a Leptictidium, which didn't evolve until after the dinosaurs went extinct. In the same episode, there are Pteranodons that use their feet like talons, plus the giant Pteranodon eggs.
* Played painfully straight in the ''WesternAnimation/{{Stanley}}'' TV movie ''Stanley's Dinosaur Round-Up''. After jumping into the GreatBigBookOfEverything, Stanley encounters a herd of ''Brachiosaurus'', which soon run off, scared by a three-fingered kangaroo-stance ''TyrannosaurusRex'' that appears to be bigger than the brachiosaurids. Brachiosaurids did ''not'' travel in large herds (they would have stripped large areas of their foliage too quickly), [[AnachronismStew they went extinct about 70 million years before tyrannosaurids evolved]],[[note]] Primitive tyrannosauroids did live along ''Brachiosaurus'', but they were essentially harmless to anything larger than a lamb.[[/note]] they couldn't run ''nearly'' as fast as they did in the show, tyrannosaurs held their bodies horizontal to the ground, had ''two'' fingers per hand and were considerably smaller than ''Brachiosaurus''. ''Stanley'' is usually intended to be '''''[[CriticalResearchFailure educational]]'''''.
* ''WesternAnimation/DinosaurTrain'' on PBS kids tends to avert this by having Dr. Scott the paleontologist come in and explain what scientists believe (and an un-named, party-pooper character step in and complain about one of the most fantastical moments in the episode like "Point of fact. Dinosaurs did NOT give music concerts.").
* One episode of ''WesternAnimation/ChipNDaleRescueRangers'' show that some dinosaurs from the Late Jurassic Period actually came from outer space and are really small and intelligent but Earth's food made them grew big and stupid.
** Even though he's an alien, Steggy's anatomy is completely wrong for a ''Stegosaurus'': he has a dragging tail that bends vertically, a low-slung body, stubby limbs, grasping paws with four claws on each, an alligator belly, plates that look like half circles, a long serpentine neck, and a lizard-like head without a beak. ''Stegosaurus'' had elevated tails that were very flexible in side-to-side movement but very stiff in up-and-down movement, graceful frames like an elephant, long sturdy legs, hoofed feet that were completely incapable of grabbing, ''two'' claws on each forefeet [[note]] The forefeet have five toes on each, but three of them are clawless.[[/note]], chainmail-like skin (according to a layer of small bones found underneath the neck), pentagonal plates, short yet mobile necks, and ''horse''-like heads WITH a beak.
*** Not to mention Steggy can also run fast and casually ROLL OVER ON HIS SIDE. Even a layman knows these are impossible for a stegosaur.
*** On the other hand, he is depicted as being able to stand on his hind legs. The problem is that he can walk on them most of the time.
*** Pretty much all the dinosaurs in the episode are anatomically inaccurate. In fact, they look no different than the swamp-dwelling, slender-limbed, tail-dragging dinosaurs from portrayals in the early 1900s (like [[http://boards.420chan.org/dino/src/1307376522767.jpg this]] for example).
** The episode also went with the "dinosaur eggs are gigantic" myth (although the "egg" featured was really a spaceship).
* WesternAnimation/PhineasAndFerb tend to run headlong into this trope whenever their daily shenanigans bring them in contact with dinosaurs. For example, the episode where the boys ([[MyFriendsAndZoidberg and Candace]]) travel back in time, they encounter sauropods living in swamps (an idea that has been disproven since the fifties) and has a ''TyrannosaurusRex'' with ''[[ArtisticLicenseBiology three fingers]]''. They say they went back over three hundred million years. [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carboniferous Three hundred million years, huh?]]
--> '''Phineas''': Hey ''[[TyrannosaurusRex T. rex]]'', aren't you a little young to be hanging around in the Carboniferous?
--> '''TyrannosaurusRex''': Why, yes, [[RunningGag yes I am]].
** This trope is played straight again in the episode "Lizard Whisperer", where the boys' American chameleon ([[SomewhereAHerpetologistIsCrying which is a whole other trope in and of itself]]) is enlarged to gigantic sizes, and the boys call it a dinosaur. This one, however, is {{lampshade|Hanging}}d.
** [[RuleOfThree A third instance of this trope]] occurs when Perry the Platypus fights Doofenshmirtz in Hawaii over the [[EvolutionaryLevels "Devolvinator"]]. When the Devolvinator's beam hits Perry and Doofenshmirtz, Perry [[EvolutionaryLevels devolves]] into, among other things, an ''Ichthyornis'' and a ''Triceratops''. [[BigWhat What?]] Platypodes aren't even remotely close to either of these extinct organisms. Don't the creators even listen to their own song, he's a semi-aquatic ''mammal'' of action.
** Fortunately, the creators decided not to add dinosaurs in an episode that is set in the Stone Age and has the main cast as cavemen.
* ''WesternAnimation/DinoRiders'' operates on the RuleOfCool, and so features several strange elements. All flying reptiles are able to carry humans on their backs with no problem (this is notably impossible, especially for Pteranodon), and both ''Pteranodon'' and ''Quetzalcoatlus'' are the same size. The heroes and villains fight over a ''Brontosaurus'' (which is also dubbed as the biggest dinosaur) and not an ''Apatosaurus''. In the toys, virtually all of the ceratopsians are identical in size (and ''Kentrosaurus'' was as large as ''Stegosaurus''). Despite this explicitly taking place on Earth, all the dinosaurs are shown living in the same time period (i.e. Cretaceous, Jurassic and Triassic creatures all existing simultaneously). And then the ''Ice Age'' mammals and ''cavemen'' start showing up.
* ''WesternAnimation/MightyMax'', with its paranormal story lines, had to oblige us with a dinosaur themed episode. An EvilutionaryBiologist used a [[EvolutionaryLevels de-evolution]] machine to turn lizards into dinosaurs. Despite lizards and dinosaurs having some similar features, these two groups are not all that closely related, never mind being descended from each other. Interestingly enough, the de-evolving beam was used on sapient chicken ([[InsistentTerminology "Fowl, actually."]]) Virgil. Even though Virgil should have become a theropod dinosaur, he becomes a pterosaur instead. Pterosaurs are not true dinosaurs, nor are they the ancestors of birds.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfSuperman'' episode "Prehistoric Pterodactyls". Did you know that pterodactyls (actually depicted as impossibly large Pteranodons) can catch fighter jets in their mouths, [[ImmuneToBullets survive direct hits from missiles and naval gunfire]], go one-on-one with Superman and survive in space? According to this episode they can!
* According to the ''WesternAnimation/JonnyQuest'' TOS episode "Turu The Terrible", pteranodons can survive multiple direct hits by bazooka rounds.
* In the ''WesternAnimation/JohnnyTest'' episode "Johnny BC", the sister's teacher makes them look for a fossil from precambrian times, so the sisters go back to caveman times for a 3-toed sloth fossil to plant where they were looking. Too bad precambrian times ended 540 million years before cavemen appeared.
* The ''WesternAnimation/BatmanBeyond'' two-parter "Curse of the Kobra" involves the KOBRA organisation's attempts to gene-splice themselves into a dinosaur-human hybrid race that will rule the world. Their plans include detonating a nuclear warhead in a dormant volcano, with the resulting eruptions raising the global temperature. Why? Because everyone knows dinosaurs are cold-blooded, and can't survive let alone function in less than tropical climates. The spliced ''BigBad'' even weakens and collapses as soon as his climate-controlled environment is breached.
* ''WesternAnimation/GertieTheDinosaur'' one of the earliest cartoons ever made features Gertie alongside a mammoth. She also eats far more material than her body could hold such as a tree twice her size and drinking A LAKE which scenes are there mostly for RuleOfFunny.
* Strangely averted in the ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales'' episode "Marking Time", when Scrooge literally travels back to OneMillionBC to find a land in which caveducks coexisted with dinosaurs. That seems bad, until you remember that dinosaurs ''did'' coexist with several types of modern-style birds, including ducks. That in turn implies that the DuckUniverse takes place in the Paleocene, which would make sense, since that was a time dominated by [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gastornis six-foot birds]].
* ''[[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLDBB74B7F55AB0791&feature=plcp I'm A Dinosaur]]''. Holy sweet mother of John H. Ostrom, ''I'm A Dinosaur''. For a cartoon that tries to be educational, [[TheyJustDidntCare it fails pretty spectacularly at being such.]] For instance:
** Brachiosaurids with long, diplodocid-like tails (yeah, [[http://www.neurobiologie.fu-berlin.de/brachio.gif have fun with that]]).
** Boatloads of AnachronismStew & MisplacedWildlife (for instance, the Late Jurassic ''Compsognathus'' in the Early Cretaceous and the African ''Jobaria'' in South America).
** ''Sinosauropteryx'' with the largest theropod tail (the creature itself was turkey-sized, making this impossible, although this is true if it's proportionate length).
** ''Giganotosaurus'' [[note]] The show calls it "Gigantosaurus", but that's an invalid sauropod.[[/note]] as the largest theropod (''Spinosaurus'' was known to be larger for some time then).
** ''Dilophosaurus'' as the largest Jurassic theropod (ironically, the show features ''Allosaurus'' and did an episode on the considerably larger ''Torvosaurus'').
*** They probably meant the largest ''Early'' Jurassic theropod, and ''Dilophosaurus'' ''did'' rival ''Cryolophosaurus'' and the ichnotaxon ''Eubrontes'' for that title.
** Abelisaurid hands proportioned liked those of typical theropods. They were ridiculously tiny, without elbows or knuckles.
** ''Saltopus'' as a dinosaur (generally considered a more primitive dinosauromorph since the TurnOfTheMillennium).
** An "Ultrasauros" character (it had been sunk into ''Supersaurus'' for some time then).
** Egg-laying plesiosaurs (live-birthing plesiosaurs were still a pretty recent discovery then, but they still should've known better).
** Three-fingered tyrannosaurids (any competent paleontologist could tell you this is wrong).
** Deinonychosaurian ''Megaraptor'' (disproved in 2003, well before the series' 2009 pilot).
** Inaccurately feathered maniraptorans ([[http://albertonykus.deviantart.com/art/Hypothetical-Evolution-of-Feather-Distribution-184533690 do we really need to review this?]])
** The implication that theropods were the only bipedal dinosaurs (primitive members of all dinosaur groups could walk bipedally, and the most advanced ornithopods retained this feature to an extent).
** ''Zuniceratops'' with a nose horn (''its lack of one'' is the only difference a layman could find between it and a chasmosaurine ceratopsid).
** [[NoPronunciationGuide Blatant mispronunciations of multiple names]], such as ''Sinornithoides''[[note]] Actually sine-OR-nih-THOY-deez, suh-NOR-nith-oyds in the show[[/note]], ''Sinosauropteryx''[[note]] Actually SINE-oh-saw-ROP-tur-icks, SINE-oh-SOP-tur-icks in the show[[/note]] and ''Carcharodontosaurus''[[note]] Actually kar-KAR-oh-don-toh-SAW-rus, KAR-cher-oh-don-toh-SAW-rus in the show[[/note]].
** Feathered, bipedal pterosaurs that perch in trees and have 2 small fingers.
** ''Bavarisaurus'' as a small feathered theropod dinosaur (it was a ''lizard'').
** Sauropods, hadrosaurs, ceratopsians, and thyreophoreans with the wrong hands.
** ''Velociraptor'' with an ''Allosaurus''-like skull.
*** Similarly, ''Allosaurus'' and ''Giganotosaurus'' have skulls shaped like those of large tyrannosauroids than actual carnosaurs.
** ''Smilodon'' with a long, ''Panthera''-like tail.
** ''Stegosaurus'' with a [[ToothyBird toothed beak]] and 8 plates arranged in pairs.
** ''Herrerasaurus'' described as being the size of an elephant. The only herrerasaur that big was the putative "Aliwalia", [[ScienceMarchesOn which appears to be a sauropod relative anyway]].
* The eponymous ''WesternAnimation/DenverTheLastDinosaur'' doesn't seem to belong to any known species.
* The Nick Jr show ''WesternAnimation/BubbleGuppies'' did an episode on dinosaurs....thing is they included Pterosaurus and Marine Reptiles as dinosaurs. This is supposed to be educational. To be fair, they did go out of their way to use ''Apatosaurus'' instead of "Brontosaurus".
* The AnimatedAdaptation of the Belgian action-adventure comic series ''Bob Morane'' had an episode dealing with TimeTravel. Naturally, all of the creatures the characters meet are ''Jurassic Park''-inspired, down to the frilled ''Dilophosaurus'', which is also [[AnachronismStew misplaced in time to the Late Cretaceous]] (actually lived in the Early Jurassic, almost 150 million years earlier), but at least they got its size right. The episode also has stampeding "raptors", and mountain-sized dino skeletons that the heroes use as bridges to cross a {{quicksand s|ucks}}wamp]].
* An episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheLittleMermaid'' TV series either [[TheyJustDidntCare didn't care]] or [[RuleOfCool just figured "We already have a mermaid using a magic trident, screw it"]] (so brace yourself) when everyone takes a trip to the Arctic (the mermaid equivalent of Aspen apparently) where [[NiceJobBreakingItHero Ariel sees the]] [[HarmlessFreezing "poor frozen dinosaurs"]] and decides to thaw them out with good ol' King Triton's [[ProngsOfPoseidon trident.]] It starts off all well and good with the ''land-based'' herbivores peacefully cavorting with Ariel [[SuperNotDrowningSkills UNDERWATER]] before the mean ol' ''T. rex'' starts chasing them... [[SuperNotDrowningSkills UNDERWATER. Without needing to come up for air. In the ARCTIC WATER.]] Everything is set right again with the dinosaurs' previously frozen home melting and restored back to its former glory like just another day in the life for Atlanteans on vacation though the audience will either be confused from this trope enough to fail any tests in school, angry at the severe logical fails ([[SarcasmMode because cartoons about mermaid princesses and magic tridents are "so" logical]]) or [[RuleOfFunny just laughing at the sheer audacity of a mermaid being hunted by a T. rex.]]
* According to one episode of ''WesternAnimation/IAmWeasel'', the earth was flat during the Mesozoic and that dinosaurs died because they laughed at I. R. Baboon's red butt and fell off the flat earth. Given the show's setting, this is none too unusual.
** And then there's the caveman-themed episode (dinosaurs included).
* ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'': Dinosaurs are shown coexisting with humans: mammals that existed up through the Cretaceous were small and rodent-like. That [[MST3KMantra hardly matters]].
* ''WesternAnimation/{{Arthur}}''
** The title card for the episode "Sue Ellen & The Brainasaurus" misspells "-saurus" as "-saurous".
** The episode "In My Africa" mentions dinosaur bones found in Angola… accompanied by a photograph of a mosasaur skull.
* In the ''{{Rugrats}}'' episode "Reptar 2010", the main characters watch a Reptar movie that claims dinosaurs ruled the earth ''fifty thousand years ago''. '''FIFTY THOUSAND'''.
** Possibly justified since Reptar is a Franchise/{{Godzilla}} expy, a franchise that isn't exactly known for scientific accuracy. The real clincher was an episode where the protagonists visit a museum and learn that ''T. rex'' [[AnachronismStew is from the Jurassic]]. They're at least 80 million years off.
* Having been made in 1979, the pilot episode of the French {{Edutainment}} cartoon ''WesternAnimation/OnceUponATime'' gets a free pass in most respects, but it's still odd how the animation shows birds descending from non-dinosaurian thecodonts and yet the narrator insists later on that they've (along with crocodiles) also evolved from dinosaurs.
* The caveman episode of ''WesternAnimation/GoofTroop''. Perhaps the biggest offender is that what looks like an outdated representation of a carnivorous theropod was referred to as a "Brontosaurus". Interestingly, while the creature in question was shown eating meat, Goofy points out that Brontosaurus were herbivores.
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* Several Creation Museums exist throughout the United States, containing exhibits that depict what their creators claim is a strictly literal Biblical account of the origins of the world.
** Dinosaur Adventure Land in Florida had several exhibits illustrating how, as the Earth is only 6,100+ /- years old "according to the Bible," not only did humans and dinosaurs coexist; but humans (set up by God as having dominion over other animals) must have domesticated them - [[CrazyAwesome AND rode them like horses!]]
** The [=AiG=] Creation Museum is a ''lot'' more careful with this issue. They merely state that man and dinosaur lived in peace before Adam's fall. And state that after the Flood, dinosaurs went extinct at different rates, pointing out how 1) a postdiluvian world would have rapid climate change due to rapid alteration of the geological landscape by being buried under a mile and a half of water, 2) the term "dinosaur" didn't exist until 1841 and 3) the line between what was considered a mere reptile by ancients and what was considered a "dragon" varied widely by ancient culture. As for the whole "domesticated them like horses" part, they are careful '''not''' to make that claim explicitly.
*** This, in turn, leads to the possibility that man [[HumansKillWantonly may have contributed directly to the extinction of several dinosaur kinds]]. The point is, they side neither with the "Eons and Ages" crowd nor with how ''WesternAnimation/TheFlintstones'' depict it.
* About every paleontology-related item [[http://www.talkorigins.org/indexcc/list.html here.]] Some that stand out:
** Some scientists found a hadrosaur skeleton with preserved, scaly skin, and garfish and turtles nearby. Thus, as that site says, he wasn't a bird ancestor, and must have died in the great flood. First of all, hadrosaurs WEREN'T bird ancestors. If it's because they both have beaks, that's like saying octopi and squids were bird ancestors! Secondly, a minor flood could have mixed up the fossils, or it slumped over dead in a lake or river.
** There are gaps in the fossil record. Here are examples, with the link referring to a fossil that proves it false: [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiktaalik fish and amphibians]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chroniosuchus amphibians and reptiles]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archaeopteryx reptiles and birds]], [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrinaxodon reptiles and mammals]] (note that mammals did not descend from actual reptiles, but basal synapsids), and [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ambulocetus land mammals and whales]].
* The [[http://www.thepaleodiet.com/nutritional_tools/recipes.shtml "Paleolithic" Diet]], which claims to be the healthiest diet due to supposedly being based on what our ancestors ate during the bloody ''ice ages''. The problems inherent within this claim are numerous:
** Human diet was incredibly varied even then. Depending on the climate, early man would eat either nothing but fruit and possibly fish, or nothing but meat and the occasional root.
** The plan makes the false assumption that modern humans are genetically identical to their stone-age ancestors, ignoring modern evolutionary theory. The prevalence of lactose tolerance among African, European, and West- and South-Asian adults; lactose tolerance is only useful if you've domesticated the cow--currently [[http://archaeology.about.com/od/dterms/a/domestication.htm believed]] to have happened around 7000 BC--and herd them in a big way (which East Asians as a rule did not do, preferring to use them as beasts of burden).[[note]]Most mammalian species lose the ability to produce lactase--the enzyme that allows one to digest lactose--as adults; the retention of the ability to produce lactase after weaning is only useful to that weird creature that continues to drink milk later on. The branches of the species that didn't--East Asians and the native peoples of Oceania and the New World--retain the older, more normal feature, lactose intolerance.[[/note]]
*** The hominid digestive system was remarkably more tolerant of microbes than ours are today. Remember, the cleanest thing those guys would eat off of was their bare hands. If we would try that today, a great deal of us would get a nasty case of food poisoning.
** From the linked website, every single recipe involves some sort of minute preparation (spices, minced vegetables, olive oil) that would have resulted in the death of any paleolithic human if they'd tried to dedicate their free time to acquiring it all.
*** ''Olive oil?!'' The stuff that takes great expertise to extract from farmed plant? How on earth is that paleolithic?
*** Look at all those vegetables. The recipes depend on having a steady variety of plant and fruit products (and their variety of nutrients) which far exceeds the range available to any prehistoric human, and many fruits and vegetables we eat today are only viable as meals because extensive farming resulted in their growing to five times their original size.
*** Somewhere around a quarter of those recipes involve tomatoes, which until their domestication were native only to ''South America'' (which had a human population of 0 until the tail end of the Paleolithic).
** Perhaps most importantly, what paleolithic people ate is in no way necessarily the ideal healthy diet for either humans in general or, more importantly, modern people who spend much of their time at keyboards and in chairs rather than hunting, fishing, and gathering from dawn to dusk.
** Never mind that that food today is nothing like food that was available tens of thousands of years ago. There was no agriculture yet and therefore food plants did not provide many things modern humans would recognize as food.
* Sometimes paleontologists make other paleontologists cry. One of the biggest debates between paleontologists recently was Jack Horner versus practically the rest of paleontology over whether or not ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' (and all other large theropods) were predators or scavengers. Horner was on the scavenger side, and uses arguments such as: The size of the animals is more conducive to scavenging (scare smaller animals from kills); their legs were designed for walking instead of running, and being so large any form of moving fast would endanger them by off-balancing their bodies; they can only use their mouths for attacking, which is dangerous; For ''T. rex'' specifically, the large olfactory lobe of the brain (meaning excellent smell) and the small size of the forelimbs (which prevented ''T. rex'' from holding prey with them), and the thick armor-piercing teeth and bone-crushing jaws (for breaking apart bones to get the marrow inside). The rest of paleontology[[note]]Especially Robert T. Bakker, which led to what was actually [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_T._Bakker#Fictional_portrayal quite a funny exchange]].[[/note]] counters with:
** As prey size increases, generally so does predator size. Every prey species has at least one predator that can take it down.
*** That's a bit of a definition game, though. There are prey species that grow too large to be commonly predated, but they aren't technically prey species anymore, are they?
**** Their offspring certainly are. Most of the time, predators take down young animals, so an elephant may be (mostly) immune to lion attacks, while their calves are not.
** The structure of the tyrannosaurid hindleg is similar to that of the ornithomimids, which were clearly cursorial.
** Even if they couldn't run, the large theropods would have still had a brisk walking speed, and their prey wasn't designed for speed either, favoring either keen senses, armor and weapons, or herding for protection.
** Many animals today use only their mouths to attack.
** ''Tyrannosaurus'' also had binocular vision, a primary predatory adaptation. Many predators also use smell to track prey. The forelimbs of ''T. rex'' are also very heavily built with numerous strong muscle attachments, and they're designed to twist and pivot, which shows they could easily withstand the forces of struggling prey. As for the teeth and jaws, again modern predators show that bone-breaking isn't a scavenger-only tactic (hyenas, the master bone-breakers, hunt more than they scavenge; breaking bones allows them to extract more food from a kill).
** Healed tyrannosaur bite marks have been found on ''Edmontosaurus'' and ''Triceratops'' bones. Since [[CaptainObvious dead things don't heal]], they must have escaped the tyrannosaur, showing that it actually hunted.
** Finally, the only true vertebrate scavengers are buzzards, vultures and condors - creatures that can cover vast amounts of territory with a minimal amount of energy expenditure. No animal the size of ''Tyrannosaurus'' could live as an exclusive scavenger, as it would use too much energy searching for carrion. ''Tyrannosaurus'' also was the only large carnivore alive at its time and location, so if it wasn't killing large prey nothing was. And most predators are also scavengers. They'll take whatever food is on hand, which is a must for creatures that don't have a reliable and easy food source the way herbivores do.
*** The main reason they made ''Spinosaurus'' the BigBad in ''Film/JurassicParkIII'' was because Horner was so insistent on showing ''T. rex'' and Spino the way he thought they were.
** Horner has acknowledged that ''Tyrannosaurus'' was an "opportunistic predator" (which is what everyone else thinks to begin with) in the [[http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0016574 only scientific paper]] he ever wrote on this subject. (Although he ''did'' popularize the scavenger hypothesis in books and TV shows.)
*** To put it another way, Horner wanted to challenge the general assumptions using the clout he gathered with ''Maiasaura'' and other discoveries, force other scientists to re-evaluate their positions on ''T. rex'' and get better evidence for its nature rather than just running with assumption. In short, actual constructive {{Troll}}ing.
*** To put it another another way, Horner was the annoying guy who insisted on people proving the blatantly obvious, and when they prove that the blatantly obvious was in fact blatantly obvious, tries to claim credit for...doing something or another.
*** To put it another another another way, he demanded paleontologists show their work. This forced his colleagues to act like real scientists (which greatly annoyed them), engaged the public (while greatly confusing them about the science), and tarnished his reputation...(further).
*** To put it another another another way, he threw the idea out all over whenever he could, which made other palaeontologists have to constantly correct others on the idea, annoying his colleagues, and generally causing a ''lot'' of headaches.
** Note that the debate also runs on a FalseDichotomy: scavenging OR predation. In practice, most carnivores like lions, hyenas and jackals do a bit of both.
*** Also on the unstated assumption that, if ''T. rex'' scavenged, that would somehow make it a wimp. ''Wolverines'' prefer to scavenge, and nobody ever accused those of being sissies.
* The BAND (Birds Are Not Dinosaurs) crowd, who also go by several variants such as ABSURD (Anything But A Small Unidentified Running Dinosaur [is the ancestor of birds]) and MANIAC (Maniraptors Are Not In Actuality Coelurosaurs), a [[VocalMinority group of professionals]] (mostly ornithologists who know more about modern birds than about extinct theropods) who cling to the idea that birds aren't dinosaurs as though it were their religion, even though such a "debate" should have ended more than ten years ago. They're infamous for publishing papers making highly unsupported and unscientific excuses for why birds can't be dinosaurs (supposedly getting other [=BANDits=] to get them past peer review). Indeed, going by many of their arguments, ''nothing'' could evolve into birds and evolution shouldn't occur. (Note that the [=BANDits=] are '''''not''''' creationists.) The unfortunate side effect of this is that even though they're little more than laughing stock among the mainstream paleontological community, their vocality means that they often get coverage by journalists and creationists who don't know any better, misleading the general public that there is still a "debate" about whether birds are dinosaurs. In fact, in recent years they have no longer been able to deny the ever-growing evidence that birds are maniraptors, and have changed their arguments from birds not being dinosaurs to ''all'' maniraptors not being dinosaurs (hence, MANIAC).
** There's also the fact that their claims about non-avian dinosaurs are occasionally [[ScienceMarchesOn somewhat at odds with our current knowledge about them]]. As Brian Switek, commenting on Alan Feduccia’s book ''The Origin and Evolution of Birds'', [[http://laelaps.wordpress.com/2007/08/09/thursday-night-notes/ put it]]: "anything relating to dinosaurs being smart, active, or dynamic is discounted, Feduccia’s model of dinosaurs more resembling the swamp-dwelling lizards thought up by early 20th century scientists (i.e. hadrosaurs are referred to as being primarily aquatic)".
** At least [[http://pterosaurnet.blogspot.com/2011/02/symplesiomorphy.html one BANDit supporter]] has suggested that birds descended from ''pterosaurs''. A somewhat forgivable mistake if you know nothing about dinosaurs, but anyone with even a lick of paleo-sense [[CriticalResearchFailure knows how wrong this is]].
** They also resort to ''AdHominem'' [[http://theropoddatabase.blogspot.com/2012/01/almost-famous-im-misquoted-in-feduccias.html arguments]]. [[http://dml.cmnh.org/2012Jan/msg00030.html A lot.]]
** In general, the philosophy of the [=BANDit=] is well summed up by Mickey Mortimer:
--> "Those who doubted the dinosaur-bird link have always said ''Caudipteryx'' is a bird due to its unambiguous remiges and retrices. Originally, this meant separating it from other non-avialan maniraptoriforms, which they viewed as dinosaurs. Since 2002 however, as more maniraptoriforms are discovered with remiges and retrices, workers such as Feduccia and Martin have allowed oviraptorosaurs, dromaeosaurids, troodontids, and possibly even alvarezsaurids and ornithomimosaurs to be birds as well (though they still insist therizinosaurs are sauropodomorphs). Thus their arguments for placing ''Caudipteryx'' as a bird (e.g. Martin and Czerkas, 2000; Geist and Feduccia, 2000; Ruben and Jones, 2000) are no longer valid, as they now think some taxa which lack these bird-like characters (e.g. ''Velociraptor'') are birds anyway. Similarily, Feduccia et al. (2005) and Martin (2004) now agree ''Caudipteryx'' is a basal oviraptorosaur, though their placement of oviraptorosaurs and other maniraptorans outside of Theropoda remains incorrect."
* [[http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/10/the-giant-prehistoric-squid-that-ate-common-sense/ This]] interpretation of an ichthyosaur bonebed. Instead of a bunch of ichthyosaurs dying from, you know, some plausible cause, according to this idea the ichthyosaurs were killed by a speculative ''giant squid'' that we have no evidence ever existed. What's more, it claims that the "giant squid" used the bones of the ichthyosaurs to create a ''self portrait''.
* In April 2012 the idea that large dinosaurs were aquatic resurfaced and gained immense attention from the press. Except whoever came up with this [[http://skeletaldrawing.blogspot.com/2012/04/when-journalists-attack.html didn't give any actual reasoning and the few he implies don't have a leg to stand on]].[[note]]It is unlikely that this was an April Fools' joke, by the way, as the proposer of this hypothesis has a history of coming up with far-fetched ideas like these.[[/note]]
* American paleontologist Gregory Scott Paul often synonymizes dinosaurs that aren't especially closely related or are otherwise clearly distinct. His arguments come down to "these creatures seem similar". Satirized by The Theropod Database's Mickey Mortimer:
--> "I think I've figured out Paul's splitter/lumper methodology though. If a taxon is similar to another, but from a different horizon, it's a different species! Doesn't matter if anyone's actually tried to name a distinct taxon from there yet, or if there are actually any differences reported in the literature. If a taxon is from the same horizon as another similar one, they're synonymous! Ignore priority and use the name of the most complete specimen for the taxon. If a species forms a clade with another, they're congeneric! With these three easy steps, you too can lump and split the GSP way. ;)"
* Every paleontologist makes at least one other paleontologist cry. Debates still rage about results, methods and data used, validity of the science, pet theories... and honestly, that helps keep research going. So, in a way, [[TropesAreTools this trope isn't all bad]].
* Paleontology isn't that hot of a field all across the world, and in some countries, school textbooks are still written according to decade-old and thoroughly outdated scientific literature, simply because there aren't any recent publications in a given language that they could use as reference. Things like ''Brontosaurus'' still pop up from time to time in modern Biology books.
** There exists a textbook still in use (in the USA, probably the most paleontologically-advanced country) that not only has featherless maniraptorans, but pronated hands abound, there's at least one tripod-stance ''Tyrannosaurus'', the implication that birds may not be dinosaurs, and a ''Coelophysis'' with so wrong proportions, it is best labeled as a ''caricature''.
* Dinosaurs living alongside humans is also featured in this sarcastic Teach the Controversy [[http://controversy.wearscience.com/design/coexistence/ t-shirt]]
* The marketing software service [[http://bronto.com/ Bronto]] uses a green silhouette of an Apatosaurus for its logo.
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