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New Blood


The first dinosaur to appear, and the most seen critter in this episode.

  • Eats Babies: Of their own kind! And the cynodonts...
  • Fragile Speedster: It is more agile and faster than any other reptile of its era.
  • Science Marches On: Research since the documentary was made has revealed that there is no evidence for Coelophysis being a cannibal. The "babies" found in their gut were probably just smaller reptiles they had eaten.
  • The Swarm: At the end of the episode it gangs up to kill a dying Postosuchus.
  • Villain Protagonist: Not exactly the most sympathetic main character of the series.
  • Zerg Rush


A close relative of mammals.


The species chosen to represent the obsolete basal synapsids of the past.

  • Butt Monkey: Representing all the species that can't survive the Triassic, and basically serves the episode simply as prey item for Postosuchus and Coelophysis.
  • Dumb Muscle
  • Mighty Glacier


The main large predator of the time period. A quasi-crocodilian creature.

  • Adaptation Expansion: The cause of the Postosuchus' injury is never clearly explained; the narrator only said it was injured during its last hunt. In the book, however, it is stated the Postosuchus fights a Plateosaurus and was defeated and injured by it. Furthermore, it tries to give one last fight against the Coelophysis pack and manage to kill one before succumbing to its wound.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Technically it is no villain and just a predator, but its death nonetheless is one of the most depressing scenes in the series.
  • Armor Is Useless: And no hindrance to the Coelophysis in the end.
  • Bad Ass: As the biggest predator of the Triassic era, it certainly qualifies.
    • Badass in Distress: It was injured in the middle of the episode, the injury ultimately lead to it's agonizing death near the end of the episode
  • Cool Versus Awesome: In the book it fights a Plateosaurus.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Eating a Placerias alive.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Not a true crocodile, but still.
  • Prehistoric Monster: Played With.
  • Somewhere, a Palaeontologist Is Crying : Its marking behaviour is rather controversial and raised some critics from scientists, as no evidence suggest such behaviour.


Appearing only in the end, as a harbinger of the takeover of the dinosaurs.


A small pterosaur, appearing in a small role.

Time Of The Titans:


A large sauropod, and the main protagonist of the episode.


The main antagonist of the episode, and the largest predator in the episode.


A small carnivore, harassing the young early on.


Appearing in a minor role, confronting the Allosaurus.

  • Accidental Hero: Saves the young Diplodocus from the Allosaurus accidentally. On the other hand, it also kills one of them by accident.
  • Bad Ass: The Allosaurus doesn't even dare to attack it, for a good reason...
  • Beware My Stinger Tail: Its main weapon of defense
  • Cool Versus Awesome: Almost happen between it and the Allosaurus, but the predator decide to retreat before fighting it.
  • Dumb Muscle: Had the smallest brain of all the dinosaurs of its size. Still, it's not an easy target.
  • Rule of Cool: The flushing of blood into its plates.
  • Stock Dinosaurs


A small pterosaur, living among the Diplodocus.

  • Misplaced Wildlife: Shown in North America despite only being known from Europe.
  • Noisy Nature: Makes helluva lot of noise for such a small animal....
  • Ptero Soarer
  • Rule of Cool: The speculative symbiotic relationship between them and the Diplodocus.
  • Science Marches On: Recent evidence suggests that angurognathid pterosaurs were nocturnal and caught insects on the fly rather than perching on sauropod dinosaurs.
  • The Swarm: Though non-malicious.

Cruel Sea


A small ichthyosaur, and the main protagonist of the episode.

  • Eats Babies: It is not shown, but stated that the adults would eat the young of other Ophthalmosaurus.
  • Supporting Protagonist: In a sense, the episode is more about the Liopleurodon than them.


A large sea reptile, and the main antagonist of this episode. Also appears in Sea Monsters.

  • Adaptational Badass: It wasn't really the biggest predator on the planet, but it's still more dangerous than any living sea creature.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: As with the Postosuchus in the first episode.
  • Bad Ass: The biggest predator on the planet (at least in the series); what else do you need to know?
  • Big Bad: The main predator of the episode.
  • Death by Irony: It dies because of its one own massive size after it gets stranded, and later eaten by a group of Eustreptospondylus (note that it kills one of them in beginning of the episode).
  • Downer Ending: Its death at the end of the episode is just as depressing as the death of the Postosuchus in the first episode.
  • The Dreaded: It's the most feared creature of its environment, and the most powerful carnivore featured in the entire series. The series also contributed the fame and semi-mythical reputation earned by the Liopleurodon later in popular culture.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Killing a Eustreptospondylus in the beginning of the episode is one of the most memorable scenes in the series.
  • Prehistoric Monster
  • Rule of Cool: Liopleurodon isn't known from remains as large as the animal depicted in the show.
  • Sea Monster: Is actually depicted more or less as this.
  • Villain Protagonist: It's arguably the actual main character of the episode, and is the more memorable than the Ophtalmosaurus. However, it is averted by the fact that it's just a predator rather than actually evil.


A land-lubbing scavenger.


A small Jurassic shark, appearing again and again in the episode.

  • Threatening Shark: Mostly averted, as they are subservient to Liopleurodon, but they are threatening in their own right.


A seal-like plesiosaur.


A gull-like pterosaur.

  • Big Eater: Fish, insect larvae, horseshoe crab eggs; it seems that as long as it's meat, they'll eat it.
  • Butt Monkey/Red Shirt: They're depicted as rather expendable; some get eaten by a Eustreptospondylus, others have their bones shattered during a severe storm.
  • Noisy Nature
  • Ptero Soarer

Giant Of The Skies


The main protagonist of the episode, a large pterosaur.

  • Babies Ever After: Implied in the book (and the documentary, albeit in a "blink-and-you-miss-it" sense) to show that his journey may not have been completely pointless:
    Despite this ignominious end, the old male was a success. In his 40 years of life he probably sired several thousand offspring and it is likely that some of them were on this beach, competing and succeeding where he finally failed.
  • Bad Ass Grandpa/Cool Old Guy: He flew halfway across the world and cheated death multiple times all because his sex drive was too much for him to ignore. The trip pretty much killed him, but you have to admit that doing something like that must have taken a lot of stamina.
  • Bloodier and Gorier: His death is considerably more bloody and violent in the book (simply put, the rival males more or less try to tear him apart every time he attempts to land).
  • Death by Sex: Inverted; he never gets the chance to mate and then he dies.
  • The Determinator: He would've stopped at nothing to get to his mating grounds. And later, even when he's driven away and then slowly dying of starvation and heat stress, he's still calling for females to mate with him. He fails, but still. Possibly justified since he's being driven by instinct.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: The specimen the improbably giant size estimates were based on didn't get scientifically described until 2012.
  • Giant Flyer
  • Ptero Soarer
  • Rule of Cool: The producers chose the largest possible size estimate for this pterosaur to use in the show for this reason. In reality, a wingspan of 8 meters is more likely even for the large specimen the estimates were based on.
  • Science Marches On: Tropeognathus may be the correct name for the pterosaur shown.
    • Additionally, the narrator claims that the Ornithocheirus has to keep his fur dry at all times. It is now known that ornithocheirid pterosaurs were not only adequate swimmers, but also quite capable of launching from the water if they needed to.
  • Shoot the Shaggy Dog: Travels the whole world to mate, dies without mating a single time.
    • Subverted in the book, which implies that his death wasn't completely in vain, as his offspring from past mating seasons were most likely on the beach as well.


A smaller pterosaur, appearing in the start of the episode.

  • Early-Bird Cameo: The species of Tapejara (though now reassigned to Tupandactylus) used had not been published at the time the series aired.
  • Giant Flyer: Smaller than the Ornithocheirus, but still large for a flying animal.
  • Hero of Another Story
  • Nice Hat: Well, its part of their head, but still....
  • Noisy Nature: Justified, being a mating colony.
  • Ptero Soarer: More so than most other depicted pterosaurs because it's proportions are utterly screwed, it's crest has weird ridges on it that make it look like some sort of fish fin, and it lives on the beach, eating fish, when even back then the idea that they were terrestrial omnivores with possible frugivore leanings was the most common interpretation.
  • Science Marches On: The species shown is now in the genus Tupandactylus.


A herd-living dinosaur, appearing as the main large herbivore of the episode.

  • Science Marches On: The North American remains of "Iguanodon" are now thought to represent separate genera.
  • Stock Dinosaurs
  • Palette Swap: The European and American variants have different colors, and that is that. Same goes for the one in Chased By Dinosaurs.


A large pliosaur, appearing for one scene, and having absolutely no effect on the plot whatsoever. We will include it anyway, because, well, you know.


A raptor, appearing for a small segment in Europe.


A small gregarious bird, shortly harassing the Ornithocheirus.

  • Feathered Fiend
  • Mama Bear: Is implied to attack to protect their nesting grounds.
  • Rule of Cool: Their Zerg Rush behavior.
  • Science Marches On: Enantiornithines did not have tail fans like modern birds do, instead having two long feathers (most of the time). In addition, all known enantiornithine nests (and phylogenetic bracketing) suggest they were ground nesters.
  • Zerg Rush


A small armored dinosaur shown traveling alongside the Iguanodon.

  • Misplaced Wildlife: Known only from Europe but also shown in North America.
  • Stone Wall: Which dissuades the Utahraptor from considering it as prey.

Spirits Of The Ice Forest


A small dinosaur, and the main protagonist of the episode.

Polar allosaur

The main antagonist of the episode, a carnivorous summer guest.


A large amphibian living in Antarctica.


A large iguanodontian, appearing as summer guests to the territory.

Death of a Dynasty

Tyrannosaurus rex


A large herbivore, severely damaging the mother Tyrannosaurus.


The main prey item of the Tyrannosaurus.


Another main prey for the Tyrannosaurus.


A tenacious mammal, and the only animal thriving in the harsh Cretaceous environment.


A large pterosaur, appearing shortly.


A large crocodilian, appearing shortly, but expanded in Prehistoric Park and the book.


Small predators shown menacing young Torosaurus and Tyrannosaurus eggs.


A snake that finds itself harassed by juvenile Tyrannosaurus.

     Walking With Beasts 

New Dawn


A small insectivore, and the main protagonist of the main episode.


A giant killer-bird, and the main antagonist of the episode.


An early whale, having a separate story-arc in the episode.


A small basal horse, and the main herbivorous animal of the episode.


A small primate, appearing near the end of the episode.

Titanomyrma (giant ants)

A carnivorous ant appearing briefly but memorably, killing the Gastornis chick.

Whale Killer


A large carnivorous whale, and the main protagonist of the episode.


A scavenger, appearing in a separate plotline of the episode.


A large, rhino-like animal, appearing along the Andrewsarchus in the separate plotline


A basal relative to elephants, appearing as a potential prey item for the Basilosaurus.


A small, early monkey, appearing in a small, plot-irrelevant role in the mangroves.


A small whale preyed on by the Basilosaurus.


A small shark, referred to only as "shark" in the episode, and carrying only a minor role, mainly for The Worf Effect.

Land Of Giants


A prehistoric rhino, though tall as a giraffe.

  • Bad Ass
  • Mama Bear: The mother successfully defends her child against Hyaenodon several times and the entelodonts.
  • Mighty Glacier
  • Replacement Goldfish: The mother kicks her calf out when she has a new one.
  • Rhino Rampage: Though they do not resemble modern rhinos, the mother slips into this behaviour every now and then.


A predator, not closely related to hyenas, and the main antagonist of the episode.

  • Angry Guard Dog: Has this appearance.
  • Bad Ass : They are one of the biggest land carnivore of it's time and without doubt one of the fiercest.
  • Cool Versus Awesome: Their confrontation with the entelodonts. Hell, its so awesome, that it was actually the cover for the DVD release of Walking With Beasts. It seems as if it was the main point of the episode, and the indricotheres where just Supporting Protagonists.
  • Hell Hound: They sure look like this.
  • Meaningful Name : Hyaenodon literally means "Hyena's tooth" though technically it doesn't related to Hyenas.
  • What an Idiot : It tries to defend it's prey from the entelodonts in a rather desperate act (pooping on it) in order to hide it's smell. Doesn't work at all. As weird as it is though it was based on a real life fossil evidence.
  • WHOSLAUGHINGNOW : One showned chasing a lone Entelodont in the middle of the rain. It's not clear if it's the same Hyaenodon who got chased away by the entelodonts earlier.


A large relative to pigs, a scavenger in Mongolia.


The main prey item of the episode, a large relative of horses.

Bear-dog (amphicyonid)

A small carnivore.

Next Of Kin

Australopithecus afarensis

Our earliest known direct ancestor, a bipedal ape living in Africa.


A saber-toothed cat, and the main antagonist of the episode.

  • Bad Ass : It basically a super sized leopard, with saber teeth, and more muscular body. Our ancestors learn who is the top predator of the savannah in a hard way.
  • Cats Are Mean: Averted. It's presented as just a predator trying to feed itself, although still a constant danger to the Australopithecus clan.
  • Hero Killer : It is the main predator of the Australopithecus.
  • Panthera Awesome: Undeniably.


A large elephant relative.

  • Ax-Crazy: A young male encountered by the australopithecines is one of the only creatures that can be described as this in the series.
  • Bad Ass
  • Dumb Muscle
  • Honorable Elephant: Completely subverted. They are not the least honorable.
  • Rhino Rampage: It is an elephant relative, but its behaviour fits.


A large relative of Chalicotherium, serving a small role.

Sabre Tooth

Smilodon (sabre-toothed cat)

A large carnivore, and the main protagonist of the episode.

  • Artistic License - Paleontology: Their behavior, which was bluntly copied from extant African lions. Most notably, the females are seen chasing down Macrauchenia, being able to do sharp turns while running. Smilodon was an ambush predator that could only run in short bursts of speed; its short tail would have made it very unbalanced in a high speed chase.
  • Bad Ass : As expected from the biggest, baddest cat that ever lived. Those saber tooth is rather fragile though. Special mention goes to Half-Tooth
    • Bad Ass Grandpa: Half-tooth.
    • Bad Ass Crew : The pride/pack is the most efficient killing machine in the plain of it's era. However it later zig-zagged due to the fact it doesn't do much to defend their youngs from the brothers and quickly runs away without giving a fight after seeing it's new leader killed by the Megatherium.
  • Eats Babies: Half-tooth eats a Macrauchenia baby.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending : Half-Tooth gets one after fighting the two brothers
    • Downer Ending : For the brothers, both died in the end after their short violent reign.
  • Papa Wolf : In the beginning of the episode Half-Tooth chases away a pair of terror birds attempting to eat it's baby.
  • Panthera Awesome
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The second brother, whom simply runs away after his brother is dead. In the show, he is injured by Half Tooth and devoured by the terror birds.
  • Siblings in Crime: The two brothers that drive Half-tooth form his pride.
  • The Worf Effect: Half Tooth is driven away by the brothers. Later turned around when a Megatherium kills one of them.
  • Would Hurt a Child: The brothers.

Phorusrhacos (terror bird)

A large flightless bird, and the previous top predator of South America.

  • Artistic License - Paleontology: They are seen 700,000 years after their supossed extinction; this particular genus died out during the Miocene.
  • Bad Ass : It's a scavenger maybe, but as the macrauchenia learns the hard way, their killing skill is still very effective.
  • Carnivore Confusion: Depicting them as scavengers, making less sympathetic than the equally carnivorous Smilodon.
  • Circling Vultures: The wounded brother is pursued by phorusrhacids after he is usurped. Guess how it ends for him....
  • Feathered Fiend
  • Lightning Bruiser : It appears out of no where to kill a young macrauchenia
  • The Worf Effect: Most of their screentime involves them being chased off by Smilodon.


The standard prey animal of the episode. A large grass-eater.

  • Butt Monkey : Serves the episode simply as prey for Smilodon and Terror birds. (And possibly the Megatherium)
  • What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: The approach to keep the Smilodon sympathetic, is to make this completely dull, and hard to sympathize with.


A large sloth, very strong.


A giant armadillo relative.

A Mammoth Journey

Woolly Mammoth

Oh, come on, you know this one! The main protagonist of the episode.


A giant deer with a set of giant antlers.

Woolly Rhinoceros

You ought to know this one as well. Appears in a minor role.

Cave lion

An European lion, adapted to the snowy environment.

Neanderthals (Homo neanderthalensis)

Your standard caveman, appearing in a small role.

Cro-Magnon (Homo sapiens)

Appearing in a supporting roles, as a hunter-gatherer culture.

     Walking With Monsters 

The Cambrian


A sort of giant arthropod, the largest animal and main predator of the segment.


Shown as the first fish and vertebrate, and one of our first known ancestors.


The main prey item appearing shortly in the segment. The exact species is unidentified.

The Silurian


Shown as a new developement of fish, and the next line of our ancestors.


A giant aquatic scorpion, and the main pedator of the Cephalaspis.


A large sea scorpion, and the largest predator in the episode.

The Devonian


Shown as the first amphibian and our first land-lubbing ancestor.


A minor predator in the segment. Notable for the bizarre dorsal fin possessed by the males.


The main predator of the segment, a giant lobe-finned carnivorous fish.

The Carboniferous


Shown as one of the first reptiles and our first fully terrestrial ancestor.

Mesothelae spider

A Giant Spider, and the largest that ever lived. Note that this was probably the most severe case of Science Marches On on behalf of the producers: They based this creature on the fossils of a creature called Megarachne, but late in production, it was found that this was actually sea scorpion. The name of the spider in the show was changed to Mesothelae (a group of basal spiders), and they decided to leave it in, though evidence for such a creature doesn't exist.


A giant dragonfly and a secondary predator of the segment.

  • Always a Bigger Fish: Steals the Petrolacosaurus from the Mesothelae spider. Then gets its eaten by the Proterogyrinus during the storm.
  • Bad Ass : As the Narrator puts it they are "the Queen of the sky" of the carboniferous era
  • Big Badass Bird of Prey: While it's not an actual bird of prey (having been alive before birds of any kind even came into existence), its behavior is quite a bit like some sort of hawk. A case of Truth in Television, as dragonflies in modern times are aerial hunters.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies : More like Big creepy flyers actually.
  • Death from Above : Steals the giant spider's prey, and most likely it's killing method.
  • Giant Flyer : It's a dragonfly the size of an eagle!


A giant herbivorous myriapod with a brief appearance.


A large amphibian and the main predator of the segment.

Early Permian


A herbivorous sailback synapsid and the main prey of the segment.


A carnivorous sailback and the top predator in its habitat.

  • Bad Ass : The fiercest and biggest predator of the permian era (at least until the Gorgonops appear).
  • Child Eater: Their own children, no less.
  • Eats Babies Mentioned above
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Conducts a mock charge to hunt the Edaphosaurus and see through their defense.
  • Eye Scream: The main female loses its right eye in a fight with another Dimetrodon.
  • Mama Bear : It will do anything to defend it's eggs, but zig-zagged with fact it tries to kill the weak ones after they hatch
  • Monster Is a Mommy : And mommy is a cannibal
  • Stock Dinosaurs: Of the non-dinosaur variety.
  • Tear Jerker : It lose one of it's eye and starving to defend it's eggs and yet at the end of the story it tries to kill and eat the weak one due to it's hunger. As the narrator put it :
"One adult is driven by hunger and desparation...the mother."


A carnivorous amphibian harassing the Dimetrodon.

Late Permian


A large predator and the main predator of the segment.


A large relative of turtles (maybe), wandering in vast herds.

  • Dumb Muscle
  • The Swarm: Though they are individually enormous, the giant herd ripping the waterhole of everything edible fits this behaviour.


A small rodent-like synapsid, and the only shown survivor of the Permian extinction (though in reality they didn't survive).


A large amphibian, doomed to extinction.



A large herbivore and the most numerous large animal on Earth at the time.


A venomous predator, lurking in the hills.


Shown as the ancestor of all dinosaurs.


A crocodile-like archosauromorph.

     Walking With Dinosaurs 3 D 


The protagonist, a Pachyrhinosaurus.

  • Big Damn Heroes: He pulls this off in the end, leading the herd to save Scowler from the Gorgosaurus pack.
  • Borrowed Catchphrase: When Scowler says "One more thing, Patchi...", Patchi sighs and mutters "I know, I your dust."
  • Buffy Speak: Calls the Chirostenotes "skinny necked pecky things".
  • Chekov's Gun: You see the hole in his frill the Troodon made eariler? He later uses it to break Gorgon's arm and finish him.
  • The Hero
  • Heroic BSOD: He goes into this after Scowler leaves him for dead, even welcoming the scavengers coming in to eat him. But Alex tells him to live or die for something worth dying for like Bulldust did, giving him the resolve to rejoin the herd.
  • Idiot Hero: Was this at the beginning. Begins to shape up after Scowler nearly loses the herd in an icy lake.
  • Runt
  • She Is Not My Girlfriend: Tries using this after Scowler teases him for liking Juniper.
  • Use Your Head: As expected from a ceratopsian.
  • Victorious Childhood Friend: With Juniper.


The protagonist's friend, an Alexornis.

  • Deadpan Snarker
  • The Narrator: Of the movie. He often shares the narrating with Patchi, though.
  • The Mentor: To Patchi.
  • Running Gag: While talking about something, he'll see bugs flying and quickly eats them.
  • Seldom Seen Species: Enantiornithes are rarely depicted on screen, let alone Alexornis
  • Toothy Bird: Although somewhat realistic, since many similar birds had teeth and all, Alex's design is seemingly more oriented towards cartoony bird appearences, having a "beak" with teeth instead of the feathered snout of known enantiornithe snouts.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Patchi.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: He couldn't believe it when Patchi tells him to let him die, so he scolds him and says that if he's going to die...then he should die for something worth living for (his love for Juniper).


Patchi's Love Interest.


Patchi's older brother.


A Gorgosaurus. Supposedly the Big Bad of the film.

  • Anti-Villain
  • Badass: He snatches a freakin' Quetzalcoatlus from the air.
  • Berserk Button: Apparently, due to his eyes narrowing, he does not like Patchi calling him "tiny arms".
  • Gender-Blender Name: Sort of. The word "gorgon" generally applies to female monsters.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Him attacking Scowler and nearly killing him at the climax of the film can be seen as this, especially considering how the latter had just left his own brother to die in a ditch.
  • Predators Are Mean: Subverted. He is never depicted evil or malicious, but rather just hungry and wanting to feed his pack.


An older Pachyrhinosaurus and the leader of his herd. He's also Patchi and Scowler's father.


A trio of lesser antagonists.

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