A 1981 book written by Scottish geologist and [[ArtisticLicenseBiology biologist wannabe]] Creator/DougalDixon, which presented his hypothesis on how the fauna and geography of Earth could change 50 million years from now. Nowadays it's very outdated in terms of biology, geology and many other sciences. For its time, however, it was just about the only text that took the idea of future evolution seriously. Outlandish as they can be, the imagined animals were treated with utmost respect and painted as if they were real. It set the stage for the popular topic of speculative biology.

You can read it online [[http://www.sivatherium.narod.ru/library/Dixon/main_en.htm here]]. The book is given an extensive review, with emphasis on creature design and how well the imagined animals hold up twenty-odd years later, here ([[http://babbletrish.blogspot.com/2009/09/humans-are-dead-but-there-are.html part one]], [[http://babbletrish.blogspot.com/2009/10/megafaunas-back-baby-lets-continue.html part two]]).

[[http://vision.ameba.jp/watch.do?movie=156429 There's also an obscure Japanese cartoon episode]] [[http://babbletrish.blogspot.com/2010/12/obscure-dougal-dixon-stuff.html and television documentary based on it,]] [[NoExportForYou which, sadly, was never exported elsewhere.]]

!!This book provides examples of:

* ArmlessBiped: The Wakka and the Fin Lizard lack forelimbs.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: A ''literal'' example.
* AscendedToCarnivorism: The horrane and the raboon are top predators descended from monkeys. Likewise the predator rats fill the same niche as present-day canines.
* UsefulNotes/AustralianWildlife: Australia has collided with Southeast Asia & become a rainforest continent. Among others, there's the giantala, a giant lumbering kangaroo, the posset, a "marsupial pig" of sorts, and the slobber, an EyelessFace creature that catches insects with its salivation.
* BackupBluff: Threatened by birds, the Terratail rodent ducks behind a branch, hisses, and sticks its long tail (which resembles a snake) in its predators' faces.
* BatOutOfHell: There's a newly formed Pacific archipelago inhabited by various strange species of flightless bats. Probably the least scientifically plausible of the creatures presented (there could be flightless bats, but it'd be unlikely they'd produce forms like the nightstalker). That said, [[{{Homage}} at least they inspired]] ''Series/{{Primeval}}''[='=]s "Future Predator" and Subulba from ''Star Wars Episode One: Film/ThePhantomMenace''. The [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_Lesser_Short-tailed_Bat New Zealand Lesser Short-Tailed Bat]] does crawl around to hunt (though it's perfectly capable of flying as well).
* BizarreAlienLocomotion: The night stalkers walk on their forelimbs, using their hind legs to subdue prey.
* BizarreSexualDimorphism: The Matriarch Tinamou (female is similar to an adult turkey; male lives as a wren-like symbiont that rides around on her back), the predatory Bardelot (male looks like a polar bear, female is a huge, badass saber-toothed beast) and the Common Pine Chuck (female resembles living songbird, male has a massive beak for crushing seeds & nuts) are the three weirdest examples.
* ChestMonster: The oakleaf toad lures in prey with its worm-like tongue, while both a bird and a bat mimic flowers to attract insects.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Monkeys and apes still enjoy success in the tree tops, and have also become [[AscendedToCarnivorism the top predators of the African grasslands]]. Ironically, grassland predators is also where humanity got its start.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Giant, marine descendants of modern penguins took over the place of whales. Anatomically speaking, there are a couple of problems (namely, the flexibility of the spine and the vivipary thing), but otherwise these birds are probably among the most accurate creatures from the book. Which is really saying [[ArtisticLicenseBiology something]].
* {{Expy}}: Many of the life forms are Expies of real ones, both living and extinct. The text Lampshades these as examples of convergent evolution.
* EyelessFace: The truteal, purrip bat, and slobber.
* FeatheredFiend: There are several predatory birds, only one of which seems to be related to any modern birds of prey.
* LivingShip: In a land-going variant, one of the antelope species has a double-ridged back lined with long fur. Insect-eating birds nest in the groove between the ridges, giving their young a free ride along with the antelope herds, while the antelope gets a reliable tick-removal service and is warned of predators by the birds' alarm-calls.
* ManiacMonkeys: The cheetah-like Horrane and the theropod-like Raboons.
** While not true predators, the Khiffah sometimes leads a foe into a trap, and then eats it.
** The swimming monkey is a hunter, albeit of fish rather than mammals.
* MessyPig: Various species and even entirely new families of herbivores evolve from them. Most are pretty believable.
* NounVerber: Many of the animal names follow this trope.
* PantheraAwesome: The striger, the last of the felines, and the first predator in Earth's history to develop adaptations specifically for preying on monkeys and apes.
* {{Portmanteau}}: Some of the animals are named like this, such as the rabbuck (a lagomorph that's taken over the deer ecological niche: rabbit + buck), and the shrock (a large, black-and-white striped insectivore-descendant: shrew + brock)
** Don't forget the [[RuleOfCool raptor baboons]].
* RodentsOfUnusualSize: Rodents are, in fact, the dominant predators of the new world (despite many other more plausible candidates, like shrews & other ([[ScienceMarchesOn former]]) insectivorans). Some weird things like the aquatic, hippo-like Mudgulper or the kangaroo-like desert leaper are present as well.
** Rodents in South America didn't turn predatory since carnivorans still survived there, but did evolve into larger forms like the tapimus, strick, and wakka.
* ShoutOut: The Oakleaf Toad [[Literature/TheLordOfTheRings comes from the genus]] ''Grima'' and has a tongue that looks like an earthworm.
** The ghole might well have been named in reference to Creator/HPLovecraft's ghouls and dholes, all three being bone-gnawers.
** [[Series/SaturdayNightLive Land shark!]]
* SpeculativeBiology: [[TropeCodifier One of the earliest]] and most famous works in the genre.
* SpiritualSuccessor : The 2003 TV series (and companion book) ''Franchise/TheFutureIsWild'', produced by Animal Planet, takes one step further and shows three different future eras of life on Earth : 5 million AD, 100 million AD and 200 million AD.
* TheSymbiote: The trovamp, a small blood-sucking mammal.
* TimePassesMontage: The illustrations of savannah predators include three similar views of the same dead gigantelope, being fed upon in turn by horranes, raboons and gholes, until nothing is left but bones.
* ToothyBird: Not exactly "toothy", but there's a kingfisher descendant with tooth-like serrations on the beak.
* WalkOnWater: The mosquito larva-eating pfrit, a mammal so lightweight it can scamper across ponds like an insect.
* YouDirtyRat: The rats have become the Earth's principal predator group, taking over the place of the carnivorans.
* {{Zeerust}}: Several creature designs are quite dated.