Palae-oh-no is a series of stories on deviantART by paleontology enthusiast and fellow troperTyrannotitan. The stories feature a Late Cretaceous society run by troodonts in Laramidia, the main characters being two friends studying at university, Sampson Pterygius and Lora Anuscler. Both of them have relatively unusual interests, with Sampson advocating against the Fantastic Speciesism that is present in this society (troodonts are the only maniraptors granted full rights) and Lora being interested in synapsids, which are considered little more than food by most troodonts. The two are often joined by Jeff Breud, Sampson's high school science teacher.Sampson shares his home with two other friends, Kollin the Albertonykus and Corrie the Epichirostenotes, who are forced to stay permanently indoors due to the Fantastic Racism. Kollin spends much of his time on the internet ranting at trolls and pseudoscientific fringe groups, while Corrie, being more level-headed, tries (often unsuccessfully) to get him to relax.The series frequently satirizespop cultural depictions of paleontology and referencespaleontological facts.
This work provides examples of the following tropes:
Subverted by the Silurian fish and arthropods, which shown to be able to talk, but it's just because they were accidentally hit by the time machine's energy.
Anachronism Stew: The author took pains to avoid this, though some taxa from the Early Cretaceous of China are present, having arrived by time machine. At the end of "Ton-Zilla", Djhey brings a psychic hippo to the Cretaceous.
Beware the Silly Ones: Djhey Pterus is a complete maniac, but he was competent enough to infiltrate Primus's society and steal blueprints for a time machine, as well as capture the heroes and nearly succeed in killing them.
Partay_Animal was introduced as simply a rude forumgoer, but "Ton-Zilla" reveals that he has aspirations to be a supervillain.
Big Damn Heroes: Sampson, mutated into a Jurassic Park-style deinonychosaur, saves the others from Djhey.
Big Lipped Alligator Moment: In-universe, Kollin gets a video that is made to insult you, which has silly lyrics. Also an almost-literal example because the creature featured is a Notosuchus, a crocodyliform that may have had lips.invoked
Deadpan Snarker: Corrie shows shades of this, often as a result of Kollin's rants.
Deep Cover Agent: Primus and the other avialians who work for him. And now Sampson, Lora, Jeff, Kollin, and Corrie as well.
Determinator: The Atrociraptor are quite reckless. Fortunately for Jeff, they're also quite easily distracted.
Deus ex Machina: Subverted when it appears that a phoenix has showed up to save Jeff from the Atrociraptor pursuing him, but it turns out to be a remote-controlled toy that crashes to the ground.
Did They or Didn't They?: Done with Sampson and Lora in "Pseudobufo Pervasor", where the two mention that they have had a great night, but refuse to reveal why (it doesn't help that Literal-Minded Lora mentioned that they slept together, leaving Jeff to interperet things differently). It turns out they were watching a marathon of a series called The Parksosaurs.
Fantastic Speciesism: Most non-troodont maniraptors are forced to live out in the wild. Dromaeosaurids at least live in the society alongside the troodonts, but only troodonts are granted full civil rights. Interspecies Romance is also frowned upon.
Fun with Acronyms: MARTIANS, which stands for a pseudoscientific fringe group that advocates "Mammals Are Really Tiny, Inferior, And Not Synapsids", a parody of the real life fringe group BAND (Bird Are Not Dinosaurs).
Furry Confusion: Due to Fantastic Racism, Kollin and Corrie are officially considered Sampson's "pets", even though he certainly doesn't treat them that way. One of Sampson's students, named Collin, calls Kollin a "stumpo", and the students are shocked to find out Kollin (an Albertonykus, alverezsaur) and Corrie (an Epichirostenotes, oviraptorosaur) can speak. Needless to say, Kollin is not amused.
The Microraptor living in the Late Cretaceous are the only maniraptors that can't talk due to a time travel accident.
Furry Reminder: The characters have access to technology like cars and computers, but tidbits like the males being more flamboyant and the use of gizzard stones clearly show that these are still maniraptors, not feathered humans.
Future Slang: To the troodonts, "horse shit" is this, which brings up the question of how the troodont saying it came to learn the term. He turns out to be a time traveler.
Hobbits: The ancestors of the sapient troodonts were descended from a dwarf troodontid species called the "Boppits". They died out thanks to a volcanic eruption. They are a parody of the real life "Hobbit".
Hope Spot: The phoenix that appears when Jeff is being chased by some Atrociraptor is just a remote-controlled toy.
The gang successfully escape from their car when it gets stuck in quicksand, but are blown back into the quicksand by a strong wind.
Earlier in the same episode, Jeff realises that the man running the airport security is a friend of his, and sees if he can get past him using that. Unfortunately, it involves Sampson and Lora being questioned.
Hot Teacher: Feduciucc Synaphy, according to at least one student.
Paper-Thin Disguise: Kollin and Corrie's troodont disguises. Literally, as said disguises are just paper masks. In "Planet Not-Theropod", they put on similar masks to disguise themselves as humans, and it's still effective.
Sampson: Okay, why does everyone assume that we are a couple because we are a male and female together?
Ship Tease: Subverted in "It was MARITANS! 2/2", as when Kollin meets Lora, he becomes catatonic, but is merely stunned at the sight of a lizard. He acts normally once he turns his attention to her.
Sampson and Lora both are very kind to each other and have had some interesting interactions, though Word of God states that he doesn't know what direction to take, but that it's unlikely at the moment.
Kollin has been shown to have a crush on Kim-Lee.
Shipper on Deck: Corrie is both amused by and supportive of Kollin's crush on Kim-Lee.
Shipping Goggles: In-universe, a student misinterprets the use of "partner" to refer to Kollin and Corrie's relationship. invoked