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* HeadButtingPachy: When the protagonists visit the Cretaceous period, they observe two male ''Pachycephalosaurus'' engaging in head-butting combat over a harem of females.


* EgomaniacHunter: Sir Jasper Collywobble. He goes back in time for the greatest trophies.

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* EgomaniacHunter: Sir Jasper Collywobble. He After hunting all big game of our time, he goes back in time to hunt for the greatest even greater trophies.

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* TheFantasticTropeOfWonderousTitles: Both books have titles like this.


* FamilyThemeNaming: Lancelot and Perceval are both named after characters from the ArthurianLegend.

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* FamilyThemeNaming: Lancelot and Perceval are both named after characters from the ArthurianLegend.Myth/ArthurianLegend.


* SavageWolves: The wolves attack a herd of musk oxen; the heroes drive them away with fireworks, but discuss that the wolves aren't evil, just hunting for food.

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* SavageWolves: The wolves attack a herd of musk oxen; the heroes drive them away with fireworks, but discuss that the wolves [[PredationIsNatural aren't evil, just hunting for food.food]].


* BewareTheNiceOnes: The ''Scolosaurus'' in ''The Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure''. Very timid and friendly, but he's still an ankylosaur who can put up a fight against a ''Tyrannosaurus rex''.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: The ''Scolosaurus'' in ''The Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure''. Very timid and friendly, but he's still an ankylosaur who can will put up a fight against a ''Tyrannosaurus rex''.rex'' when pushed too far.



* PredatorsAreMean: Mostly averted in the first book, where many of the carnivores (e.g. Killer Whale, Polar Bear and Boa Constrictor) are acknowledged to be carnivores, but are very friendly with the main characters. Played entirely straight in the second book, where all carnivores (''Coelophysis'', ''Tanystropheus'', ''Allosaurus'' and ''TyrannosaurusRex'') are villains, trying to eat the main human cast.

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* PredatorsAreMean: Mostly averted in the first book, where many of the carnivores (e.g. Killer Whale, Polar Bear and Boa Constrictor) are acknowledged to be carnivores, but are very friendly with the main characters. Played entirely straight in the second book, where all carnivores (''Coelophysis'', ''Tanystropheus'', ''Allosaurus'' and ''TyrannosaurusRex'') are villains, trying to eat the main human cast.cast - the only friendly carnivore is the pterosaur ''Gnathosaurus''.



* StockDinosaurs: Played straight with ''TyrannosaurusRex'', ''Allosaurus'', ''Diplodocus'', ''Triceratops'' and ''Plateosaurus''. Averted by most of the Triassic fauna, such as ''Coelophysis'', ''Tanystropheus'' or ''Phytosaurus'', and using ''Scolosaurus'' instead of ''Ankylosaurus''.

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* StockDinosaurs: Played straight with ''TyrannosaurusRex'', ''Allosaurus'', ''Diplodocus'', ''Triceratops'' and ''Plateosaurus''. Averted by most of the Triassic fauna, such as ''Coelophysis'', ''Tanystropheus'' or ''Phytosaurus'', and using ''Scolosaurus'' instead of ''Ankylosaurus''. Also, the most prominently featured pterosaur is the relatively obscure ''Gnathosaurus'' from the Jurassic period.


* BewareTheNiceOnes: The ''Scolosaurus'' in ''The Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure''.

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* BewareTheNiceOnes: The ''Scolosaurus'' in ''The Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure''. Very timid and friendly, but he's still an ankylosaur who can put up a fight against a ''Tyrannosaurus rex''.

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* CowardlyLion: The ''Scolosaurus'' is a very timid dinosaur, but once he overcomes his fear, he puts up a fight against the ''Tyrannosaurus rex'' as only a fully-armored ankylosaur can.


There is also a sequel, ''The Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure'', in which Lancelot and the children travel back to the time of the dinosaurs in pursuit of the evil Sir Jasper Collywobble.

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There is also Two years after the original book, Durrell wrote a sequel, ''The Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure'', in which Lancelot and the children travel back to the time of the dinosaurs in pursuit of the evil Sir Jasper Collywobble.
Collywobble.

In 2001, an animated children's series was produced in the UK, based on the book. It [[AdaptationExpansion expanded the plot]], and added a villain who pursued the Dollybutt family on their journey to get her hands on the magical powder that enables them to talk with animals.



* BearyFriendly: Polar Bear is surprisingly friendly with the protagonists considering that she's both a predator and a mother.

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* BearyFriendly: Polar Bear is surprisingly friendly with the protagonists considering that she's both a predator and a mother.[[MamaBear mother]].

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* DumbMuscle: Throttlethumbs.


* CarnivoreConfusion: Mostly averted in the first book, where many of the carnivores (e.g. Killer Whale, Polar Bear and Boa Constrictor) are acknowledged to be carnivores, but are very friendly with the main characters. Played entirely straight in the second book, where all carnivores (''Coelophysis'', ''Tanystropheus'', ''Allosaurus'' and ''TyrannosaurusRex'') are villains, trying to eat the main human cast.

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* CarnivoreConfusion: Mostly averted CoolAirship: The Belladonna, which is 100% eco-friendly and runs on BambooTechnology. Becomes even cooler in the first book, sequel where many of the carnivores (e.g. Killer Whale, Polar Bear and Boa Constrictor) are acknowledged to be carnivores, but are very friendly it gets upgraded with the main characters. Played entirely straight in the second book, where all carnivores (''Coelophysis'', ''Tanystropheus'', ''Allosaurus'' and ''TyrannosaurusRex'') are villains, trying to eat the main human cast.a TimeMachine.



* PredatorsAreMean: Mostly averted in the first book, where many of the carnivores (e.g. Killer Whale, Polar Bear and Boa Constrictor) are acknowledged to be carnivores, but are very friendly with the main characters. Played entirely straight in the second book, where all carnivores (''Coelophysis'', ''Tanystropheus'', ''Allosaurus'' and ''TyrannosaurusRex'') are villains, trying to eat the main human cast.



* TimeMachine: In the sequel, Belladonna is upgraded into this.

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* TimeMachine: In the sequel, the Belladonna is upgraded into this.

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* HerbivoresAreFriendly: Zigzagged in the first book, with the gorilla, elephant, musk ox etc. being friendly but a few herbivores such as the rhino being hostile. Played mostly straight in the second book, with the herbivorous dinosaurs being friendly and the carnivores being hostile.

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* CoolOldGuy: Great-Uncle Lancelot, despite his eccentricities, is a pretty great fellow.

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* SnakesAreSinister: Played straight with the spitting cobra that attacks one of the twins. Averted with Boa Constrictor, who is a GentleGiant complaining about the bad reputation of his species.

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* SeldomSeenSpecies: The first book features many of these, including a spitting cobra, honey badger, honeyguide bird, musk ox, tapir, howler monkey, cock-of-the-rock and elephant seal. The second book features mostly StockDinosaurs, but also some seldom-seen Triassic species (see below).
* SmellySkunk: Great-Uncle Lancelot gets sprayed by one in South America. It's a surprisingly polite one who keeps apologizing after he realizes Lancelot isn't a predator.

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