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* KidnappingBirdOfPrey: The Haast's eagle kills a Maori woman in its first appearance.

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* AlasPoorVillain: Well, more [[NonMaliciousMonster antagonist]] than outright villain, but the death of the ''Megalania'' in "The Burning" is portrayed in a rather tragic light.


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* GreenAesop: At the end of "The End of Eden", it's stated that modern humans must take better care of the environment if we are to avoid continuing to drive species to extinction.


* HumansAreBastards: Not thoroughly, but "The End of Eden" has the undercurrent that humans are bastards, and turn other magnifiscent species extinct.

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* HumansAreBastards: Not thoroughly, but "The End of Eden" has the undercurrent that humans are bastards, and turn other magnifiscent magnificent species extinct.



* SavageWolves: Dire wolves appear in "The Eternal Frontier", but only in a minor role, and live.acted by wolves.
* Slurpasaur: Averted by the main animals, such as the short-faced bear, megalania and moa, but played straght by the Haast eagle and American lion, which are portayed by a harpy eagle and African lion, respectively.

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* SavageWolves: Dire wolves appear in "The Eternal Frontier", but only in a minor role, and live.acted live-acted by wolves.
* Slurpasaur: {{Slurpasaur}}: Averted by the main animals, such as the short-faced bear, megalania and moa, but played straght by the Haast eagle and American lion, which are portayed by a harpy eagle and African lion, respectively.


* BigBad: The short-faced bear in "The Eternal Frontier", the megalania in "The Burning", and the Haast eagle in "The End of Eden". None of those three animals are truly evil; they were simply being predators by nature.



* Slurpasaur: Averted by the main animals, such as the short-faced bear, megalania and moa, but played straght by the Haast eagle, American cheetah and American lion, which are portayed by a harpy eagle, common cheetah, and African lion, respectively.

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* Slurpasaur: Averted by the main animals, such as the short-faced bear, megalania and moa, but played straght by the Haast eagle, American cheetah eagle and American lion, which are portayed by a harpy eagle, common cheetah, eagle and African lion, respectively.


* {{Slurpasaur}}: Averted by the main animals, such as mammoth, short-faced bear, megalania and moa, but played straght by the Haast eagle, American cheetah and American lion, which are portayed by a harpy eagle, common cheetah, and African lion, respectively.

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* {{Slurpasaur}}: Slurpasaur: Averted by the main animals, such as mammoth, the short-faced bear, megalania and moa, but played straght by the Haast eagle, American cheetah and American lion, which are portayed by a harpy eagle, common cheetah, and African lion, respectively.


'''Monsters We Met''' is a BBC Documentary Mini-Series, made in 2004 and shown on Animal Planet in two rounds, under the name ''Land of Lost Monsters''. Its focus is on the prehistoric encounters between ''Homo sapiens'' and the most spectacular extinct species, on three continents: The first episode was in North America, the next in Australia, and the final in New Zealand. Each episode was an hour long, including commercial breaks, and it was narrated by Ian Holm.

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'''Monsters We Met''' is a BBC Documentary Mini-Series, made in 2004 and Mini-Series from 2003. It was shown on Animal Planet in two rounds, under the name ''Land of Lost Monsters''. Its focus is on the prehistoric encounters between ''Homo sapiens'' and the most spectacular extinct species, species on three continents: The first episode ("The Eternal Frontier") was in North America, the next second ("The Burning") in Australia, and the final third ("The End of Eden") in New Zealand. Each episode was an hour long, including long (including commercial breaks, breaks) and it was narrated by Ian Holm.



* HerbivoresAreFriendly: Played straight with the mammoth, giant ground sloth, giant moa, and diprotodon.



* HumansAreTheRealMonsters: The whole premise of the show was to depict how humans made all the prehistoric megafauna extinct, even the deadliest predators.



* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The aborigines in "The Burning" eventually resorts to do this to the megalania. It works, and the species goes extinct. The Maori also do this to the giant moa when burning their forest home.]]

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* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The aborigines in "The Burning" eventually resorts resort to do this to the megalania. It works, and the species goes extinct. The Maori also do this to the giant moa when burning their forest home.in "The End of Eden", which also makes the species extinct.]]



* MamaBear: Averted with the Genyornis. It is described to be one, until the megalania starts devouring her eggs. She does not dare to interfere.

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* MamaBear: Averted with the mother Genyornis. It She is described to be one, until the megalania starts devouring her eggs. She does not dare to interfere.


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* StockFootage: The prehistoric animals in "The Eternal Frontier" were recycled from Wild New World. Also, "The End of Eden" had recycled clips from Walking with Beasts, Walking with Cavemen, Wild New World, and the other two episodes.


* BearsAreBadNews: Played straight by the short-faced bear in "The Last Frontier". It appears in the introduction sequence, and later when one of the hunters returns to scavenge the dead mammoth. [[spoiler:It completely ignores the presence of a large edible mammoth, laying there just for it, and instead pursues the hunter into the forest to kill him. SuperPersistentPredator indeed.]] The bear's prey drive was triggered by the hunter running away as soon as the animal saw him so it is somewhat justified.

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* BearsAreBadNews: Played straight by the short-faced bear in "The Last Eternal Frontier". It appears in the introduction sequence, and later when one of the hunters returns to scavenge the dead mammoth. [[spoiler:It It completely ignores the presence of a large edible the mammoth, laying there just for it, and instead pursues the hunter into the forest to kill him. SuperPersistentPredator indeed.]] The bear's prey drive was triggered by the hunter running away as soon as the animal saw him so it is somewhat justified. justified.
* CatsAreMean: A saber-toothed cat attacks the early Americans in "The Eternal Frontier".



* PantheraAwesome: Although not thoroughly, the homotherium, or scimitar toothed cat in The Eternal Frontier, is greatly admired, namely in the book, as being capable of eating mammoths. And of course, the saber-toothed cat, although it does not get that much of a role.



* PantheraAwesome: Although not thoroughly, the homotherium, or scimitar toothed cat in The Eternal Frontier, is greatly admired, namely in the book, as being capable of eating mammoths. And of course, the saber-toothed cat, although it does not get that much of a role.


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* SuperPersistentPredator: Played straight with the megalania, short-faced bear, and Haast eagle.


* StockDinosaurs: Although dinosaurs do not appear, the mammoth and saber-toothed cats were a must, apparently.

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* StockDinosaurs: Although dinosaurs do not appear, appear (other than the birds, of course), the mammoth and saber-toothed cats were a must, apparently.


* RogerRabbitEffect: In multiple sequences, live-acted animals appears alongside computer.animated oens, occasionally for goofy results.

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* RogerRabbitEffect: In multiple sequences, live-acted animals appears alongside computer.computer animated oens, occasionally for goofy results.


* MamaBear: Averted with the Genyornis. It is described to be one, until the megalania starts devouring her eggs. She does not dare interfering.

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* MamaBear: Averted with the Genyornis. It is described to be one, until the megalania starts devouring her eggs. She does not dare interfering.to interfere.



* StockDinosaurs: Although dinosaurs does not appear, the mammoth and saber-toothed cats were a must, apparently.

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* StockDinosaurs: Although dinosaurs does do not appear, the mammoth and saber-toothed cats were a must, apparently.


* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The aborigines in "The Burning" eventually resorts to do this to the megalania. It works, and the species go extinct.]]

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* KillItWithFire: [[spoiler:The aborigines in "The Burning" eventually resorts to do this to the megalania. It works, and the species go extinct.goes extinct. The Maori also do this to the giant moa when burning their forest home.]]



* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Played straight in most of "The Burning". The brown snake appears and is described as very deadly, a saltwater crocodile kills one of the aboriginals, and a megalania is the BigBad of the episode. Averted by the frilled lizard and the peretnie though, as well as the tuatara in "The End oF Eden".

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* ReptilesAreAbhorrent: Played straight in most of "The Burning". The brown snake appears and is described as very deadly, a saltwater crocodile kills one of the aboriginals, and a megalania is the BigBad of the episode. Averted by the frilled lizard and the peretnie though, as well as the tuatara in "The End oF of Eden".


* BearsAreBadNews: Played straight by the short-faced bear in "The Last Frontier". It appears in the introduction sequence, and later when one of the hunters returns to scavenge the dead mammoth. [[spoiler:It completely ignores the presence of a large edible mammoth, laying there just for it, and instead pursues the hunter into the forest to kill him. SuperPersistentPredator indeed.]]

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* BearsAreBadNews: Played straight by the short-faced bear in "The Last Frontier". It appears in the introduction sequence, and later when one of the hunters returns to scavenge the dead mammoth. [[spoiler:It completely ignores the presence of a large edible mammoth, laying there just for it, and instead pursues the hunter into the forest to kill him. SuperPersistentPredator indeed.]]]] The bear's prey drive was triggered by the hunter running away as soon as the animal saw him so it is somewhat justified.


* EverythingsWorseWithWolves: Dire wolves appear in "The Eternal Frontier", but only in a minor role, and live.acted by wolves.


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* SavageWolves: Dire wolves appear in "The Eternal Frontier", but only in a minor role, and live.acted by wolves.


* AdaptationExpansion: Although the companion book is not a classical adaptation, rather than dramatizing the events, it goes in detail to explain the science between the animals and people appearing in the program, but does contain many new animal descriptions, and two whole enw continents, Africa and Europe, as well as several islands, such as Madagascar, Hawaii and Easter Island, which were completely ignored in the TV show, save for a less than a minute walkthough of Easter Island in "The End of Eden".

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* AdaptationExpansion: Although the companion book is not a classical adaptation, rather than dramatizing the events, it goes in detail to explain the science between the animals and people appearing in the program, but does contain many new animal descriptions, and two whole enw new continents, Africa and Europe, as well as several islands, such as Madagascar, Hawaii and Easter Island, which were completely ignored in the TV show, save for a less than a minute walkthough of Easter Island in "The End of Eden".

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