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** There's also a fairly explicit rebuke of the novel's ending with the escaped pteranodon. In the book, Roxton cheerfully suggests that, [[DumbDinos unsuited as it is to long-distance flight]], it will probably die before it gets as far as Dover (and [[PrehistoricMonster rightfully so!]]). The series shows it flying all the way back to the plateau.

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** There's also a fairly explicit rebuke of the novel's ending with the escaped pteranodon. pteranodon the party take back to London with them, which then escapes and tries to fly home. In the book, Roxton cheerfully suggests that, [[DumbDinos unsuited as it is to long-distance flight]], it will probably die before it gets as far as Dover (and [[PrehistoricMonster rightfully so!]]). The series series' final scene shows it flying all the way back to the plateau.

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* RefugeInAudacity: When [[spoiler:claiming that the plateau doesn't exist, Malone passes off the material he's submitted about the plateau so far as extracts from a novel he's writing]].


* AdaptedOut: Mrs. Challenger. This version of Challenger is explicitly unmarried (and somewhat lonely), in contrast to his HappilyMarried status in the book.

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* AdaptedOut: Mrs. Challenger. This version of Challenger is explicitly unmarried (and somewhat lonely), in contrast to his HappilyMarried status AwfulWeddedLife in the book.

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* AdaptationalWimp: Downplayed in the case of Challenger, who in the book is a large, muscular man, which Bob Hoskins is decidedly not. But his temper and bravery remain mostly the same.


* AdaptedOut: Mrs. Challenger. This version of Challenger is explicitly unmarried (and somewhat lonely), in contrast to his AwfulWeddedLife in the book.

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* AdaptedOut: Mrs. Challenger. This version of Challenger is explicitly unmarried (and somewhat lonely), in contrast to his AwfulWeddedLife HappilyMarried status in the book.


* ScienceMarchesOn: InUniverse. In an early scene, Prof. Summerlee shows an early illustration of an ''Iguanodon'' as a quadruped, and comments that, although previously thought to be quadrupedal, it is now known to have walked on two legs, "somewhat in the manner of a kangaroo". Later on, when we actually see an ''Iguanodon'', it's back on all fours, as palaeontologists now believe them to have been after all.

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* ScienceMarchesOn: InUniverse. In an early scene, Prof. Summerlee shows an early illustration of an ''Iguanodon'' as a quadruped, and comments that, although previously thought to be quadrupedal, it is now known to have walked on two legs, "somewhat in the manner of a kangaroo". Later on, when we actually see an ''Iguanodon'', it's back on all fours, as palaeontologists now believe them it turns out to have been after all.be a facultative biped (meaning it can switch between two and four legs, which happens to be the current scientific consensus).

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* AnachronismStew: The plateau is home to Jurassic and Cretaceous dinosaurs, as well as at least two species of otherwise-extinct mammal (the ape-men, and some kind of ''Entelodont'') and an entire tribe of human beings. One scene has Challenger marveling at the "unique balance" that allows all of these species - which must have arrived on the plateau millennia apart - to coexist.


* PteroSaurer: The first - and last - extinct animal we see is a pteranodon. A colony of them attack our heroes in one scene, although they seem mostly to be concerned about protecting their eggs.

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* PteroSaurer: PteroSoarer: The first - and last - extinct animal we see is a pteranodon. A colony of them attack our heroes in one scene, although they seem mostly to be concerned about protecting their eggs.

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* DinosaursAreDragons: Challenger, as evidence of the validity of his theory about LivingDinosaurs, mentions that the sole survivor of a previous expedition to the Plateau was "raving about dragons" upon his return


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* GentleGiantSauropod: The diplodocus on the plateau seem pretty chill, and Challenger is able to get very close to one of them in one scene


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** HandsomeHeroicCaveman: Her brother, Achille. Though he's a bit of a {{foil}} to the heroes and is the most outwardly suspicious of them throughout the story, he's still clearly a good dude


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* PteroSaurer: The first - and last - extinct animal we see is a pteranodon. A colony of them attack our heroes in one scene, although they seem mostly to be concerned about protecting their eggs.


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* SocialOrnithopod: The first dinosaur the group see is an Iguanodon, who is portrayed as a very amiable GentleGiant (we see a full herd of them later on). In the very next scene, a curious Hypsolophodon befriends Malone.


** There's also a fairly explicit rebuke of the novel's ending with the escaped pteranodon. In the book, Roxton cheerfully suggests that, unadapted as it is to long-distance flight, it will probably die before it gets as far as Dover (and [[PrehistoricMonster rightfully so!]]). The series shows it flying all the way back to the plateau.

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** There's also a fairly explicit rebuke of the novel's ending with the escaped pteranodon. In the book, Roxton cheerfully suggests that, unadapted [[DumbDinos unsuited as it is to long-distance flight, flight]], it will probably die before it gets as far as Dover (and [[PrehistoricMonster rightfully so!]]). The series shows it flying all the way back to the plateau.plateau.
* AdaptedOut: Mrs. Challenger. This version of Challenger is explicitly unmarried (and somewhat lonely), in contrast to his AwfulWeddedLife in the book.



* CargoCult: The reverence that the Plateau natives hold for Padre Mendoz, the Portuguese missionary who converted them to Christianity, borders on this. When Challenger arrives - apparently bearing a great resemblence to Mendoz - they become convinced that he ''is'' the missionary, returned to them at last.



* CloudCuckoolander: Prof. Challenger likes "to keep an open mind", accepting the possible existence of {{Atlantis}} and discussing a number of not-especially-credible theories about pre-Columbian contact between the Old World and the New. [[note]] To be sure, there ''were'' successful trans-Atlantic voyages before Columbus, but probably not in the way Challenger describes, and his suggestion that there may have been some shared cultural lineage between UsefulNotes/AncientEgypt and the civilizations of South America is pure nonsense.[[/note]]
-->'''Challenger''': There's a dialect spoken in Honduras that sounds very much like Welsh.\\
'''Summerlee''': Really? [[DeadpanSnarker I know a kind of English that sounds very much like gibberish.]]
** TheCuckoolanderWasRight: Of course, the Plateau ''does'' exist. Challenger is also occasionally shown to be more in line with modern values than most of the rest of the cast: see InsufferableGenius and StayInTheKitchen below.



* DumbDinos: Discussed by Prof. Summerlee at the beginning as the [[ScienceMarchesOn most likely reason]] why the dinosaurs went extinct. Note that this series is set before the popularization of the [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cretaceous%E2%80%93Paleogene_extinction_event#Chicxulub_impact Chicxulub impact]] theory.



* FrazettaMan: The ape-men, which Challenger speculates to be some manner of ''dryopithecus'' or ''pithecanthropus''. These are in contrast with the fully-human natives of the Plateau.



* HappilyMarried: Prof. and Mrs. Summerlee. Challenger, a bachelor, confesses to Summerlee that he envies his stable family life. This is in contrast to the book, where Challenger was married, and [[AwfulWeddedLife miserable]].



* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: An ''Allosaurus'' falling into a deep, spiky trap at the beginning of Episode 2.

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* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: An ''Allosaurus'' falling into a deep, spiky trap at the beginning of Episode 2. This is the first evidence we see that there are humans on the plateau. Another allosaur is speared through the upper jaw later in the film.
* InsufferableGenius \ JerkassHasAPoint: Summerlee is easily goaded into a debate with Kerr over the age of the Earth, and, by proxy, the validity of science over a literal reading of the Bible. Although he's frequently used as a mouthpiece for [[ScienceMarchesOn long-discredited ideas]], in this scene, the scientific facts are completely on Summerlee's side... but he doesn't need to be a dick about it, especially not to his host. Challenger later upbraids him for his lack of "humility".
-->'''Challenger''': I don't know if there is a God. But I do know that man is no substitute if there isn't.



-->I was a potential source of protein!



* LostWorld: The high altitude and physical isolation of the plateau is the justification for why all kinds of weird things survive there.

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* LostWorld: The high altitude and physical isolation of the plateau is the justification for why all kinds of weird things survive there. Challenger briefly talks about how weird it is that dinosaurs ''and'' more recent life forms like the ape-men and the natives are all able to coexist (though not always peacefully) up here.



* MisplacedWildlife: Invoked as a minor RunningGag, with Edward repeatedly correcting people on this ("But there ''are'' no elephants in Brazil!"), and then being told not to be so pedantic.

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* MisplacedWildlife: Invoked as a minor RunningGag, with Edward repeatedly correcting people on this ("But there ''are'' no elephants in Brazil!"), and then being told not to be so pedantic.Brazil!").



* PalatePropping: This is done to a rampaging ''Allosaurus''. It only incommodes it for a few moments, though, before it snaps the piece of wood between its jaws.

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* PalatePropping: This is done to a rampaging ''Allosaurus''. It only incommodes inconveniences it for a few moments, though, before it snaps the piece of wood between its jaws.



-->'''Agnes''': Oh, piranha aren't dangerous. That's a myth. It's [[SinisterSnake the snakes]] you have to watch.

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-->'''Agnes''': Oh, piranha aren't dangerous. That's a myth. It's [[SinisterSnake [[SnakesAreSinister the snakes]] you have to watch.



* ScienceMarchesOn: InUniverse. In an early scene, Prof. Summerlee shows an early illustration of an ''Iguanodon'' as a quadruped, and comments that it is now known to have walked on two legs, "somewhat in the manner of a kangaroo". Later on, when we actually see an ''Iguanodon'', it's back on all fours, as palaeontologists now believe them to have been after all.

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* ScienceMarchesOn: InUniverse. In an early scene, Prof. Summerlee shows an early illustration of an ''Iguanodon'' as a quadruped, and comments that that, although previously thought to be quadrupedal, it is now known to have walked on two legs, "somewhat in the manner of a kangaroo". Later on, when we actually see an ''Iguanodon'', it's back on all fours, as palaeontologists now believe them to have been after all.


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-->'''Challenger''': One bite from one of those coral snakes, you'll be dead in seconds.\\
'''Summerlee''': Not necessarily. A young man in good health might live up to a minute!


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-->'''Challenger''': She'd be less of a liability than Mr. Malone here!
* UrineTrouble: To get back at him for an insensitive comment he had made earlier, Agnes tricks Edward into thinking that he can repel the biting insects of the jungle by rubbing his skin with his own urine. It doesn't go well for him. Later, he gets smeared with ape-man poo, which ''does'' repel an allosaurus.


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* YouShallNotPass: When things go sour with the Plateau natives, a gravely-wounded Roxton holds them off while the others escape. This works because the natives really ''like'' Roxton, and don't want to kill him, and he's able to face them down without any further bloodshed. [[spoiler: He's later seen to have healed from his wounds and [[IChooseToStay living happily among them]], married to Maree.]]
-->I'm sorry, old chap. You have to let them go.


* AndTheAdventureContinues: The last episode ends with Challenger announcing that he's found a clue to the location of {{Atlantis}} and asking for volunteers for his next expedition.

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** There's also a fairly explicit rebuke of the novel's ending with the escaped pteranodon. In the book, Roxton cheerfully suggests that, unadapted as it is to long-distance flight, it will probably die before it gets as far as Dover (and [[PrehistoricMonster rightfully so!]]). The series shows it flying all the way back to the plateau.
* AndTheAdventureContinues: The last episode series ends with Challenger announcing that he's found a clue to the location of {{Atlantis}} and asking for volunteers for his next expedition.



* TheCameo: In a way, the Diplodocus and Entelodont, as their CGI models seem to be re-used from Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs and Series/WalkingWithBeasts respectively.

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* TheCameo: In a way, the Diplodocus and Entelodont, as their CGI models seem to be re-used from Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs ''Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs'' and Series/WalkingWithBeasts respectively.''Series/WalkingWithBeasts'' respectively.
* CannibalTribe: Prof. Challenger blithely points one out in an early scene of the party travelling up the Amazon. They seem content to leave our heroes alone.



* {{Expy}}: Reverend Theo Kerr fills the role of the treacherous Gomez and his niece Agnes fills the role of Enid Challenger, who did not appear until "The Land of Mist", as Ned's love interest.

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* {{Expy}}: Reverend Theo Kerr fills the role of the treacherous Gomez and his niece Agnes fills the role of Enid Challenger, who did not appear until "The Land of Mist", as Ned's love interest. The book also gives the party a large, slow-witted black man named Zambo who speaks in YouNoTakeCandle to carry their bags; the series wisely replaces him with a toned-down native South American man named Samuel, though even his role is pretty minimal.



* GreatWhiteHunter: Lord John Roxton.

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* GreatWhiteHunter: Lord John Roxton. In a twist on this trope, he actually seems to have the best understanding of the plateau's natives and how vital it is not to try to force English values on them. Likewise, the natives admire his hunting skills.



-->'''Gladys''': Pedantry is not a virtue, Edward.
* NubileSavage: Maree, TheChiefsDaughter



* PiranhaProblem. Defied.
-->'''Agnes''': Oh, piranha aren't dangerous. That's a myth. It's [[SinisterSnake the snakes]] you have to watch.



** Roxton gets a romance with one of the women of the native tribe that has made its home on the plateau. (In the book, none of the tribe members are individual characters.)

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** Roxton gets a romance with one of the women of the native tribe that has made its home on the plateau. (In In the book, none of the tribe members are individual characters.)


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* ScienceMarchesOn: InUniverse. In an early scene, Prof. Summerlee shows an early illustration of an ''Iguanodon'' as a quadruped, and comments that it is now known to have walked on two legs, "somewhat in the manner of a kangaroo". Later on, when we actually see an ''Iguanodon'', it's back on all fours, as palaeontologists now believe them to have been after all.
* ShoutOut: When they return to England, Edward's boss - a diminutive, white-haired Scotsman - says that [[Film/JurassicPark "no expense will be spared"]] in capitalizing on the discovery of the plateau.
* SnakesAreSinister: In an early scene before they even reach the plateau, Edward is menaced by venomous coral snakes.
* StayInTheKitchen: Discussed when Agnes first offers to accompany the expedition. This being 1911, Roxton, Summerlee, and Malone all initially object, though she quickly proves that she can pull her own weight, and never needs rescuing.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A borderline example. It's never officially confirmed what was in Edward's bag that attracted the snakes, but on a rewatch, you'll figure out that [[spoiler: Reverend Kerr had the opportunity and the motive to slip something in there.]]


* GenreSavvy: The ape men know enough about their home to [[spoiler:successfully call allosaurs to the village and avoid casualties to themselves by keeping still and masking their scent with dung]].

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* AdaptationalAlternateEnding: [[spoiler:Challenger successfully convinces the press that the prehistoric plateau is real before changing his mind when he realises how much damage mankind could do to it.]]


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* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: [[spoiler:The Ape Men respond to Malone untying them by masking his scent to protect him from an approaching allosaurus]].


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* TheCameo: In a way, the Diplodocus and Entelodont, as their CGI models seem to be re-used from Series/WalkingWithDinosaurs and Series/WalkingWithBeasts respectively.
* CanonForeigner: Reverend Theo Kerr and Agnes Clooney. [[spoiler:Kerr strands the others in the plateau, taking Gomez's role from the novel.]]
* ChekhovsGun:
** At the beginning of the expedition, Roxton brags that his rifle can take down an elephant and Malone points out that there are no elephants in Brazil. [[spoiler:The elephant gun ends up finishing off the two allosaurs that attack the village]].
** Roxton and Maree's hunting method.
** When a pterosaur steals their dinner, Kerr is convinced that it was simply a large vulture. [[spoiler:Malone uses the same lie to keep the plateau a secret.]]


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* FirstNameBasis: Challenger calls Professor Summerlee "Leo" at the initial lecture, but the two stick to "Professor Challenger" and "Professor Summerlee" for the journey to the plateau. Once they are in the plateau and face mortal danger numerous times, they wind up using "George" and "Leo".
* GenreSavvy: The ape men know enough about their home to [[spoiler:successfully call allosaurs to the village and avoid casualties to themselves by keeping still and masking their scent with dung]].


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* ItCanThink: The ape men are initially seen as mindless, violent cannibals, but are later seen mourning their dead with a burial (with flowers, no less). Challenger is fascinated by this, despite their earlier attempt to eat him.


* Expy: Reverend Theo Kerr fills the role of the treacherous Gomez and his niece Agnes fills the role of Enid Challenger, who did not appear until "The Land of Mist", as Ned's love interest.

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* Expy: {{Expy}}: Reverend Theo Kerr fills the role of the treacherous Gomez and his niece Agnes fills the role of Enid Challenger, who did not appear until "The Land of Mist", as Ned's love interest.


* CanonForeigner: Agnes and her uncle have no counterparts in the novel.

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* CanonForeigner: Expy: Reverend Theo Kerr fills the role of the treacherous Gomez and his niece Agnes and her uncle have no counterparts in fills the novel.role of Enid Challenger, who did not appear until "The Land of Mist", as Ned's love interest.

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