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Sandra Jackson

A police officer, and the newest recruit to the team.
  • The Ace: McLennan notes that she isn't an ideal recruit, but is very impressed with her broad set of skills, including a degree in Astrophysics, boxing skills, three years of martial arts and 10 with the police.
  • Butt-Monkey: At times.
  • The Call Knows Where You Live: Initially wants to avoid getting involved with the ADACU, but is ultimately forced to join them.
  • Sixth Ranger

Elsie Jackson

Sandra's daughter.
  • The Beastmaster: Manages to tame Kaisen, a Velociraptor. Downplayed, though, in that he still doesn't completely trust her yet. Word of God implies he would gradually grow to trust her more, had the series continued.
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  • Damsel in Distress: Ends up being dragged by Scarface into the Cretaceous when he steals Sandra's car (It Makes Sense in Context). Fortunately, she's rescued.
  • The Load: Averted: her ability to work with Kaisen makes her a valuable asset for the research team, and fortunately for her, they do recognize that she is a person, not a tool.
  • Spotting the Thread: When Michio and Frank are initially posing as PUD workers, she figures out that they are after the anomaly (or, at least, the dinosaurs) when she notices how much Michio knows about her dinosaur toys, including that her Postosuchus toy is a victim of Science Marches On.

Michio Tsuburaya

The team's expert on prehistoric life.
  • Admiring the Abomination: Tends to find the animals the team goes after very beautiful and/or impressive.... and terrifying as hell.
  • Asian and Nerdy: While he doesn't look the part, he is the team's expert on the creatures they're facing and is Japanese.
  • Cowardly Lion: Panics at the thought of being near a Therizinosaurus when he realizes it might maul him for his blood (It Makes Sense in Context), but is the one who tries to tranquilize Scarface, remains calm whle doing so, and only fails because one of his men loses his nerve.
  • Expy: Of Connor Temple from the original series.


The team's tech expert.
  • Boring, but Practical: Prefers this approach when dealing with animals, preferring tried and true methods as opposed to expensive, cutting-edge technology.
    • Deconstructed Trope: Said tried and true technology was meant for usage on modern animals, so when they try using it on Scarface, it fails spectacularly.
      • Also, she is willing to use cutting-edge technology if it would be more efficient for a given task than a simpler solution.
  • Gadgeteer Genius: Designs most of the team's equipment.

Warren Preston

Head of field operations. Everyone fears him.
  • Bad Boss: Kills Jeremy so that his falling body will distract the Xenosmilus, ensuring that it won't kill Rachel and Michio.
  • Blue-and-Orange Morality: Per Word of God, he's similar to a sociopath, but it goes deeper than that: he will do whatever he thinks will get the job done efficiently, everything else be damned.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Has an absolutely bizarre set of morals, but is still very valuable to the team. Doesn't mean he won't sacrifice his men if he thinks it will help others.
  • Establishing Character Moment: The first time he's seen, during his talk with McLennan, he casually talks about the death of a civilian, comes up with a rather crazy excuse for it to satisfy the authorities, and is dismissive of the search team's odds of finding their target before it finds them, telling us that this is a man who is rather sociopathic and clearly lacks empathy.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While he isn't necessarily evil, it's made clear that he isn't just a Jerkass either. That being said, he still genuinely loves his wife, Wendy.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: The ending of The Phantom of the Opera heavily implies he isn't fully human. Considering his Healing Factor, this isn't surprising.
    • Word of God has outright confirmed this. However, it isn't just one species he's been hybridized with...
  • Healing Factor: Can regenerate any part of his body, even an entire arm. This hints that he isn't entirely human...
  • Lack of Empathy: Can talk about deaths like he was talking about a bad hand of cards, even if he knew the people who died and was good friends with them.
  • The Reveal: The Phantom of the Opera reveals that his eyes are actually very fishlike and that he wears contacts to hide this. Given his aforementioned healing factor, it's likely he isn't completely human.
    • Furthermore, while his origins have never been mentioned by the author, it's very likely he's from the future, given the series' focus on time travel.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Connections!: Is able to get away with a ton of crap, including killing one of his own men, because he's friends with McLennan.
  • The Sociopath: Word of God describes him as either being one or having a disorder similar to it. And boy, does it show.


A Velociraptor.


A Tarobsaurus.
  • Big Eater: Has to be fed two and a half ostriches a day. The team just simplifies this to five ostriches every two days.
  • Feathered Fiend
  • Immune to Bullets: Well, plastic bullets. Real ones still hurt.
  • It Can Think: Regularly tries attacking people even when he can't reach them. Why? Because it scares them, and he knows that...
  • Prehistoric Monster: Subverted: while he has his moments, we also get to see him act naturally in his debut episode (where he does a display for several female Tarbosaurus). Pity the bazooka guy had to go and ruin it.....
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Tarbosaurus is usually ignored in favor of its more popular relative Tyrannosaurus.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: He's a close cousin of it.

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