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Prehistoric Earth is a fanfiction by Drew Luczynski and Nathanoraptor, which serves as a crossover between the Prehistoric Park and Walking with Dinosaurs franchises.

The basic premise is simple: Zoologist and adventurer Drew travels back in time to bring back various creatures from prehistoric eras, whom he and his team then place in the titular park. But mostly it's about lonely nobodies hanging around and pretending they have friends. While episodic in nature, the story does have an overarching plot, as the issues of many animals took several episodes to resolve. And several personal issues and arcs that several major characters had to deal with also took multiple episodes to be resolved.

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Although the story is written as if it tells the story of a real park, it contains many obviously sci-fi inspired elements, such as the mysterious time portal, the workings of which are never explained.


The work provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Alice and Collete.
  • Always a Bigger Fish:
    • The huge eurypterid Pterygotus killing the alleged Big Bad of the episode, Brontoscorpio. Nikolai even exploits this in the final act of "The First Steps"; releasing the female Pterygotus into the Brontoscorpio tank to scare them off.
    • Later played for drama in "Life in Transition" when Drew becomes aware of a Dunkleosteus's presence after he sees it chomp on and kill a shark before turning its attention towards him.
  • Arc Words:
    • "Life finds a way" for Phase One.
    • "Change is the natural course of life" and "Extinction doesn't have to be forever".
  • Artistic License – Paleontology: Any examples present in the parents series' are present here.
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  • Badass Bookworm: Drew is a zoologist by trade, but proves his badass credentials when dealing with some very dangerous prehistoric animals.
  • Badass Creed: "No species left behind."
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The main creatures in the first half of Phase One; the largest being Hepetet. But unlike most examples of the trope, these ones manage to win the sympathy of the Park workers, simply because it was just that big that it lost its creepy factor.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Thanks to Nikolai, a large female pterygotus is released into a holding pen full of brontoscorpio (its natural prey) just in time to allow Leon and Mia to safely escape from them (and rescue Yolanda in the process).
  • Butt-Monkey: Kyle gets a lot of grief.
  • Canon Discontinuity: Both Nathanoraptor and Drew Luczynski have made it quite clear (in response to a reviewer no less) that they have zero intention of letting the story have anything to do with the infamous 2013 Walking with Dinosaurs movie.
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  • Carnivore Confusion: Averted, as this being a zoo, even the most ferocious carnivores are taken care of.
  • Cool Gate: The time portal.
  • Cowardly Lion: Leon.
  • Compressed Adaptation: For most of the Mesozoic missions, as they cover events that took place over a few months or years but, in this story, only take place over a few days at most.
  • Crazy Enough to Work: Easily applicable to a large number of Jack's plans (at least the ones that work anyway).
    • The same can be said of Khatin's ultimate plan for helping Squishy fully recover.
  • Double-Meaning Title: "The First Steps" both refers to the creatures of the story being the first creatures to go onto land and the first steps towards Leon taking a level in badass.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Nikolai's time in the Spetsnaz (and that's ALL he'd like you to know).
    • Leon also was bullied in school for being an autistic before he met and befriended Drew and Adrian. This plays a key role in why he snaps at Jack in "Life in Transition."
  • Death by Adaptation: The resident mother Dimetrodon ends up succumbing to her injuries from fighting the challenger for her nesting site in The New Rulers.
    • Adaptation Induced Plothole: It's never elaborated on why the other female didn't take the opportunity once the resident mother died to just eat her rival's eggs before the team moves to save them.
  • Deuteragonist: So far, Leon. Jack serves as the Tritagonist.
  • Didn't See That Coming: NO ONE (not even Leon and Theodore) was at all expecting to find a large species of extinct spider within the Carboniferous period.
  • Enemy Mine:
    • To put it simply, several staff members consider themselves to have a common enemy in Collete.
    • This trope is further discussed later when Kyle and Nikolai agree that it's best to hope that no one is ever stupid enough to make enemies out of both Collete AND Leon strictly because of what sort of horror they could achieve if they were to unite together against someone.
  • Eureka Moment: While trying to help Cynthia come up with a new way to feed the carnivores, Jack starts musing about Drew's increasing Control Freak tendencies. He starts thinking Drew would put every one of the park's systems under his personal remote control if he could... and then thinks of the solution: a very durable remote-controlled car the size of a moped.
  • Everyone Loves Blondes: Leon and Jack certainly do; and perhaps so does Drew.
  • Expy: Several expies.
    • Drew himself is basically a younger time traveling version of Steve Irwin.
    • Whilst Linda Eberhart may seem like an expy of Kelly Foster, Nathanoraptor has clarified that he has never seen the film and the similarities were unintentional.
    • Furthermore, Kyle Taymor is basically John Luther as a head zookeeper instead of a police captain.
  • Fluffy the Terrible: One of the park's Anomalocaris is given the terrifying name of . . . Squishy. Word of God states that this was deliberate in order to show his Badass Decay after being seriously injured.
  • Giant Spider: The mesothelae from Walking With Monsters. As no such animal is known from the fossil record (in the show, it was based on the sea scorpion Megarachne, which was once believed to be a spider), it's treated as an undiscovered species in-universe.
  • Godzilla Threshold: More than once.
  • Hospital Hottie: Head vet Linda is quite attractive.
  • Hypothetical Casting: Nathanoraptor has commented that he sees Scarlett Johansson as Linda Eberhart, Idris Elba as Kyle Taymor and Daisy Ridley as Alice Denham. He's also quite partial to the idea of Ivana Baquero as Collete and Nicola Peltz as Yolanda. He has also found appeal in the idea of casting Tom Holland as Leon Gilbertson and Tim Roth as Nikolai. He even managed to later agree to casting Charlie Heaton as Drew, Harry Shum Jr. as Adrian, and Wil Traval as Khatin.
  • I Need a Freaking Drink: Kyle's response after the arrival of the Pterygotus.
  • Infant Immortality:
    • Thoroughly averted in the case of the baby cynodonts.
    • Graphically averted in the clearing scene in "All Great and Precious Things", in which many, many baby Diplodocus die.
  • In Spite of a Nail: Ultimately, the team is unable to do anything to stop the deaths of the baby cynodonts. This was probably for convenience, as it would be rather difficult to get the cynodonts to leave the burrow while their babies were still inside, and even harder to remove them.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: The very creature that nearly killed Drew as a result of Leon and Jack's childishness and ill-timed confrontation is the creature that they end up having to deal with personally as punishment the very next mission.
  • The Magic Goes Away: The whole point of the series is to rectify that.
  • Meanwhile, in the Future...: The format of the episodes. While Drew and his companions are millions of years in the past trying to catch a prehistoric creature, the park crews in the present are trying to put together suitable habitats for the creatures they have captured, and dealing with other issues to pop up.
  • Misplaced Wildlife: During Degrees Of Greatness, Drew and Adrian encounter a pair of Liliensternus, a strictly European genus, in Arizona. They note how far the dinosaurs are from home and assumed they are migrants.
    • Similar justification is given when had earlier encountered a flock of Peteinosaurus (a genus only known from Italy).
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The team has to make a Stegosaurus prop when one of the males starts acting aggressive due to hormones. The original series had Bob doing something similar when Theo hit puberty.
    • Lightning and Thunder are named after chacters from the Wonderbook game, though they aren't related in this story.
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: The deinosuchus is amongst the animals rescued for the park. And the ones that get rescued naturally prove quite a handful to deal with over the course of their capture.
  • Oh, Crap!: With all the dangerous events and unexpected surprises that unfold, this happens quite often.
    • To name a specific example, Alice's reaction when she realizes she's alone with a Cymbospondylus in Degrees of Greatness.
  • Opposites Attract: All three major pairings of Prehistoric Earth showcase this.
    • Leon is a solitary nerd; Yolanda is an outgoing social butterfly.
    • Jack is an outgoing and carefree jokester; Collete is a guarded and tough girl who can be rather difficult to get to know.
    • Drew is very serious and no-nonsense; Cynthia is a happy go lucky and carefree Maverick who more often than not leaps before she looks.
  • Poor Communication Kills: Played with. During Alien Empire, the book Mia gives to Jack and Leon for the sake of helping them with their duties with the dunkleosteus turns out to be in French instead of English. They hurriedly try their best to find some way to translate it, but in the end, are forced to make do. While they could have tried to find Mia or asked Collete for help, they're not doing so is justified in that they were in a hurry, Mia was busy, and Leon may not necessarily have been all that keen on asking Collete for help anyway.
  • Precision F-Strike: A couple times.
  • Prehistoric Monster: Averted, though many large predators do appear to be quite nasty. The scorpion-like animals are also given quite sinister descriptions.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • Generally, injured animals do not heal instantaneously - Cirrus and Keehar both spend weeks in the veterinary station recovering from the injuries they sustained.
    • Sharptooth is an incredibly powerful, ferocious predator... however, he's not invincible. By the end of "A Nightmare Labrynthine", due to his advanced age and having been in several fights in a few hours, he's worn out from exhaustion, alllowing the younger, fitter Zira to get the advantage in their fight.
    • Sharptooth is a dangerous opponent not just because of his prodigious power... he's dangerous because of his intelligence and versatility in combat. He's able to adapt his fighting strategies for different opponents.
      • Conversely, the one time he faces an opponent he can't adapt his combat style to fight (Lightning), he's on the defensive for pretty much the entire confrontation.
    • A lot of Phase Three revolves around Drew dealing with the PTSD he has sustained from being trapped in the Cretaceous; the very real thought of being permanently stranded in the past or dying in the K-T event severely taxed him mentally. It shows that the average, undisciplined civilian probably won't come out of a life-or-death situation completely unscathed.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Leon and Jack give each other one during their time together in 'Life in Transition'. The one Jack gives to Leon is particularly scathing and mean spirited.
  • Scary Scorpions: Whilst technically averted, it is important to note that, of all the creatures in the series, it's the various sea scorpion species that receive the most sinister descriptions.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: Invoked by Alice after a close encounter with a Hyneria in "Life in Transition." Adrian, knowing that the fish qualifies for Drew's 'no species left behind' policy, vetoes this idea.
  • Seldom-Seen Species: Haikouichthys, Anomalocaris (which is rarely seen outside non-educational media), Astrapsis, Megalograptus, Isotelus, Cephalaspis, Brontoscorpio, Pterygotus (same case as Anomalocaris) and Cameroceras. And these are just in the earliest missions.
  • Savvy Guy, Energetic Girl: The ship tease between Leon and Yolanda showcases this in droves.
  • Shout-Out:
    • "The First Steps" is named after the first album by the band Faces.
    • "Life In Transition" is named after a 2005 documentary film short exploring the concept of surrealism.
  • Shown Their Work: While the series is mostly faithful to the original Walking with Dinosaurs and its sequels, several instances of Science Marches On have been corrected.
    • The Postosuchus, for example, is portrayed as being both bipedal and quadrupedal, as opposed to just being able to walk on four legs.
    • All of the theropods are given feathers; even the ones.
    • This one is speculative, but the therapsids all have a thin coat of fur on their backs.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man:
    • Yolanda is initially attracted to Leon by his quirkiness and knowledge. It isn't until she gets to truly know him, see him let down his walls around her, and be exposed to all his other good traits hidden behind them that this attraction turns into love.
    • Collete gradually falls for Jack as a result of his charm, sense of humor, and the fact that he's one of the only staff members who isn't turned off and repulsed by her behavior and attitude.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: The adult female Postosuchus, as Drew and Adrian scared off the Coelophysis and Liliensternus trying to eat her.
    • Eventually extended to the male Ornithocheirus, male Liopleurodon, and the juvenile Argentinosaurus.
    • This would apply to Thunder, but his character is so different from the one in the wonderbook that it doesn't really count.
    • Subverted, however, with the baby cynodonts.
  • Spiders Are Scary: Don't get Leon wrong, he likes all animals in general. But even so, he's not ashamed to admit that he's more than a little unnerved around spiders.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Becomes a major point of drama for Drew in regards to rising hostility between Leon and Jack in "Life in Transition." This puts Drew's life in danger in that mission's finale, in which Jack and Leon are too busy arguing to pay attention to the radar, causing him to be attacked by a Dunkleosteus.
  • Time Travel: Made possible through a unique time portal technology.
  • Tonka Tough: The remote-control car used to feed the carnivores is built for durability. Made of Teflon, it's crush-proof, fireproof, bite-proof, and even bulletproof.
  • Tyrannosaurus rex: The king of the dinosaurs itself is the main target animal for the mission in 'A Continent Of Blight'. Three adults are rescued alongside three younger individuals.
  • World of Snark: The PE crew all snark prodigiously.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Happens multiple times over the course of the series.

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