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  • One can imagine that with a population of massive herbivores, lots of hatchlings being born, and no more predators to control their numbers, things are going to get ''extremely'' ugly very soon for the surviving dinosaurs.
  • Which is one of the reasons why a popular theory is that this movie effectively takes place during the end (of the Jurassic Period, that is. The beginning of the Cretaceous probably wasn't any fun for anyone.)
    • Word of God says it's Late Cretaceous. The ending is based on the theory that some dinosaur species managed to survive the huge die-off and into the Tertiary Age for a few 10,000 years.
    • This would still mean they would die off eventually. Even worse for the species in the herd who clearly were the last of their kind...
      • "Eventually" will come sooner than they think, unless they found a way to force multiple, massive herbivores with LOTS of babies to preserve the food supply. Because they just made sure nature's way of keeping green, growing things around is gone.
      • Why does everyone assume that these are the very last dinosaurs in the world? There may very well be many others in other parts of the world, away from the meteorite strike. We spend the whole movie following a specific group of dinosaurs, so how would we know they're the only ones?
      • The dinosaurs' extinction is a Foregone Conclusion anyway, though, since...well, you know. The point of the happy ending is that they didn't get brutally killed and eaten by the carnotaurs, not that they or their (distant) descendants won't ever go gently into the night and die out anyway, any more than the eventual death of any other character by old age negates the happy ending of their own story. Cinderella and Prince Charming will die someday, but that doesn't mean they didn't live happily ever after 'til the end of their days.
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    • From the dialogue between Kron and Bruton, we can tell that the herd makes the migration across the desert fairly regularly. Those two have done it dozens of times at least. Maybe they do it every year. So they migrate to the Nesting Grounds to lay and hatch their eggs in a well-protected valley, then they leave, traveling back across the desert to a place with enough food to sustain them until they are ready to breed again. Lots of modern-day animals do this.
  • Why the hell did everyone forget the Pteranodon? I mean, it didn't speak and it was kind of brief its appearence, but still it was flying around in the most glorious moment of the movie. Plus without it the story would not have happened anyway.
    • Possibly the most epic instance of a Big-Lipped Alligator Moment that has ever occurred.
      • It doesn't seem an example of this... it seems more like an Applied Phlebotinum (because it causes the beginning of the story)...
      • In the video game adaptations, the Pteranodon (named Flia) was not simply trying to take the egg back to her nest to feed to her chicks, she actually tried to hatch Aladar, and joined their quest to find the Nesting Grounds as one of the three playable characters (along with Aladar and Zini).
      • And for the record, she is awesome.
  • How exactly did Bruton use the plant Plio gave him? Even if he was able to reach his wounds with those arms, he doesn't exactly have opposable thumbs...
    • Iguanodon had an opposable pinky finger, weird by our standards yes...
      • Im thinking he didn´t reach his wounds with his hands; he probably chewed on the plant and licked his wounds.
  • Kron might be a Jerkass with shades of a Bad Boss , but he suspected that there was water that had collected SOMEWHERE around the dried lakebed, although he didn't think it was beneath the herd's very feet. So why did it never occur to him to climb over the massive pile of rocks that was blocking the usual way into the Nesting Grounds himself to ensure that there was a safe way down before the entire herd tried to do it the very next day? Or, at the very least, send someone else to do it?
    • It wasn't Kron who suspected the water collected somewhere else, it was his lieutenant Bruton who said so. Kron just responded to Bruton's idea by ordering him and a scout to check the perimeter. As to why he didn't scout the rock wall, he only seems to trust two people besides himself, Bruton and Neera. Bruton is missing (and, unbeknownst to Kron, dead) while he's implied to care for Neera and is unlikely to risk her safety. As to why he didn't go himself, maybe it never occurred to him.
  • Does nobody else think it’s strange that Aladar calls his adoptive mother and grandfather by their actual names? Plus isn’t Zini also Yar’s son? If I remember correctly, there were also a couple of times that Zini called Yar by his name, which is even stranger since he is Yar’s biological son.
  • I know since this is a movie it’s probably not meant to be taken seriously, but how do the dinosaurs know the scientific name of Carnotaurus? Its name was given by humans many years later, yet the characters refer to them as “Carnotaurs”.
    • Translation Convention; they're calling them and every other species whatever grunts, calls, or bellows in "iguanodonese" translate to "Carnotaurus," etc., but it's "dubbed" into English for the sake of the viewers. In a more meta-sense, it might be to reinforce that these are supposed to be real animals as opposed to assuming that the average viewer, even dedicated dinosaur fans, can identify all the species in the film—at the time the film was released, Carnotaurus was still relatively obscure. (In fact, it was chosen because it was obscure—the villains were, predictably, originally going to be Tyrannosaurus; this is why the carnotaurs are oversized.)

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