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Basic Trope: The Theme Park Version of prehistory.

  • Straight: Cavemen, dinosaurs, and various prehistoric beasts all live together at the same time.
  • Exaggerated: The cavemen are all Dumb Muscle who talk in Hulk Speak. Every cavewoman is a Nubile Savage who wears a Fur Bikini and looks like she just walked out of a modern-day hair salon. The dinosaurs are all Slurpasaurs.
  • Downplayed: There are no dinosaurs, but the cavemen still follow the old Hollywood stereotype.
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  • Justified: Someone used Time Travel to bring dinosaurs forward in time to the Stone Age.
  • Inverted: Instead of dinosaurs, cavemen live alongside anachronisms from the Present Day.
  • Subverted: It turns out that this is not the past, but a future that comes about After the End.
  • Double Subverted: Except it's still our past. The civilization that fell is a previously unknown civilization that existed long before ours.
  • Parodied: In addition to dinosaurs, the cavemen encounter humorous anachronisms from various time periods.
  • Zig Zagged: It's never clear where or when this "prehistoric" setting really is.
  • Averted: The Stone Age is portrayed accurately.
  • Enforced: The Meddling Executives insisted that the caveman movie had to include dinosaurs because Everything's Better with Dinosaurs.
  • Lampshaded: "I thought dinosaurs were extinct by now. Oh, well."
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  • Invoked: There are many jokes on the show about the age of the really old guy Bob. In one episode, Alice mockingly asks him if he ever rode a pterodactyl when he was a kid.
  • Exploited: The cavemen use Domesticated Dinosaurs to make their lives easier.
  • Defied: The Time Police prevented the dinosaurs from being moved out of the Mesozoic.
  • Discussed: As they walk out of their Time Machine into the Pleistocene, Alice tells Bob that they will find no dinosaurs here.
  • Conversed: Bob and Alice are MSTing an old caveman movie, pointing out all the inaccuracies in the process.
  • Implied: The cavemen investigate a huge fresh footprint. It looks like a dinosaurs footprint, but we never find out for sure what left it.
  • Deconstructed: Prehistoric humans just can't compete with dinosaurs. The human race goes extinct.
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  • Reconstructed: Despite the difficulties, prehistoric humans manage to survive in a world with dinosaurs.
  • Played For Laughs: The "modern Stone Age family" lives in a prehistoric recreation of present-day society, complete with Domesticated Dinosaurs, Bamboo Technology, and so forth. They have a catchy theme song too.
  • Played For Drama: The cavepeople have to fight for survival against ferocious dinosaurs.

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