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Prehistoric is a 2009-2010 documentary about different US cities in different times in Prehistory. Cities include: New York City, Chicago, Washington, D.C., Denver, Dallas, and Los Angeles.


This series provides examples of:

  • Anachronism Stew: Dimetrodon never lived 260 million years ago, Pteranodon never lived 110 million years ago (to be fair, the pterosaur wasn't named in-show), Ichthyosaurs never lived 80 million years ago, and Dilophosaurus never lived 200 million years ago.
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  • Apocalypse Wow: New York has the Triassic-Jurassic extinction 200 million years ago, Chicago has an impact from 260 million years ago, and Washington DC has an impact 35 million years ago.
  • Bears Are Bad News: Arctodus
    • Bear Dogs Are Bad News: Amphicyon
  • Big Applesauce: The first episode.
  • Everything's Better with Dinosaurs: All episodes have them.
  • Expy: Astrodon to Apatosaurus and the unnamed Tyrannosaur in the second episode to Tyrannosaurus
  • Full-Boar Action: The fourth episode has Archaeotherium AKA the Terminator Pig
  • Gorn: Several blood effects, most noticeable in the Deinonychus segment
  • Never Smile at a Crocodile: Postosuchus
  • Panthera Awesome: The scimitar-toothed cat and saber-toothed cat (which aren't actually panthers, but are feliforms)
  • Ptero Soarer: Pretty accurate pterosaurs (complete with feathering)
  • Raptor Attack: Deinonychus (feathered improperly, but still feathered) takes down a Tenontosaurus (at least this is physically possible, unlike the same species trying to kill a sauropod).
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  • Rocks Fall, Everyone Dies: An impact event in the Chesapeake Bay kills all life in the area, devastating everything up to New York City.
  • Rodents of Unusual Size: The giant beaver Castoroides
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: The scenes where the prehistoric animals roam the cities
  • Speculative Documentary: Since dinosaur fossils were never found in Chicagoland, the producers had to speculate what dinosaurs lived there - they got around the problem by not stating specific species.
  • Stock Footage: From Dinosaur Planet, When Dinosaurs Roamed America, the Walking With series, and Animal Armageddon, no less!
    • Stock Footage Failure: Due to stock footage, Ceratosaurus becomes Allosaurus (wrong), Allodaposuchus becomes a primitive amphibian (also wrong), Anatotitan becomes a Jurassic dinosaur (also also wrong), Zuniceratops becomes Triceratops (also also also wrong), Dilophosaurus and Anchisaurus become Cretaceous dinosaurs (also also also also wrong, although Anchisaurus could be mistaken for a primitive ornithopod), and Ceratosaurus also becomes Albertosaurus (also also also also also wrong).
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  • Stock Sound Effects: Sounds from When Dinosaurs Roamed America and the Walking with Dinosaurs series are heard throughout.
  • Threatening Shark: Megalodon
  • Zerg Rush: The Deinonychus attacking the Tenontosaurus

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