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  • Accidentally Correct Zoology:
    • The dromaeosaurid from "Death of a Dynasty" was seen as an example of Anachronism Stew, as Dromaeosaurus (what the animal was called during production despite its flaws) was extinct by the K/Pg extinction. Skip ahead to 2015, and a dromaeosaur just the right size to match with this creature was discovered in the exact formation the episode takes place in (Dakotaraptor).
    • While the show's placement of Utahraptor in Europe is still an egregious example of Misplaced Wildlife, isolated teeth of a large dromaeosaur from the Isle of Wight were later uncovered, from the same time and place as when the episode was set. However, they appear to belong to a velociraptorine, while Utahraptor was a dromaeosaurine.
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    • In "Giant of the Skies", the tapejarids are depicted as having black bodies and red crests. In 2017, a tapejarid was discovered with preserved melanosomes (pigment cells). Guess what colors its body and crest were.
    • The Deinosuchus shown in Death of a Dynasty, which has a gharial-esque head and is described as weighing about one ton, is actually very similar to the largest crocodylomorph actually known from the Hell Creek area: Thoracosaurus.
    • The Anurognathus in "Time of the Titans" was a case of Misplaced Wildlife. In 2007, the Morrison pterosaur Mesadactylus became classified as an anurognathid.
    • The Dinilysia is live-acted by a boid snake and unnamed. There is an actual, unnamed boid in the Hell Creek Formation (the earliest boid in the fossil record, in fact).
  • Actor Allusion: From the 3D movie, this wouldn't be the first time John Leguizamo played a prehistoric animal, although this time he's playing a bird. And not the first time he's been surrounded by dinosaurs.
    • Humorously enough, his Ice Age costar, Ray Romano was picked to host the Discovery Channel premier of "Walking With Beasts" in order to promote Ice Age. This was an America only thing however, Canada was Romano free.
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  • Development Gag: The Plesiopleurodon from "Giant of the Skies" uses the Liopleurodon model used in "Cruel Sea", but the coat is the same as the Liopleurodon in the unaired test pilot.
  • Executive Meddling: For the Walking with Dinosaurs movie, 20th Century Fox decided to add voices to the dinosaurs to help kids get the film, but the decision was made really late in production to the point where there isn't even lip syncing. The majority of viewers disliked the change, as they found the voices annoying and distracting. The DVD thus contains a "Cretaceous cut", which cuts out all the voices.
  • Fan Nickname: The core documentary trio, Dinosaurs, Beasts and Monsters, are sometimes referred to as the Trilogy of Life, thanks to the documentary on the Walking With Monsters DVD and Executive Producer Tim Haines referring to the three as such in the documentary. The name is appropriate as the three cover the evolution of life throughout Earth's history.
  • Follow the Leader:
    • After Walking With Dinosaurs, there came a whole onslaught of documentaries with CGI dinosaurs. When Dinosaurs Roamed America, Dinosaur Planet, and Jurassic Fight Club, to name a few.note 
    • Every post-WWD toy of Liopleurodon has been given the colour scheme it had in WWD.
    • It's impossible to see the Coelophysis and not think of the Compsognathus swarm in The Lost World: Jurassic Park. However, this was based on a Procompsognathus swarm in the original novel, Jurassic Park, which was likely based in turn in the great numbers of Coelophysis skeletons found together in Arizona and New Mexico, since both Compsognathus and Procompsognathus are known from single, isolated skeletons. Same goes for the Explosive Breeder plot, which is reminiscent of the book's Velociraptor plot.
  • Hey, It's That Sound!: Many of the sounds the Allosaurus makes in the original series are the exact same sounds the Velociraptors make in Jurassic Park, just with a slightly lowered pitch.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The cut down two-hour long presentation of the original miniseries narrated by Avery Brooks that initially aired in the U.S. on the Discovery Channel has never been released on home video.
  • Orphaned Reference: The 'Cretaceous Cut' (the dialog-free version) of The Movie leaves in a few gags that make no sense without dialog:
    • In the theatrical cut, Alex explains some gorgosaurus stats to the viewer with close up shots and diagrams (and he keeps getting distracted by its tiny arms). The visuals for this scene are left in the Cretaceous Cut.
    • The film gets inexplicably re-wound when Patchi falls in the river (originally, Alex questions Patchi's claim of diving in to save Juniper)
    • There is a close up of one of the knocked-out gorgosaurus teeth (which becomes the fossil in the present day scenes)
    • The closing credits pop music starts to fade in and is interrupted by the gorgosaurus fourth wall break, but the actual credits with that song have been cut.
  • The Producer Thinks of Everything: The animators found nothing alive that swam like a plesiosaur, so they came up with an entirely new four-flipper system for it.
  • Prop Recycling: The small ornithopod from "Death of a Dynasty" is simply the Othnielia model reused, as it includes the same colors.
  • Shrug of God: The small ornithopod from "Death of a Dynasty" is not named. Common fan speculation is that it is meant to be Thescelosaurus, a small ornithopod from the same place and time. This is somewhat supported, though not confirmed, by Thescelosaurus being name-dropped in the book's entry about Anatotitan.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: A subtle case as it is entirely due to Science Marches On, but the show is very much state of the art of dinosaurology in the late '90s. This is specially true for "Death of a Dynasty", which is an indirect listing of various theories about the extinction of the dinosaurs culminating with the asteroid hit. The general feeling of the episode is that dinosaurs were doing bad and the asteroid either made it worse or put them out of their misery, which is smack down between pre-asteroid, pre-Dinosaur Renaissance attitudes ("Dinosaurs were outdated monstrosities doomed to extinction") and current ones ("Dinosaurs were doing alright and would still dominate today if it wasn't for the asteroid"). Another telling point is the bizarre depiction of Quetzalcoatlus as a marine skim feeder, which had just been proposed in 1996 and was debunked a decade later.
  • What Could Have Been: Baryonyx and Cetiosaurus were to appear in the main series, but they were replaced with Utahraptor and scrapped entirely, respectively.

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