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  • Author's Saving Throw:
    • Utahraptor is initially mispronounced as "Ultraraptor" in early renditions of the "Dinosaurs A-Z" song. In a later episode the Conductor explains that this is simply his personal nickname for the genus and that the correct name is indeed Utahraptor.
    • The main characters have significantly more anthropomorphic and outdated anatomy compared to most of the other animals, leading to speculation that their character designs were set in stone prior to the involvement of scientific consultants. The Conductor having feathers under his hat may be an attempt to partially remedy this.
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  • Genius Bonus: Dennis Deinocheirus, the autistic dinosaur introduced in "Junior Conductors Academy", has huge hands that are bent in front of him. This evokes "raptor hands", which some autistic people actually do. Of course, Dennis isn't a raptor, as there are already velociraptors in the series, but the deinocheirus is known for its prominent hands.
  • Heartwarming Moments:
    • The "Mom's Lullaby" song by Mrs. Pteranodon.
    I'll always love you, this is why... I'll always be your mom. That'll never change for you. Not miles or years, or newfound friends, will take that away from you. I'll always be your mom.
    • In "Father's Day", Mr. Conductor and the kids travel into the future, into the Ice Age, to find the Conductor's father Trevor Troodon, who traveled into the future and wasn't able to return. They all come back to the Age of Dinosaurs, and Trevor is reunited with his wife and son once more.
    • In "Junior Conductors Academy", Buddy is disappointed that Dennis is smarter than him, but still wants to be his friend, since Dennis has a hard time making friends. They do become friends and help each other become Junior Conductors, First Class.
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  • Hilarious in Hindsight: A time traveling dinosaur train?
  • Periphery Demographic: Among older paleogeeks, as well as fans of Craig Bartlett's work.
  • Toy Ship: The most common ones are Shiny/Gilbert, Buddy/Annie, Tiny/Petey, and Don/Lily.
  • Ugly Cute: Baby dromaeosaurids have odd facial features (such as large eyes) that elicit this reaction.

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