Daspletosaurus is a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur that lived approximately 78 to 74 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous period.

In Dinosaur Planet[edit | edit source]

"Little Das' Hunt"[edit | edit source]

Daspletosaurus horneri is the main subject. A family of Daspletosaurus are first seen hunting a herd of Maiasaura. One individual, known as Little Das chases two maiasaura individuals known as Buck and Blaze from the herd and sent into an ambush, where his mother injures Buck before being run into by Little Das, causing her to release the Maiasaura. They later attempt to hunt Buck again, this time ditching Das in a grove of trees so he wouldn't mess them up again. He then startles a herd of Einiosaurus, which foils the hunt anyway in their panic and cause Buck to get away again. With the herds now traveling together, the Daspletosaurus attempt to separate Buck, but the best Little Das can do is corral him in between a pair of Einiosaurus. The Einiosaurus are able to get into a defensive circle, allowing Buck to escape. The Daspletosaurus family eventually get around them and continue the hunt, having a dead Quetzalcoatlus land in front of them along the way. The family approaches the herd as a field of volcanic ash from a nearby erupting volcano causes total darkness and covers the ground. Even though Buck had officially collapsed, the tyrannosaurs aborted the hunt to save themselves from the volcano. A pyroclastic flow suddenly bursts from the volcano, and while the family attempts to get away, they are engulfed in the debris and killed.

Errors[edit | edit source]

  • Juvenile tyrannosaurids of all species are more slender-looking than adults, this is especially evident in Little Das himself who looks more like a miniature adult, though his sisters could be transitional in their appearances.
  • Oddly, the mother Daspletosaurus was shown as the slowest of the quartet, which is unlikely in real life: other tyrannosaurs were considered speedy even as bulky adults.
  • Daspletosaurus could not roar like shown in the series; instead, it relied on infrasound to communicate, much like modern alligators and bitterns.
  • Their arms are depicted as being pronated when in real life they would've been facing forwards in a clapping like position(Although there are some shots where their arms are in the correct position).
  • Lastly, Daspletosaurus did not evolve into Tyrannosaurus as the episode suggests.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • As pointed out by the narrator, juvenile tyrannosaurs of all species, including Daspletosaurus, could indeed have served as scouts for adults since they were the only medium predators in their native locations to fill the niche between adult tyrannosaurs and smaller theropods.
  • Some other animal sounds used for both the Carcharodontosaurs and the Daspletosaurus include various snarls and growls from big cats (tigers, lions, and leopards), and grunts from a walrus.
  • In the 2012 Korean film Tarbosaurus: The Mightiest Ever, Patch, his wife, and his mother use the same sounds as the Daspletosaurus from "Little Das' Hunt".
  • The T. rex (named Tyra) that appears in the 2012 computer-animated Korean film Dino Time uses the same sound effects as the Carcharodontosaurs from "Alpha's Egg", as well as the Aucasaurus
    • Since these are both sounds from Dinosaur Planet, it's likely that they were directly taken from the series for this film.

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