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This was a made-for-TV movie made by Muppets, Inc. and Jim Henson for ABC for 1970, featuring hundreds of stop-motion puppets used for dinosaurs and other prehistoric animals. It was originally conceived as an unrealized Monday night TV series planned for 1968.

Although puppet designs for the dinosaurs were not used, hand puppets for Allosaurus, Brontosaurus, Brachiosaurus, Stegosaurus, Camptosaurus, and two marionette Ramphorynchuses were later built for a five-minute pilot for a "The World Before Man" TV series in 1967. The project did not sell but the show later evolved into a made-for-TV movie that was made in New York City with stop-motion puppets made by Henson and broadcast in 1970.

The movie as later remade as a feature film adaptation in 1984, with hundreds of puppets created by the Jim Henson Creature Shop and collaboration with Will Vinton Studios and Ray Harryhausen.

List of Prehistoric Animals

Paleozoic Era

  • Hallucigenia
  • Opabinia
  • Anomalocaris
  • Wiwaxia
  • Trilobites
  • Pterygotus
  • Cameroceras
  • Dinichthys (Dunkleosteus)
  • Cladostelache
  • Cephalaspis
  • Pteraspis
  • Coccosteus
  • Eusthenopteron
  • Ichthyostega
  • Eryops
  • Eogyrnus
  • Meganeura
  • Hylonomus
  • Petrolacosaurus
  • Ammonites
  • Edaphosaurus
  • Dimetrodon
  • Lycaenops
  • Dicynodon
  • Coelurosauravus
  • Pareiasaurus
  • Moschops
  • Cacops
  • Platyhystrix
  • Seymouria
  • Diplocaulus
  • Hybodus

Mesozoic Era

  • Cynognathus
  • Lystrosaurus
  • Kannemeyeria
  • Machaeroprosopus (Rutiodon)
  • Saltoposuchus
  • Euparkeria
  • Hesperosuchus
  • Ornithosuchus
  • Coelophysis
  • Procompsognathus
  • Plateosaurus
  • Teratosaurus
  • Heterodontosaurus
  • Eudimorphodon
  • Nothosaurus
  • Placodus
  • Henodus
  • Tanystropheus
  • Mixosaurus
  • Proganochelys
  • Kuehneosaurus
  • Mastodonsaurus
  • Scaphonyx
  • Megazostrodon
  • Ornitholestes
  • Archaeopteryx
  • Stegosaurus
  • Megalosaurus
  • Allosaurus
  • Ceratosaurus
  • Scelidosaurus
  • Brontosaurus (Apatosaurus)
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Diplodocus
  • Dryosaurus
  • Kentrosaurus
  • Camptosaurus
  • Compsognathus
  • Dimorphodon
  • Pterodactylus
  • Rhamphorhynchus
  • Plesiosaurus
  • Ichthyosaurus
  • Metriorhynchus
  • Pliosaurus
  • Iguanodon
  • Hypsilophodon
  • Psittacosaurus
  • Polacanthus
  • Protoceratops
  • Oviraptor
  • Velociraptor
  • Pachycephalosaurus
  • Trachodon (Anatosaurus)
  • Lambeosaurus
  • Corythosaurus
  • Parasaurolophus
  • Gorgosaurus
  • Tarbosaurus
  • Chasmosaurus
  • Styracosaurus
  • Monoclonius
  • Triceratops
  • Torosaurus
  • Ankylosaurus
  • Scolosaurus
  • Palaeoscincus
  • Struthiomimus
  • Stenonychosaurus
  • Tyrannosaurus
  • Pteranodon
  • Phobosuchus (Deinosuchus)
  • Elasmosaurus
  • Tylosaurus
  • Kronosaurus
  • Archelon
  • Ichthyornis
  • Hesperornis

Cenozoic Era

  • Barylambda
  • Phenacodus
  • Andrewsarchus
  • Diatryma
  • Eohippus (Hyracotherium)
  • Uintatherium
  • Moeritherium
  • Palaeomastodon
  • Hyrachyus
  • Meniscotherium
  • Icaronycteris
  • Zeuglodon (Basilosaurus)
  • Arsinoitherium
  • Brontotherium
  • Amphicyon
  • Coryphodon
  • Daphoenus
  • Mesohippus
  • Merycoidodon
  • Baluchitherium (Indricotherium)
  • Alticamelus
  • Merychippus
  • Pliohippus
  • Trilophodon
  • Dinohyus
  • Platybelodon
  • Moropus
  • Prolibytherium
  • Synthetoceras
  • Teleoceros
  • Phororhacos
  • Glyptodon
  • Megatherium
  • Macrauchenia
  • Toxodon
  • Sivatherium
  • Dinotherium
  • Australopithecus
  • Saber-Toothed Tiger
  • Dire Wolves
  • Cave Bear
  • Ancient Bison
  • Woolly Rhinoceros
  • Megaceros
  • Casteroides
  • Diprotodon
  • Procoptodon
  • Elasmotherium
  • Equus Scotti
  • Teratornis
  • American Mastodons
  • Imperial Mammoth
  • Woolly Mammoths
  • Neanderthals