Dinosaurs were a diverse group of giant reptiles that ruled the Earth some 160 million years. They became mostly extinct 65 million years ago.
It is said that dinosaurs were the favored species of the demon Set, however the Earth goddess Gaea decided that they were an evolutionary dead end and that the Human race would be their successors. Set fought to preserve the reptiles, manifesting back on the physical plane for the first time since he fled the Demogorge's wraith by merging three dinosaurs into a snake-like body. Atum returned as the Demogorge, and in the resulting cataclysmic battle, the dinosaurs were wiped out and Set was banished once more. Gaea shielded the smaller mammals, who went on to dominate the globe.
Dinosaurs still survive however, even though they are widely considered to be extinct. The Nuwali race constructed the Savage Land wildlife preserve in Antarctica, and it became home to an entire prehistoric ecosystem for many prehistoric animals, including virtually all known races of dinosaurs.
In the 1800s, American cowboy Tex Taylor and his partner Alkali Ike uncovered a hidden valley of dinosaurs hidden beneath a cave somewhere in Texas. They used the tunnel to lure two outlaws named Danny Sawtell and Creepy into a trap where they became the next meal to a Tyrannosaurus Rex. Ike then blasted the tunnel shut trapping the dinosaurs in their hidden valley. It is unknown if this lost valley still exists.
On August 10, 1938, Professor Rangley uncovered a perfectly preserved Tyrannosaurus Rex egg in the Shelee Tar Pits of Utah. Five days later, he transported the egg to New York City where he incubated it and see if it would hatch. On Christmas Eve of 1938, the egg hatched and Rangley kept the baby and raised it at the Acme Warehouse in secret. He hopes to reveal it to the world in the next decade.
The first recorded encounter between humans and dinosaurs in 20th Century Africa occurred in April of 1940 when the a strange prehistoric creature came out of the jungle of Africa and besieged the tribe of the jungle adventurer named Trojak. Trojak and his people dubbed the creature a "Devil Beast" and ultimately slew it by crushing it under a toppled tree. In January 1941, an explorer discovered frozen dinosaur eggs out in the ice flows of Siberia and sell them to American entertainer Barney Bailey. Bailey somehow manage to hatch the eggs and put the full grown dinosaurs on display in New York City. However a lightning storm caused the creatures to escape and they went on a rampage through the city. The other-dimensional hero known as the Vision appeared and destroyed the creatures using TNT. Not wishing to have his money making creatures destroyed, Bailey had hire local mobsters to try and round them up, only to find himself eaten by one of the giant lizards. Later, the jungle adventurer Ka-Zar also encounter a dinosaur in Africa's Black River region, located somewhere in the Belgian Congo. This creature was slain by a giant named Bogat.
In August of 1943 a dinosaur was found preserved in ice on the Antarctic continent by Nazi sympathizer Professor Schultz who attempted to revive the creature. Succeeding, but finding the prehistoric monster brain dead, he surgically implanted the brain of his assistant Olaf Olsen and send him on a rampage. During a clash with Captain America and Bucky, Olaf witnessed Schultz threaten his sister and tossed the scientist off a cliff and then threw his dinosaur body off as well, seemingly to his death.
In the spring of 1949, Professor Rangley was murdered by thieves who thought he was holding something valuable in his warehouse space and unintentionally released the Tyrannosaurus, letting it loose into New York. Captain America, Golden Girl and the military fought the creature, mortally wounding it. The dying Tyrannosaurus then walked all the way back to its birth place in Utah to die in the tar pits.
A number of dinosaurs existed as inhabitants of the jungles of the Congo, discovered in 1954 by jungle adventurer Lorna the Jungle Queen, their origins and subsequent fate are unknown.((r
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Earth-78411 is a alternate reality in which Earth remains in a prehistoric period. Evolution would occur differently on this world, seeing early humans living amongst dinosaurs. The most feared, if not well-known, of them all is Devil Dinosaur, a red Tyrannosaurus Rex and an ally of Moon-Boy. Other notable species found here are :
- Thunder-Horn - a group of ceratopsids that are implied to be carnivorous. They would occasionally challenge Devil Dinosaur over the Valley of Flame.
- Bone-Backs - A group of stegosauria-type dinosaurs.
- Hoppers - A group of theropods and members of the dromaeosaurid family.
- Plant-Eaters - A group of sauropod-type dinosaurs.
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- Some of the most notable dinosaur species include Tyrannosaurus Rex, Stegosaurus, Triceratops, Velociraptor, Apatosaurus, Ankylosaurus, Allosaurus, Styracosaurus, Brachiosaurus, and Spinosaurus.
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