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This is North America.  Specifically, you are looking at a city in the United States.  The United States is home to millions of people, many of whom have complex jobs in our ever-growing society.  The United States alone is one of the top ten financial and agricultural centers on the planet…but it wasn't always the case.
If we were to turn back the clock, we'll find that the world is an extremely intense environment.  Humans have only recently arrived from across the Bering Strait, and what was once the great northlands of the United States, such as the Great Lakes and Mount Rushmore, is almost all covered in ice.  Canada is a frozen land, and Mexico is home to an incredibly dry desert.  But although this is back long before we humans were officially on top, we're going to take the journey back even further than that.
We are going to go back even further, to a time long before we humans even existed at all.  The climate begins to change drastically, going from incredibly cold to incredibly hot and dry, to incredibly rainy and wet.  The ocean currents begin to change drastically as the water flow of the planet shifts and churns.  The biggest change is on a continental level as the world slowly begins to merge together.  South America slowly splits apart from the North American mainland, the mass of Europe begins to tear apart, and Australia and Antarctica move together into a single landmass.
When the world is finally finished, we look upon a completely different North America.  This is America in its ancient days, back at least 65 million years ago.  This is a very strange world.  The planet is almost completely dry due to volcanic temperaments, and most of the mainland is a continuous sea of volcanic rock and debris, with islands of greenery in between.  It is a world where no mammals live, and where birds do not rule the sky.  It is a world ruled…by dinosaurs.
Welcome to the Cretaceous, a period in Earth's geological history filled with perhaps the most famous and complex of all dinosaurs.  The megafauna of the planet was in its heyday during this time.  Most of the animals here are big, ranging in size from 30-40 feet in length in even the smallest of their kind.  Across the American Northwest, dinosaurs like Triceratops, Torosaurus, Anatotitan, and Ankylosaurus share the landscape with one another, while further north their cousins in Canada live in lusher, but still barren wildernesses.
However, life is on its last leg.  New mammals have arisen for the first time; mammals that have been competing with the dinosaurs in ways that they could never accomplish; by being small.  Eggs have become incredibly vulnerable, and dinosaurs the size of school busses can barely hold these tiny animals at bay.  What's worse, however, is that life is dying out at a geological level.  Like deadly cankers, volcanoes slowly belch toxic fumes into the air, blanketing the landscape in deadly levels of natural gasses that can kill in an instant.  As the world slowly chokes to death, most of the animals here won't be able to survive as their habitat slowly recedes to little short of a worldwide desert…
But the true cataclysm occurs not from the world, but in the cosmos, and soon the sky is rained down upon by fire.
Just above the American Southwest, in a region that will become what is now the Gulf of Mexico, a tremendous fireball collides with the planet.  An asteroid, at least ten miles long, crashes into the Earth, igniting the atmosphere and sending clouds of dust and ash across the globe.  The resulting firestorm and the following age of blackness will kill out over 80% of everything living, resulting in a very different, and very strange, world…a world full of opportunity.
This event is known as the KT Event, the infamous and legendary extinction of the dinosaurs.  For many years, scientists have debated what truly caused this mass extinction, but, regardless of what caused it, the reality is simple; 65 million years ago, Dinosaurs ruled the Earth.  Less than a blink of an eye in the evolutionary timeline, they were suddenly gone; vanished, with nothing but bones to tell their tale.
But our story doesn't begin here.  That would be a tale for another time.  Instead, we are going to go back even further.  At least 150 million years before now, we look upon a world that is full of strange and often exciting forms of life.  It is a world far before the time of destruction and doom that wiped out all life on Earth 65 million years ago.  Instead it is a world ruled by even greater giants.
Welcome to the Jurassic, a range in time when life was at its peak.  The continents have changed again, this time forming into two mega-continents; Gondwana and Laurasia.  Here, life has grown on an exponential level, where the planet is a hothouse world, and the absolute biggest of the dinosaurs now rule the land.  All across what will be the Dakotas, Colorado, and Utah, the world's largest reptiles make mass migrations from as far north as Canada to as south as Mexico, feeding upon the fresh greens of forests with their long and powerful necks, and in turn being preyed upon by some of the biggest and most powerful predators ever to live.
In the sky, pterosaurs have made their first wing beats, with pterodactyls flying in the sky alongside them.  In the ocean, huge beasts larger than military submarines and big enough to make Jaws look like Nemo hunt for fish and other reptiles in the great inland seas.  Reptiles rule the Earth, and watching from the sidelines are the ancestors of birds, early rodents, and the insects; all of whom pale in comparison in the diversity of life of this great age.
But though this is the heyday of life, we are going to go back even further than that.  Going backwards in time, we look upon a world where life, surprisingly, is not at all quite as diverse.  In fact, life is just recovering from perhaps the greatest disaster it has ever witnessed.
This is the Triassic.  The world is much, much different than ever before.  All of Earth's continents are merged into a vast super-continent, with a tremendous canyon spanning the center surrounded by a huge, global desert. On all sides lies a series of mountain ranges, perennial forests, and massive coastal territory.  What little life exists lives in these regions, where rainfall occurs every year to ensure that life will continue to survive.  It is here, in this bleak and desolate planet, where our story begins.
Welcome to North America…otherwise known as Northwestern Pangaea…

.......................When Dinosaurs Roamed America...................


..................................A tale of ancient life by Kerian Halcyon.................................

When Dinosaurs Roamed America - The Story

Prologue: Setting the Stage

Original documentary, and logo above, by Discovery Channel.


Here it is, the prologue of my new documentary series; When Dinosaurs Roamed America. Basically a focus upon the dinosaurs on this side of the world, but otherwise a tamer version of Walking with Dinosaurs (minus the epic puppeteering of the BBC documentary), When Dinosaurs Roamed America was great because of three things. The first was that it used the most epic sound effect for a Dilophosaurus, which remains my favorite sound effect for that dinosaur. The second was that it features some of my favorite dinosaurs from the United States that were never featured in Walking with Dinosaurs, such as Camarasaurus and Ceratosaurus, as well as Dromeosaurus and the epically strange Nothronychus. But the third reason why I like it was that it was narrated by comedian John Goodman, which is a surprise in and of itself but still really awesome.

The first story in When Dinosaurs Roamed America features the Triassic period. It's a few million years after the Permian Extinction, and the earth is still recovering from the devastation, but continues to fluctuate regardless. You'll recognize some of the creatures from Walking with Dinosaurs, as almost all of them can be found in the United States, including Postosuchus and Placerias. But some you mighty not recognize or have never heard of before; this is because I took the liberty of "introducing" some species into the story to keep the diversity of life on a high level in this Triassic hellhole.

The first part of When Dinosaurs Roamed America documentary: [link]


Chapter 1 of my story: [link]

I hope you enjoy!

-Kerian
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raptorman123 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
If you created it, then I'm the next mayor of Marmalade Mountain (doesn't sound like such a bad gig, actually).
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raptorman123 Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012
I retract that statement, but what you're doing is copyright infringement.
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Kerian-halcyon Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
How so? What I'm doing is writing an interpretation of a classic documentary. It's done in my words, using the original as an inspiration, and is done for the sake of non-profit and for fun and, most importantly, for the sake of reading. I fail to see copyright infringement in that.

How's being the mayor of Marmalade Mountain, by the way? ^^
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Cr0atoan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
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^ I promise you it was an experiment. I swear. :XD:

:icondinosaurrawrplz:

Dang it, they're all lame. Oh well, moving on.

This is an exciting project. I love reading about dinosaurs. They actually play a significant role in my story, believe it or not. You can blame that on my childhood.
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Kerian-halcyon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
My parents raised me on dinosaurs...:XD: I grew up with Dino Burgers.

Dinosaurs are in We are Warriors as well. Behemoths are giant sauropods that the Fallen Kingdoms use as mounts similar to the Oliphants in Lord of the Rings. They have tusks, spines, and a bad attitude all. Epic creations on my part if I do say so myself...
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Cr0atoan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:XD: Every year on Christmas Eve and the next day, I'd get like 10+ dinosaurs.

Until someone like Legolas comes up and fills them with arrows. :XD: But that does sound neat.

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Kerian-halcyon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I know how you feel. I'm usually the same way with Bionicles. :XD:

I do have a Behemoth short story that pays tribute to the scene where the Oliphants charge in Return of the King.
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Cr0atoan Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
:rofl: Yeah, those were the times. I remember being a fan of the Primal Rage series...got the toys and everything.

Nothing is better than violence and dinosaurs (and apes) are combined in a bloody pulpy mess. :XD:

Interesting...a read would be brilliant.
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Kerian-halcyon Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I still try to do stop motion vids with my bionicles...haven't finished one in a while though.

Now imagine adding guns to the mix...:XD:

Then go read it! And in the meantime, I'm going to post more Beast Men stuff pretty soon...
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Cr0atoan Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2011  Hobbyist Writer
I saw the comics before. Some hilarious stuff. :XD:

Yeah...that's like asdfakjsldfk awesome right now.

Onward! :D
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