The markings seen on the snake at the beginning of the
episode are suggestive of a python, but pythons are not
native to South America; it may be intended to be a boa
constrictor, which is.
A pair of pink flamingoes are also seen along the river's
edge. Flamingoes are found in South America, though not
particularly within the Amazon rain forest.
The large aquatic reptilian seen at 1:37 on the DVD has
The pterosaurs seen at 2:05, 4:32, and 7:47 on the DVD
appear to be
The sauropod at 4:11 and 19:13 on the DVD appears to be a
The volcano that erupts in this episode is called Magog by
the cave-dwellers. In "Fight the Angry Mountain" another
volcano is simply called the angry mountain.
The ceratopsid seen at 4:53 on the DVD appears to be a
species of Triceratops.
The dinosaur seen at 5:00 on the DVD appears to be an
Gorok is, at first, unconcerned about the eruption, saying,
"Magog often makes angry noises, shakes the ground. Then he
sleeps again." Greg comments, "...when that volcano in
Hawaii blew his top, he was mad for weeks!" There are
several active volcanoes in Hawaii, but I've been unable to
find any citations of eruptions of any length in the early
1970's when Valley of the Dinosaurs was made. Possibly, Greg
is referring the to the 1950 eruption of Mauna Loa,
the largest shield volcano on Earth, on the
main island of Hawaii, which lasted over 3 weeks.
John refers to the opening in the Earth's crust which emits
hot gases as a fumarole. Fumaroles are often found in the
vicinity of volcanoes.
The small creature referred to as naneek by Gorok at 8:53 on
the DVD, looks as if it may be a type of protomammal,
perhaps an Eodicynodon, from the middle-late
Permian age, original habitat in South Africa.
The large bird seen at 9:54 on the DVD may be a type of
Phorusrhacid from the Cenozoic era, a carnivorous,
flightless bird known colloquially as "terror birds" and
known to grow close to ten feet tall, as the one seen here.
Gorok refers to it as "tandor". Fossilized remains have been
found in North America and, possibly, Africa. A similar type
of bird runs by in the animal stampede at 19:27.
At 12:37 on the DVD, Katie's eyes are rather lopsided!
Gorok claims they can catch tandor and John asks, "How? Put
salt on his tail?" This refers to an old wives tale that if
you sprinkle salt on a bird's tail, it can't fly away and
you can catch it. Of course, terror birds like tandor could
not fly anyway!
Looking down into the caldera of the volcano, Katie says, "Looks like the
devil's pudding is just about to boil." Devil's pudding is a
type of dessert, something between chocolate mousse and
The Butlers use a metal chain to link the paddlewheel of
their homemade boat to the paddles. But where did they get
the chain? Did they have it with them for some reason when they
came into the Valley of the Dinosaurs? The native
cave-dwellers are clearly pre-Iron Age people.
When John's plan to fell tons of stone into the path of the
oncoming lava to block it appears successful, Greg exclaims,
"They did it! That's bigger than the Hoover Dam!" The Hoover
Dam is a large dam that produces
hydroelectric power on the Colorado River along the border
of Nevada and Arizona. It seems likely that Greg was
exaggerating about the size of their stone dam though.
A theropod (carnivorous dinosaur) with a horn on its nose
appears at 19:27 on the DVD. This suggests it is a
Ceratosaurus from the Jurassic Period and found in
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