Dino Docs! Prehistoric Planet

A Complete Guide to The Species of Prehistoric Planet: Episode Three, Freshwater

Life was at its most diverse around the waterways of prehistoric earth. Part three of five!

Welcome back to the complete guide of Prehistoric Planet’s species!

Today’s article will focus Prehistoric Planet’s third episode, entitled “Freshwater”. As a reminder, the order is based on each animal’s first appearance in the episode. This article will contain spoilers for the episode, so be warned! Now, let’s get into it!

Unnamed Pterosaur: Likely representing juveniles of the azhdarchid featured in episode two, these pterosaurs are shown living in colonies along the cliffs of a waterfall. Despite living in apparent safety, their sheltered lives soon become invaded by predators brave enough to traverse the mountain of poop produced by the colony.

Unnamed Azhdarchid

Returning Star – Velociraptor: The predator of the pterosaurs is Velociraptor, whois shown hunting in packs to take them down. Seeing a female Velociraptor scale down a mountain like a goat makes for an outstanding viewing experience, especially how she completely abandons the males who accompanied her. 


Returning Star – Tyrannosaurus: Love and war, aka the life of a Tyrannosaurus. After cleaning out his battle scars, a male Tyrannosaurus successfully courts a female. While this show is PG, this might be the one moment to cover your eyes from…

Triceratops: This shouldn’t really count, but the corpse of a Triceratops does qualify as another species making an appearance. My only question is: why does the Tyrannosaurus start eating from its neck after going back for second helpings?

Triceratops (left) and Tyrannosaurus (right)

Star of the Episode – Deinocheirus: There are no words to describe Deinocheirus, a gigantic ornithomimid from the swamps of Cretaceous Mongolia. His eating habits need some work, as everybody knows not to poop where you eat.


Quetzalcoatlus: Quetzalcoatlus? In Southern Africa! What? I suppose that the North American pterosaur could have travelled to use it as a summer vacation home for laying eggs. The montage of the mother guarding her eggs was cute, though did anybody else think she had an awkward sleeping posture? I suppose that with a 12-meter wingspan, any sleeping position wouldn’t have been the most comfortable.


Masiakasaurus: A small abelisaurid from Madagascar, Masiakasaurus is depicted as a veracious crab-eater. Masiakasaurus has been theorized to have pescatarian diets in the past, which crabs most definitely encompass. 


Beelzebufo: Unfortunately for a juvenile Masiakasaurus, the giant frog Beelzebufo interrupted its crab hunt to gobble it up. Beelzebufo’s massive jaws would have made short work of the Masiakasaurus, making it the second animal in the show to appear, eat a baby, then disappear again. 


Elasmosaurus: Like Tuarangisaurus, Elasmosaurus was another long-necked marine reptile, though this time they are shown traversing the riverways of North America. 

Unnamed Titanosaur:  A very brief appearance is made by a sauropod on the banks of a river. Despite being unnamed, only one species lived in North America at the time – Alamosaurus – which gives us a safe diagnosis here.


With two episodes left to cover, there are still plenty of bizarre and incredible species to come. Say what you want about Prehistoric Planet, but it certainly spared no expense when it came to depicting a diverse array of prehistoric life.

I do not take credit for any images found in this article. All images are credited to Apple TV.

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