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A Spinosaurus

Dinosaurs are a diverse group of animals of the clade Dinosauria. They first appeared during the Triassic period, 231.4 million years ago, and were the dominant terrestrial vertebrates for 135 million years, from the beginning of the Jurassic (about 201 million years ago) until the end of the Cretaceous (66 million years ago), when the Cretaceous–Paleogene extinction event led to the extinction of most dinosaur groups (and some three-quarters of plant and animal species on Earth) at the close of the Mesozoic Era.

The fossil record indicates that birds evolved from theropod dinosaurs during the Jurassic Period and, consequently, they are considered a subgroup of dinosaurs. Some birds survived the extinction event that occurred 65 million years ago, and their descendants continue the dinosaur lineage to the present day.

The appearance of Dinosaurs in the various TMNT universes have been a common occurrence over the years. In addition to the anthropomorphic dinosaur samurai Chote, and dinosaur-like aliens of Triceratons and Styracodons, the Ninja Turtles have run into actual dinosaurs many times.



Some TMNT stuff really isn't for little kids.

1987 series

  • Turtles at the Earth's Core - The turtles meet a kind diplodocus they named Dippy, other dinosaurs that appear in this epsidose are a tyranosaurus rex, a triceratops, a stegosaurus and a pachycefalosaurus.
  • Leonardo is Missing - There are a pachycefalosaurus, a tyranosaurus rex and a biped triceratops in this episode.


Parasaurolophus appear in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Magazine story Dino A Go-Go.

TMNT Adventures


Some TMNT stuff really isn't for little kids.

Dinosaurs appear in Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures issue #15.

2003 series

Fast Forward

  • Sh'Okanabo and Viral create a Time Window, which goes haywire. The window ends up summoning entities from several different eras of time, including dinosaurs, Vikings, and The Shredder and his Foot Ninja. The dinosaurs seen include Pterodactyl, Tyrannosaurus, and Triceratops. A Triceraton postal worker sees a rampaging Triceratops and gives a double thumbs-up.

Back to the Sewer

  • Tempus Fugit sees the Turtles being hurled through various different times, including an era populated by dinosaurs, the Middle Ages, and a distant future that is occupied by three different Shredders. The Turtles enlisted the assistance of a Styracosaurus, dubbed "Zog II" by Mikey, against a Spinosaurus.
  • Incredible Shrinking Serling - Serling encountered a Velociraptor during his random time jumps.
  • Web Wranglers - A T-Rex is briefly seen amongst the animals Cyber Shredder has made real from photos on the internet, and had made plans to transport into the real world as a mutated monster.

2012 series

  • There are many references to the Triceratons through out various episodes.

Mayhem From Mutant Island

  • Monstrous dinosaurs are the central theme to the TMNT in Mayhem From Mutant Island mini-episodes. The first few chapters feature the Turtles batting hideous mutates known as Chomper Bug, Scorpion, Winged Dino, and Stego, according to the Playmates action figures (the bug creatures are also referred to as dinosaurs in the story, likely just as a method of convenience). The Turtles later encounter a T-Rex (with the same design as the one in Web Wranglers).

Video Games

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time - Dinosaurs make appearences through the game. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Tournament Fighters - Two T-Rexs can be seen in the background of Wingnuts stage in the SNES version.

IDW Comics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time issue 1 - The turtles are sent back in time to the dinosaur era and there they meet a Protoceratops they named Pepperoni, other dinosaurs that appear are Therizinosaurus, Tarbosaurus, Triceratops, Quetzalcoatlus, Gallimimus, Saichania, Shantungosaurus, Velociraptors, and Saurolophus.

"I would have liked to have drawn some swimming dinosaurs, and it would have been fun to draw the Turtles dealing with something really big, like a Mamenchiasaurus. It would be fun to draw something at that scale." Artist Ross Campbell when asked if there was any kind of dinosaur that he wanted to add but couldn't. He also stated his favorite pre-historic animals are the Glyptodon and Deinonychus.




List of Dinosaurs

This is a list of dinosaurs that somehow appeared in the franchise.


  • Alioramus
  • Allosaurus
  • Anhanguera
  • Ankylosaurus
  • Apatosaurus
  • Archaeopteryx
  • Brachiosaurus
  • Deinonychus
  • Diplodocus
  • Duck
  • Falcon
  • Gallimimus
  • Oviraptor
  • Pachycephalosaurus
  • Parasaurolophus
  • Pigeon
  • Protoceratops
  • Pteranodon
  • Pterodactyl
  • Quetzalcoatlus
  • Roadrunner
  • Saichania
  • Saurolophus
  • Shantungosaurus
  • Sparrow
  • Spinosaurus
  • Stegosaurus
  • Styracosaurus
  • Tarbosaurus
  • Therizinosaurus
  • Triceratops
  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Velociraptor



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