Originally Posted by Rubecula
Spoiler: Why use the spoiler?
I think you will find that most of these things are or have been in the past, made to cover 250 million years in on go. There are simply representative of beasts.
Although I do see your point. However a lot of interest in this sort of thing is by youngsters. When they start to learn about these things they also learn the timescales. Get them young then hone the knowledge when they are involved. It is how I started. Pictures of monsters on school posters. (Some of them pretty implausible too I seem to remember. Interest started! The Geology classes, with paleontology bits added. Interest increased. Become an adult, and interest hits a peak. I even did a module on such things when I studied for my applied Biology degree (many years ago).
Only ever got thrown out of a class once too. (For having the entire class including the Tutor in hysterics to the point where they couldn't learn and he couldn't lecture.) So it is not about the pure accuracy of these things, just accurate enough to pique the interest of active young minds. Accuracy can come later. Perhaps not the best way, but it is a way that works I think.
I used the spoiler in case someone hadn´t seen the documentary XD
I am with you, I'm not the one to bitch about accuracy much (you will notice that I didn´t mind about the featherless raptors, which would be the first thing most fanboys would cry bloody murder about). Its just that seeing the Microraptor and the Tarbosaurus together was a little shocking- almost like seeing a Dimetrodon happily going for a walk in a Jurassic forest, for example