To respect the richness of the first film, Ice Age 2 expanded with the number of species shown in the series alongside the ones in the first movie. Some are recognisable while others were created from scratch for the movie. This page goes into detail on some of the species in the second movie.
From the first minutes of the film, Sid’s "Campo de Sid" allows us to discover many new species having fun with those we had already seen in the original film. Thus, Scrat is hit in the first minutes of what appears to be a Elomeryx.
Species information: A standard Anthracotheriidae looks like a skinny hippopotamus with a relatively small and narrow head. It had four or five toes on each wide foot for walking on soft mud. The last kind Marycopotamus however, disappeared from Asia during the Pliocene era before during before the story of Ice Age unfolds.
Among the animals playing in the ice, we can also see the elongated ducks swimming. They are the ancestors of the shelduck, a mix between a goose and a duck.
Species information: There are numerous fossilised bones attributed to the Anatidae, indicating a very distant origin of the group. It was in France and Belgium where the most ancient bones that were identified were found, the oldest believed to be over 30 million years old.
But who is this charlatan trying to sell their products? Fast Tony is actually one of the many descendants of the xenarthra group, ancestors of the armadillo.
Species information: As you can see here, the film took some liberties to customise Fast Tony, and you will notice a funny thing. Tony is part of the same family as his colleague Stuart, but their evolution has simply not been the same.
While quack predictions prove to be correct, Manny talks with several specimens to alert them of the danger. Among them, a female Diatryma can be observed.
Species information: Gastornis (formerly known as the Diatryma) is a carnivorous bird. It was the first large predator to appear after the disappearance of the non-avian dinosaurs.
On the top of the glacier, Manny, Sid, and Diego discover that a flood threat was really ready to hit them. While Manny tries to convince the assembly by returning to his words, a strange vulture speaks more or less playing the ominous birds. This was a Teratornis.
Species information: Teratornis were probably the most spectacular birds of North America. They had a strong curved beak, and an estimated wingspan of about five meters, larger than any species alive today.
Setting off to avoid the flood and find the famous boat that will save their lives, our three friends hope to meet mammoths because Manny begins to despair of finding another of his kind. At one point, Sid come across a gassy Chalicothere named Cholly.
Species information: The male Chalicothere measured 2.6 metres and the female at 1.8 metres. A male would weigh 350 kg. They belonged to a subspecies walking on fists with folded claws, which made them unsuited to run. They were able to stand on their hind legs and could reach the high tree branches with the claws of their front legs. The male would probably fight for the conquest of females during the mating season. Although only 60 skeletons were found together on a site in Slovakia, it appears that the species was rather lonely.
While Manny meets Ellie and everything seems to be going well, he makes the wrong turn by encountering two sea creatures that seem to find him to their liking! These were the Metriorhynchus and the Globidens.
Species information: The Metriorhynchidae was fully aquatic crocodilia that lived in the seas of the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. They were were the only group of archosaurs to adapt fully to marine life, becoming pelagic crocodilians.
Species information: Globidens were about 6 meters long and had a short skull, but a powerful jaw. It was a coastal animal which had the distinction of having rounded teeth, probably due to a special diet which consists of invertebrates such as shellfish.