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It's the other way around, I'm pretty sure? My understanding of the chronology is that Volleyball was Pink's original Pearl. Pink was violent and threw tantrums, and couldn't control her emotions. Then White took Volleyball away, taking control of her. Pink got a new Pearl, "our" Pearl, and became much better at hiding what she was feeling and keeping secrets, because of her regret for what she did to Volleyball. (Or her desire not to anger the other Diamonds. Take your pick.)
(Volleyball specifically says to our Pearl in this episode, "I'm older than you.")
I really enjoy how Steven Universe: Future *is* Steven Universe, and yet it isn't, quite. Still there: the ruthless emotional realism and punches to the heart. Different: the protagonist's adulthood; the emotional struggles of being grownup, the limits to what you can do and not being always okay...Some of that was in the original, especially in the later seasons.
As for how it goes from here...well, you'll just have to see. Please feel free to blame me for everything you're about to experience. I just did a rewatch of all 20 episodes, so I know *exactly* what you're in for...
"For a while, Its words were true: the great lizards strode the world and devoured what they would. But it was little more than an eyeblink in terms of geological time before, without warning, the hammerblow fell from the sky. The skies darkened with the massive amounts of dust thrown up by the initial meteoric impact and the earthquakes and volcanic eruptions that followed... Not all of them had died, of course. Some had found refuge in other worlds, places more central. One of those worlds was the one where the Old Downside lay. Down under the roots of the Mountain, the descendants of the survivors of the Wise Ones had found their last refuge."
I read that as saying, yes, they're direct descendents of Earth dinosaurs who found a way Downside in the wake of the meteor strike.
(I know what you mean, but it doesn't seem like a very reliable curse.)