Tetrapod Zoology

Spinosaurs as graffiti

Here’s a picture I left on a wall at the edge of the Sahara…

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It wasn’t random graffiti: we stayed at an auberge where there was a long tradition of this sort of thing. And if you need a close-up of the little figures on the left…

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Comments

  1. #1 Adam
    December 21, 2008

    Is this an advertisement for the Star Wars Walking with Dinosaurs Holiday Special? Awesome!

  2. #2 Mike Keesey
    December 21, 2008

    Pss a beuhman.
    Les go ba, na.
    CHIGGIDDABOO!

  3. #3 Alison
    December 21, 2008

    I am in awe.

  4. #4 Din
    December 21, 2008

    StarWars + Dinos rulez!

  5. #5 John H
    December 22, 2008

    Utini indeed…

  6. #6 Tim Morris
    December 22, 2008

    That has to be the most anatomically correct graffiti I’ve seen in a long time.

  7. #7 Tilsim
    December 22, 2008

    Ancients of Mu Mu…

  8. #8 Sordes
    December 22, 2008

    Very cool! Is is a coincidence that so many people who likes dinosaurs and other prehistoric creatures are shameless Star-Wars-Geeks?
    It would also be really cool if somebody would finally find those lost Crayt-Dragon bones from Episode IV and think they belong to some kind of dinosaur…

  9. #9 Jerzy
    December 22, 2008

    I think somewhere in Morocco there is a village which played Star Wars desert planet. Yep. one with the famous cantina.

    And apparently giant plastic skeletons of alien snake-beasts used as props in part I are still somewhere in the desert…

  10. #10 Zach Miller
    December 22, 2008

    It’s the Krayt Dragon!

  11. #11 Stevo Darkly
    December 22, 2008

    Jerzy: Some scenes set on the desert planet of Tatooine were filmed in the Tunisian city of Tataouine … 🙂

  12. #12 Simon M. Clabby
    December 22, 2008

    -It would also be really cool if somebody would finally find those lost Crayt-Dragon bones from Episode IV and think they belong to some kind of dinosaur…-

    Well, they are from the “Brontosaurus rex” as seen in “One of our Dinosaurs is Missing”…

  13. #13 DaMatriX
    December 22, 2008

    LOL, very funny 🙂 I wasn’t aware Spinosaurs were endemic to Tatooine, but it’s not that strange. After all, quantum mechanics dictates that there are countless parallel universes, and somewhere there is a planet Tatooine with a exact clone of YOU living on it!

    By the way, the hilarious “utini” textmarks realy completes the whole arrangement 😉

    Greetings from a Dutch fan of the person who writes the most readable and enjoyable articles about ancient animals! Merry Christmas!

  14. #14 Cory Trego-Erdner ("Moai")
    December 22, 2008

    Now, I’ve seen graffiti that is more technically impressive, but as far as sheer awesomeness goes, this takes the cake. The fact that they actually wrote out that word that Jawas cry out is the icing on said cake.

  15. #15 neil
    December 23, 2008

    Pure genius 😀

  16. #16 Alan Kellogg
    December 23, 2008

    That picture made me realize that one of the biggest perils facing anyone traveling back in time to the Age of Dinosaurs is getting dumped on by a sauropod.

  17. #17 David Marjanovi?
    December 23, 2008

    That has to be the most anatomically correct graffiti I’ve seen in a long time.

    But… but… but… bbbbbbut… Darren!!! How could you!!! You pronated the left forearm!!!!eleventyone!!!1! I am appalled.

    quantum mechanics dictates that there are countless parallel universes

    Nope, not at all. That’s just one possible interpretation of it (…and probably one of the silliest).

    CHIGGIDDABOO!

    Meddle not in the affairs of Klingons, for they are prepared to kill you where you stand.

  18. #18 Frasque
    December 23, 2008

    Those jawas better hush up. If that sucker hears them and turns around, they’re snacks!

  19. #19 Sclerophanax
    December 23, 2008

    So, I guess “a long time ago” is approximately 100 million years bp. Assuming of course that travel from a galaxy far, far away doesn’t take more than ten million years…

  20. #20 Devonian
    December 23, 2008

    I always thought Jawas said “Wutidi”…

  21. #21 Graeme Elliott
    December 24, 2008

    Oootini surely….

  22. #22 ScottE
    December 26, 2008

    “Oootini surely….”

    Dunno. “Utini” is somehow funnier.

  23. #23 Dr Vector
    January 1, 2009

    It would also be really cool if somebody would finally find those lost Crayt-Dragon bones from Episode IV and think they belong to some kind of dinosaur…

    They’re no longer lost, and they do belong to a dinosaur. Full story here.

  24. #24 Raptor Lewis
    January 5, 2009

    That is the most antomically correct Spinosaurus that I have seen in a long time. For some reason, dinosaur books hardly mention this theropod. When they do, they give it the head of a Tyrannosaurid. Why is that?

  25. #25 JakeM
    December 2, 2010

    @24 If I remember correctly it is because the skull was unknown for decades, leading artists to fill it in themselves. As Darren’s discussed in other posts the artistic memes can be quite persuasive and persistent; in this case even after the skull was discovered.

  26. #26 Tim Morris
    December 3, 2010

    “Look sir, Droid!”

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