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

I am in awe.

Utini indeed...

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

By Tim Morris (not verified) on 21 Dec 2008 #permalink

Ancients of Mu Mu...

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...

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...

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

By Stevo Darkly (not verified) on 22 Dec 2008 #permalink

-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"...

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!

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.

By Cory Trego-Erd… (not verified) on 22 Dec 2008 #permalink

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.

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.

By David Marjanović (not verified) on 23 Dec 2008 #permalink

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

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...

By Sclerophanax (not verified) on 23 Dec 2008 #permalink

I always thought Jawas said "Wutidi"...

Oootini surely....

By Graeme Elliott (not verified) on 24 Dec 2008 #permalink

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.

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?

@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.

"Look sir, Droid!"

By Tim Morris (not verified) on 02 Dec 2010 #permalink