, , , , , ,

The fossil that inspired Alien: 300 million-year-old relic which designer used to create extra-terrestrials in sci-fi classic

Most of us do not believe in aliens but looking at this strange fossil might just make you stop and think.

This relic is in fact the ancient fossil that inspired the extra-terrestrial antagonists in Ridley Scott’s classic sci-fi horror, Alien.

The creator of Alien was Swiss surrealist artist, Hans Rudolf Giger, who was sought out by Ridley Scott to design the creatures after he saw Giger’s artwork Necronom IV, one among his many designs that are said to have been based on the fossils.

Scroll down for video

Alien abduction: This 300-million-year-old fossil, which inspired the artist who designed the extra-terrestrial antagonist of the Alien films, was stolen and and later returned to a museum in Switzerland

Alien abduction: This 300-million-year-old fossil, which inspired the artist who designed the extra-terrestrial antagonist of the Alien films, was stolen and and later returned to a Swiss museum

Mr Giger’s designs – one of which was all too memorably seen bursting out of a character’s chest on screen – went on to win his team an Academy Award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects on the 1979 film and the franchise that followed.

But the stranger than fiction fossil is actually the remains of an early form of life that existed on our own planet an incredible 300 million years ago.

Police believe the thief – who broke into the case and stole the Aathal dinosaur museum’s prize exhibit – is a fossil collector.

The iconic scene Ridley Scott's film when one of the alien's wrapped itself around John Hurt's face
The iconic scene in Ridley Scott’s film when one of the alien’s wrapped itself around John Hurt’s face
The relic was the inspiration for Ridley Scott's blockbuster film Alien and was seen busting out of a character's chest The relic was the inspiration for Ridley Scott's blockbuster film Alien and was seen busting out of a character's chest
The relic was the inspiration for Ridley Scott’s blockbuster film Alien

Last week police released the photo in a bid to find the exhibit and track down whoever who took it.

And now the priceless piece has been returned after it was put into the museum’s post box tucked inside a padded envelope.

Museum curator Dr. Thomas Bolliger said: ‘It was comparatively undamaged – although one of the arms had broken off.

‘It really is a remarkable fossil and shows two separate species of a spineless animal that lived at the bottom of the sea around 300 million years ago.’

A museum spokesman added: ‘It is a very valuable but also a very unique fossil and it will be very difficult for anybody to sell or indeed to keep secret given the publicity around the theft.’

Inspired: Necronom IV by H.R. Giger, based on the ancient Swiss fossils and the artwork that got Mr Giger the Academy Award-winning job as head of the Alien design team
Inspired: Necronom IV by H.R. Giger is based on the ancient Swiss fossils and is the artwork that got Mr Giger the Academy Award-winning job as head of the Alien design team

Chestburster scene from Alien (1979)

Source www.dailymail.co.uk

Leave a Reply

28 Comments on "The fossil that inspired Alien: 300 million-year-old relic which designer used to create extra-terrestrials in sci-fi classic"

Notify of
avatar
Guest

Giving me shit and gigles

Guest

What the f…this is from holywood mouvie..Alien vs predator

Guest

El octavo pasajero.

Guest
Guest

Yipper . this is an account of a real ailion of a kind.

Guest

Wow

Guest

Alien v/s Predator

Guest

Ancient squid fossil .

Guest

hollywood move like that

Guest

OMG !!! I never knew !! How friggin’ cool is that !!!

Guest

All you can eat King Crab legs , at the China Buffet , Yummm !!! LOL

Guest

I hate those things

Guest

I thought one was attacking me in my sleep once. It was only my wife trying to smother me. Phew

Guest

Need a scared as shit button

Guest

So its been stolen, never to be seen again! Funny that!!

Guest

I never knew that. Pretty cool article.

Guest

Bryan Abrahamsen

Guest

I’ll never sleep again

Guest

Check this story out Chris Hasty cool!

Guest

Itz like a mutated alien being seems like an experiment…

Guest

Those “tentacles” seriously look like a human hand! (with very long fingers)

Guest

You think that’s creepy? Wait till they burst out your belly!

Guest

ESTRAÑO SI QUE ES, PARECE UN PULPO.

Guest

First thing I thought this animal looks like an octopus, which is an alien type of life form, so it was no surprise that this one lived in the sea.

Guest

Creepy !

Guest

Still look like a vag with a dick lol

Guest

Wtf they did exited I though they were only a myt the council 5 told me

wpDiscuz