The Great Armadillo Dinosaur

Bert I. Gordon’s King Dinosaur (1955) briefly features an armadillo as a prehistoric beast. They actually are! Armadillos are the lone representatives of the ancient order Cingulata. The word “armadillo” derives from the Aztec “azotochtli” meaning “turtle-rabbit”. Gordon used a Nine-banded Armadillo, the common and only U.S. species, in filming King Dinosaur.

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3 Responses to “The Great Armadillo Dinosaur”

  1. The armadillo was probably a convenient creature to use here, but I can’t help wondering if this was a quotation from the great Tod Browning who used armadillos in Dracula’s castle in Transylvania.

  2. Yeah that’s right Stan. There’s also a hyena in Nosferatu! And an opossum in Dracula. Was there an armadillo in the Spanish-Mex version of Drac?

  3. I watched the George Melford-directed “Spanish version” of Dracula just to be sure, and I didn’t see any armadillos, although there was a shot of a rat that didn’t occur in the Tod Browning Dracula.

    http://boards.straightdope.com/sdmb/showthread.php?t=489816

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