Apatosaurine cervicals of the ancient Maya civilisation

March 25, 2020

Our old sparring partner Cary Woodruff is a big fan of Monarobot, a Mexican artist who does all of her pieces in a Maya artistic style. So he commissioned this piece:

Anyone can tell that this is an apatosaurine cervical in anterior view — but which apatosaurine cervical? SV-POW Dollars(*) await the first person to correctly identify it.

Cary points out that one neat thing about the art is the colours: where possible, Monarobot uses colors the Mayas used. That blue in the vertebra is a special plant-based pigment they created.

As things stand, Cary owns the world’s only copy of this piece. But he points out that it’s born-digital, so anyone else who wants a copy is at liberty to order one; and he’s gracious enough not to object to the dilution of his print’s uniqueness. I don’t think there is a way to order directly online, but you can contact Monarobot in various places:


(*) Street value of SV-POW Dollars: zero.


7 Responses to “Apatosaurine cervicals of the ancient Maya civilisation”

  1. Mike Says:

    Apatosaurus genus given those cervical ribs that are extremely ventral to the centrum. Bifid neural spine

  2. Marco Says:

    Apatosaurus ajax I suppose

  3. ijreid Says:

    Hard to distinguish between Apatosaurus louisae CM 3018 Cv13 and Cv12, but probably Cv13 based on the robusticity of the cervical rib.

  4. Mike Taylor Says:

    BAM!, we have a winner! Congratulations, ijreid, you win one million billion billion SV-POW! dollars!

  5. Eduardo Escorcia Says:

    When I first read the title I thought that perhaps a new discovery was made in which the Mayans possessed a real apatosaurus vertebra attributed to some Mayan hell monster or some god and that they worshiped that fossil. That would have been amazing!
    I like the illustration here anyway.
    By the way I want to become a rigorous paleoartist and I would love to have your professional opinion about my work and maybe start collaborating with SV-POW! in case you need illustrations for this extraordinary blog. Greetings Mike you are the best!😎

  6. Mike Taylor Says:

    Sorry the post was a disappointment after the title!

    We are not really the people to give opinions about palaeoart in general — only where it relates to sauropod anatomy. The best guide I know of is Mark Witton’s The Paleaoartist’s Handbook (which is also amazingly inexpensive).

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