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Animals that inspire TV and movie aliens

Pig-tailed macque

Marty’s photo of the day #1688: This is a pig-tailed macaque, photographed on the island of Borneo. Throughout my travels, I’ve seen many animals that obviously inspired alien beings on TV and in movies. For instance the adult Jesus Christ lizard, featured in my new book,  Endangered Edens,  has a head that looks very much like the head of the creature in the Alien movies. As for this pig-tailed macaque, notice the Mr. Spock “Vulcan” ears.

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