Dinosaurs Walk the Google Earth

Dinosaurs in Google EarthIn this satellite photo, you can clearly see the above-view, and especially the distinctive shadows, of a Brontosaurus and a T-Rex walking along in the backyard of a manufacturing plant in Alpha, New Jersey. It turns out someone found these in Google Earth last July. GoogleSightseeing wrote a blog entry about the dinosaurs a couple of days ago, and found out more information. For one thing, there is also a cave man between and slightly to the north of the two dinosaurs. And, there’s a triceratops on the premises as well, which someone who commented on the story found. Check the dinosaurs out in Google Earth here , and here’s a link to Google Maps to the area.
According to GoogleSightseeing’s post, these dinosaurs were built by Woody Hauser who works at the G J Oliver Company which manufactures and designs lube oil systems, and fabricates steel for industrial use. In his spare time, Woody designs and builds dinosaurs out of steel. Here are some ground-level photos of the dinosaurs.
By the way, here are some other dinosaurs found near the McDonnell Planetarium in St. Louis. I was just visiting this excellent planetarium a couple of weeks ago, and highly recommend it. The guy who runs the planetarium, Gregg Maryniak, formerly ran the Ansari X-Prize project when Burt Rutan won the $10 Milion prize with Space Ship One. You can see a life-sized model of Space Ship One in the lobby, and many other awesome space and aviation related exhibits. The planetarium is part of the excellent St. Louis Science Center. Digg it!

About Frank Taylor

Frank Taylor started the Google Earth Blog in July, 2005 shortly after Google Earth was first released. He has worked with 3D computer graphics and VR for many years and was very impressed with this exciting product. Frank completed a 5.5 year circumnavigation of the earth by sailboat in June 2015 which you can read about at Tahina Expedition, and is a licensed pilot, backpacker, diver, and photographer.


  1. The Crystal Palace dinosaurs are at 51d25’03.44″N 0d04’02.30″W
    They’re the first dinosaur models ever made. If slightly inaccurate 🙂
    Here’s the location in Google Local:

  2. Hello 🙂 There are several model dinosaurs at ‘Days Motor Park’ in Swansea, Wales, UK. They are quite large too, you can see them if you take a look.
    I only live a few streets away! 🙂

  3. Dinosaurs also in Cabazon, California at
    33 (deg) 55’13.41″ N and
    116 (deg) 46’22.47″ W
    or: 33.920470, -116.773203
    Great shadow on the Brontosaurus (Apatosaurs) and the Rex is a little harder to see but due north of the obvious one! I have photos from there from the mid 1980s, when I found your “dinosaurs on google earth” I just had to go back and see the ones in Southern California were still there.

  4. Yes Ellin, I found both the Rex and the Brontosaurus quite clearly. I added the decimal version of the coordinates which are easy for people to cut/paste into Google Earth or Google Maps:
    33.920470, -116.773203

  5. You may enjoy some of these pictures, too – although I doubt if they’ll ever show on Google Earth!

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