Blinkbox in the UK celebrated the launch of ‘Game of Thrones Season 3′ by placing a 40-foot long dragon skull on Charmouth Beach, on the Jurassic Coast in Dorset, an area known for fossil finds. The size of a London bus, the skull appeared to locals to have been washed up on the beach. Dragons feature prominently in the series which is based on fantasy novels by George RR Martin. A team of three sculptors took over two months to design, construct and paint the skull, which measures 40ft long by 8ft wide and stands at over 9ft tall. – See more at: http://news.blinkbox.com/2013/07/15/giant-dragon-skull-assembled-on-jurassic-coast-to-mark-arrival-of-game-of-thrones-season-3-on-blinkbox/#sthash.UbogX7DB.dpuf
The dramatic work was inspired by a memorable scene in the series which sees character Arya Stark (Maisie Williams) discover a dragon skull in the dungeons of King’s Landing, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms. At this point in George RR Martin’s fantasy, the dragons are supposedly long dead, but it hints strongly at their return, which is a developing theme in the story. – See more at: http://news.blinkbox.com/2013/07/15/giant-dragon-skull-assembled-on-jurassic-coast-to-mark-arrival-of-game-of-thrones-season-3-on-blinkbox/#sthash.UbogX7DB.dpuf
The Jurassic coastline is home to a sequence of Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous rock formations spanning 185 million years of the Earth’s history. The last major fossil to be found on Charmouth beach was that of the Ichthyosaur, a dolphin like creature which lived 220-65 million years ago.
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