300mn-year-old fossil inspired sci-fi classic Alien's extra-terrestrials
London, Jan. 29: A 300-million-year-old fossil was used by designers to create extra-terrestrials in Ridley Scott's classic sci-fi horror, 'Alien.'
Swiss surrealist artist, Hans Rudolf Giger, who was the creator of the alien form in the movie, was sought out by Scott to design them after he saw his artwork Necronom IV, one among many of his designs that are said to be based on fossils, the Daily Mail reported.
Giger's designs - one of which was all too memorably seen bursting out of a character's chest on screen - went on to win his team an Academy Award for Best Achievement for Visual Effects on the 1979 film and the franchise that followed.
The fossil is actually the remains of an early form of life that existed on our own planet an incredible 300 million years ago.