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Dinosaurs In Literature, History and Art:
Tyrannosaurus Depiction on Pre-Columbian Teponaztle? (Ancient Drum)... Page 59

At the House of Music in Mexico, they've collected a number of ancient artifacts from ancient, pre-columbian, Hispanic cultures such as the Maya and the Aztecs. This particular piece is identified as a zoomorphic teponzatle or drum. Zoomophic means that it is in the shape of an animal.

To our eyes it looks like a particular type of animal; a dinosaur thought to have become extinct millions of years ago, a tyrannosaur or other closely related meat eater.Sure, we're just speculating. It's possible that if we had another photographic view of this ancient artifact we might draw a completely different conclusion. what do you think?

The Teponaztle

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"The Aztec Drum or teponaztle is a rectangular shaped drum played by the Aztec and Mayan people of Old Mexico before the European conquest. Their ancient playing style, which combines sounds from two or more tongues cut into the drum body, was lost in the 16th century.

Today, the original playing techniques are utilized by traditional Mexican dance groups.

The drum is played by striking the tongues on top of the instrument with rubber tipped mallets. By combining the sound patterns, the player can create intricate and endless rhythms. A pair of mallets are included with each drum".... Cottage Woodworks

Pre-Columbian Era

“The pre-Columbian era incorporates all period subdivisions in the history and prehistory of the Americas before the appearance of significant European influences on the Americas continent. Click and drag photo to resize.

While technically referring to the era before Christopher Columbus, in practice the term usually includes the history of American indigenous cultures as they continued to develop beyond the first Columbian landing in 1492, until they were conquered or significantly influenced by the Europeans' presence, even if this happened decades or even centuries after the initial landing.

Pre-Columbian is used especially often in the context of the great indigenous civilizations of the Americas, such as those of Mesoamerica (the Aztec and Maya) and the Andes (Inca, Moche, Chibcha)”. ……Wikipedia


"Tyrannosaurus from the Greek "τυραννόσαυρος", meaning 'tyrant lizard' is a genus of tyrannosaurid theropod dinosaur. The species Tyrannosaurus rex, commonly abbreviated to T. rex, is one of the dinosaurs most often featured in popular culture around the world.

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It hails from what is now western North America. Some scientists consider Tarbosaurus bataar from Asia to represent a second species of Tyrannosaurus, while others maintain Tarbosaurus as a separate genus.

Like other tyrannosaurids, Tyrannosaurus was a bipedal carnivore with a massive skull balanced by a long, heavy tail. Relative to the large and powerful hindlimbs, Tyrannosaurus forelimbs were small and retained only two digits.

Although other theropods rivaled or exceeded T. rex in size, it was the largest known tyrannosaurid and one of the largest known land predators, measuring over 13 metres (43 feet) in length and up to 7.5 tons in weight".……Wikipedia

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