Where does come from?
Well, it’s about time! It may not have taken 66-million years (which is when dinosaurs vanished from the Earth), but a lot of people were long anticipating the arrival of this emoji. There were forums and web pages devoted to it, and even the Natural History Museum in London got on board with an internet-wide “Sauropod Emoji Campaign.” People complained about too many chickens and a plethora of train emoji. “Why no dinosaurs?” they cried.
The sauropod was finally approved as part of Unicode 10.0 in 2017 and added to Emoji 5.0 in 2017, which is when the T-rex emoji also appeared. Across platforms, the sauropod appears mostly blue or green and is full-bodied except for Facebook’s version, which features the head only.
Sometimes you just have to wait for nice things.
Who uses ?
Dinosaur fans were flat-out elated when the sauropod emoji appeared.
However, the word dinosaur can sometimes imply a negative, and the emoji can be used to relate to a person or thing (a business or tradition, for example) that is out of step with the current times or about to become obsolete.
It can also be used to refer to something outrageously large.
— Clare without an i (@SciClare) October 4, 2017
I just found the dinosaur emojis 🦖🦕 there will be no living with me now. ALSO, FYI Emoji designers, to make a proper food web, i now need prehistoric plants that look like #cycads, #ferns, #mosses – get on it! #foodweb #scicomm via #emoji #dinosaur
— Papaya Pythons (@PapayaPythons) May 7, 2018
Now that we have the emoji, people can also use it to embarrass their pets.
When you go to Walmart at midnight for no reason. I bought Kiwi a dinosaur costume 🦕🦖 pic.twitter.com/61G5ZhlAKE
— Uzi ♑️ [B42] [X3L] (@uziprincess89) September 4, 2018
It’s great for promoting all things dinosaurs …
Journey back in time with our friendly herbivores at the brand new 2nd main stage Wompy Woods! We’re stoked to unveil this 5 story high BEAST of a stage next weekend!! 🦕 pic.twitter.com/nUQy3V2IFv
— Lost Lands (@lost_lands) September 4, 2018
and for promoting other “necessary emoji” campaigns!
Happy #WorldEmojiDay! We wish there was an official #Nessie #emoji (maybe based on the surgeon’s photo), but for now, which of these Nessie-esque emojis is your favourite?
🦕🐊🦖🦎🐍🐲🐉#Lochnessmonster #lochness #dinosaur #dragon #lizard #snake #scotland #emojiday #nessieemoji pic.twitter.com/xS4BJB2JsC
— Loch Ness Centre (@LochNessCentre) July 17, 2018