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Mimetoliths: Rock Formations That Look Almost Like Living Creatures

Disclaimer: The thoughts and opinions in this article are those of the author. This post is for entertainment purposes only.

Hardwired To See Faces

Facial identification as well as being able to see if someone or something is animate or inanimate is a matter of human survival. Since birth we have learned to identify the pattern of a human face. 

This ability to learn patterns and apply them to areas of our lives aids us in learning and processing our environment. 

So it’s no surprise that we sometimes see faces where their are none. Such as in clouds, splatter paint on a wall, or even the elusive Man in the Moon. 

We can see faces of people and animals in all aspects of nature, and sometimes it’s nature that chooses what we see. 

Mimetoliths or Remnants of an Ancient world? 

There is a debate going on between geologists and enthusiasts about the nature of mimetoliths

The word is derived from the latin “mime” to mimic and “liths” meaning rock or stone. Literally it is a stone formation that imitates life, or something living. 

This type of anthropomorphized rocks can be anything from striation that resembles human muscle, to large formations with apparent human features such as faces, body shape, hands, or more. 

The debate comes from a rising belief that some, not all, but some of the mimetoliths around the world are not naturally formed rock formations but are instead fossilized giants. Remnants of a bygone era when the world was filled not only with giant people, but also animals and plants. 

 Some of the arguments for the giants are quite convincing, but then again, so are the arguments of the geologists. 

Whichever way you lean, I think we can all agree that these types of rock formations are amazing and fascinating, and they definitely awaken the imagination. 

5 Amazing Mimetoliths That Make You Wonder

Old Man of The Mountain

Old man of the mountain

Located in the White Mountains of Newhampshire this was probably one of the most iconic mimetoliths to date. A survey crew first noticed it’s rugged profile in 1805. But it wasn’t until 1850 when the cliff side became famous thanks to Nathaniel hawthorn’s short story “The Great Stone Face” 

Over the decades the harsh winters took their toll on the Old Man’s face as the freeze and thaw erosion worked its way into every nook and cranny. Though conservation efforts were made to try and save the formation it finally crumbled on a wet and windy night in 2003. The forces that shaped it also destroyed it. RIP Old Man of the Mountain. 

Camel Rock Formations

camel in Bolivia

Camel rock formations are seen in quite a few places. I think I remember seeing some, as well as turtle looking rocks, on my way to Flaming Gorge on the border of Utah and Wyoming. They come in many shape and sizes, and all one really needs is a handful of undulating boulders next to each other and our pattern oriented brains say “camel.”

camel rock in Egypt

Camel Rock in Gabbanat El Bagawat In Eagypt and another in Bolivia are just two prime examples of how nature can create her own statues for us to enjoy. 


Mitten Rock Formations 

Mitten rocks in monument valley

In Monument Valley located in southern Utah are a series of mesas that have captured the imagination of people for decades if not longer. These particular rock formations form what appear to be a pair of mittens. Although there are others that claim they look like tree stumps from giant trees that had died and fallen down. 

Indeed one can easily find broken tree stumps with similar shapes. 

Elephant Rock Formations

elephant rock formations in thailand

Along with camels, elephants are another commonly cited mimetoliths. The elegant shape of the three elephants in Thailand compared to the broad and almost realistic version found in Iceland, really does make one wonder about giant creatures. elephant rock in Iceland


Devils Tower Wyoming 

devils tower

Always a popular spot, it has been used for a couple of centuries as a natural landmark. It was made famous in the movie Close Encounter Of The Third Kind. 

However until the early 1900’s it had been known as Bear’s Lodge by the Native Americans. They also referred to it as Grey Horn Butte, Tree Rock, and The Place Where the Bear Lives. 

It is believed that a mistranslation where someone confused bad god with bear and so Colonel Richard Irving Dodge wrote that “the Indians call this place ‘bad god’s tower’ a name adopted with proper modification…” and thus Devil’s Tower came into existence. 

While it is a popular site for tourists and climbers it is not without controversy. In 2014 petitions were submitted to change the name back to Bear’s Lodge. 

Others have latched on to the name Tree Rock as proof that it is actually the stump of a giant tree that had been fossilized. 

The Wonders Of Mother Nature

Nature is full of mystery and supposition.

 Who is truly an authority on our Mother Earth? 

Many claim to have all the answers. But as I explore the many avenues, the twists and turns, that mysteries of nature provide us. I have come to the conclusion that there are far more questions than answers. 

But here is something we can, hopefully, all agree on. That these rock formations found all over the earth are inspiring. They allow our pattern seeking minds a place to rest and wonder about how the earth works. And what part we have to play in the grand scheme of things. 

Comment below with your favorite mimetoliths or fossilized giants. All theories are welcomed here.


About Author

Jenn Gaskin

After more than a decade in education I decided to turn my copious skills to writing. I have been freelance writing for Dancing Tree Gifts (formerly Sonora Kay Creations) since 2019. I wear many hats with DTG primarily copy editor, author, and web design.