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Month: October 2017

Nat Geo Live – Nizar Ibrahim: Spinosaurus, Lost Giant of the Cretaceous

Not a VicPS event, but this may be of interest to anyone keen on palaeontology.

At the Royal Theatre, May 2, 2018, 7 pm, with tickets starting at $42.50. Ticket sales started on September 11. From the event page here:

Nizar Ibrahim, Paleontologist

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous

Meet Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur yet discovered—larger than T.rex—and hear the incredible story of how this prehistoric giant was almost lost to science, before being brought back to light with the help of a remarkable young paleontologist.

Discovered more than half a century ago in Morocco by the great German paleontologist Ernst Stromer, Spinosaurus’ fossil remains were lost in the Allied bombing of Germany during World War II. With the help of recent fossil discoveries in the desert, and Stromer’s own data and drawings, contemporary scientists including German/Moroccan paleontologist and National Geographic Emerging Explorer Nizar Ibrahim have reconstructed a full skeletal model of Spinosaurus, which has been featured on the National Geographic Channel and presented in the National Geographic Museum.

With amazing video recreating the lost world of the Cretaceous-era Sahara, Ibrahim will tell the story of Spinosaurus’ discovery, loss, and rediscovery, and explain what—other than its size—makes this ancient monster unique.

October 22 2017 field trip

Date:  Sunday, October 22nd, 2017

Meeting Location and Time:  Helmcken Road Park and Ride; 09:00 AM.

Safety and Equipment: This is the site of a former excavation, so you should expect to be walking on rocks and boulders that can be slippery and treacherous.

Equipment: Fossils are found in the rock and concretions, so a good hammer or sledge, chisel, and protective eyewear are required.

Please see the email to Society members for a good description of the location and what you may expect to find.