National Geographic Live: Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous featuring Paleotonlogist Nizar Ibrahim
January 24, 2019
Intended for Grades 2-6
National Geographic Live: Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous featuring Paleotonlogist Nizar Ibrahim
Presented by Clowes Education

Registered School Groups: Student $8.00, Adult $15.00

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. A wonderful way to take your students on an inside look at this amazing creature! Photo Credit: Kat Keene Hogue

Interactive Story Telling, 60 minutes

National Geographic

Curriculum Connections: Science, Social Studies, Communication and Language Arts


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Key Standards related to this performance:

3. Earth and Space Science.4

        Determine how fossils are formed, discovered, layered over time, and used to provide evidence of the organisms and the environments in which they lived long ago.

4. Earth and Space Science.3 –

        Describe how geological forces change the shape of the land suddenly and over time.

Theatre Responding –

      Anchor Standard 7: Perceive and analyze artistic work

Enduring Understanding: Theatre artists reflect to understand the impact of drama processes and theatre experiences.

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