National Geographic Explorer Talks Dinosaurs at Grunin Center Oct. 5

Tickets Still Available for ‘Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous’ With Nizar Ibrahim
Sep 26, 2018

Join explorer and paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim as National Geographic’s touring speaker series – “National Geographic Live” – comes to the Jay and Linda Grunin Center for the Arts on Friday, Oct. 5. “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous” begins at 7 p.m.

The German-Moroccan Ibrahim, a postdoctoral scholar in vertebrate anatomy and paleontology at the University of Chicago and 2014 National Geographic Emerging Explorer, “scours the deserts of North Africa for clues to life in the Cretaceous period, when the area was a large river system teeming with a profusion of diverse life,” National Geographic explains. “In addition to unearthing many huge dinosaur bones, he has discovered fossil footprints and a new species of flying reptile with an 18-foot wingspan that lived 95 million years ago.

“Ibrahim’s remarkable story and the findings of an international team of scientists were just published in the journal Science and as a cover story for National Geographic magazine. What has been unveiled appears to be the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus aegyptiacus.”

Ibrahim’s upcoming paper describing the ecosystem of what is now Morocco’s Sahara Desert in the mid-Cretaceous period promises to be a milestone, providing a detailed account of the diversity, paleoecology and geologic context of fossil vertebrates from North Africa.

Tickets to the Oct. 5 presentation are $35 and can be purchased online at grunincenter.org; by phone at 732-255-0500; or in person at the Grunin Center Box Office, Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Grunin Center is located on the OCC main campus on College Drive in Toms River. —J.K.-H.

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