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Lunch Break Science: Spinosaurus – Hell Heron of the Cretaceous?


  • May 12, 2021 | 12:00 pm

Thanks to some unusual anatomical features and a lack of complete skeletons, the huge and predatory North African dinosaur Spinosaurus has been somewhat enigmatic since its discovery.

Although long interpreted as a fish eater of some kind, recent finds have led to the hypothesis that this sail-backed giant was actively chasing after fish in the water. However, close examination of all the available information suggests instead that these animals acted more like giant (if flightless) herons or storks, patrolling the margins of water, both fishing and taking small animals on land.

Register to hear more about one paleontologist’s journey to uncover the 99-million-year-old truth.

What: “Spinosaurus: Hell Heron of the Cretaceous?,” presented by Dr. David Hone, Senior Lecturer in Zoology at the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences (SBCS), Queen Mary University of London
When: Wednesday, May 12, 12 – 12:45 pm
Where: Zoom meeting in the comfort of your home
This digital Lunch Break Science is free to attend, but registration is required. Registration will be open until 10:30 am on the day of the event.

You will be sent a link and password to access the talk at 11 am on the day of the event.