Award-winning paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, will be at the Royal Theatre to talk about his work in North Africa looking for clues to life in the Cretaceous period during the next NatGeo Live presentation May 2 entitled Spinosaurus, Lost Giant of the Cretaceous. Photo courtesy Royal and McPherson Theatre Society

Dinosaurs taking centre stage at National Geographic event

NatGeo Live series finale May 2 at the Royal features renowned paleontologist

Be transported back to a time when dinosaurs roamed the deserts of North Africa, with National Geographic Live’s Spinosaurus, Lost Giant of the Cretaceous, coming to the Royal Theatre on May 2.

This special evening and final event in the NatGeo Live series features German/Moroccan paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim, who will tell tales of his search for some of the biggest dinosaurs to ever walk the Earth, and his discovery of what is believed to be the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur, Spinosaurus aegypticus.

A post-doctoral scholar in vertebrate anatomy and paleontology at the University of Chicago, Ibrahim was the National Geographic Emerging Explorer in 2014 and the following year was named a TED fellow, the first paleontologist in the history of the program.

He was part of an international team of scientists who scoured the deserts of Morocco and beyond, looking for clues to life in the Cretacous period. Along with many huge dinosaur bones, he has discovered fossil footprints and a new species of flying reptile with an 18-foot wingspan believed to have lived 95 million years ago.

His findings can be found in the journal Science and as a cover story for National Geographic magazine.

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

Hear this internationally renowned scientist at the Royal on Wednesday, May 2. Tickets are available online at rmts.bc.ca, by phone at 250-386-6121 or at the Royal or McPherson Theatre box offices.

editor@vicnews.com

Just Posted

THE FIERY FLAMENCO: Annual festival set to heat up Victoria

Performances free and ticketed, plus workshops, highlight celebration of the dance

Emily Carr String Quartet set for summer concert in Sooke

Sooke Harbour House concert on July 29

31st annual TD Art Gallery Paint-In promises something for every taste in art, food

Moss Street from Fort to Dallas will be covered, with artists, vendors, and attendees this July 21

ARTISTS TOUR: Follow the fish to Metchosin and East Sooke

Stinking Fish group presents its annual summer studio tour July 27-31

MusicFest weekend in the Comox Valley ‘fantastic’

Walk Off the Earth, other acts liven up annual music festival in Comox Valley

Big-time racing on tap in Langford this month

Western Speedway the place to be for a roaring good time in summer

Black Press videographer to direct full-length feature, wins Telefilm grant worth $125,000

Arnold Lim to expand story of All-In Madonna with writer Susie Winters, producer Ana de Lara

Five fun things to do this weekend

From a paint in to festivals, there are lots of fun events taking place this weekend

Saanich Fair: An idea is born

The attaining of a 150th year anniversary is a notable event in… Continue reading

Reviews are in for B.C.-shot ‘Skyscraper’ action movie

City’s film liaison recalls four days of filming at city hall last fall, with Dwayne Johnson on set

B.C. singer up against Shania Twain for Canadian country music award

Madeline Merlo and Shania Twain are two of five nominees for female artist of the year.

Nicolas Cage films in B.C. town

Hollywood actor filming A Score to Settle in North Okanagan

Canadian actress Sandra Oh makes Emmys history with ‘Killing Eve’ nomination

Oh made history as the first Asian woman to be nominated for an Emmy Award for lead actress in a drama series.

Most Read