NatGeo Explorer Classroom: Unearthing Spinosaurus with Nizar Ibrahim, June 1 @ 7pm

A journey of mystical discovery with this National Geographic Explorer – the researcher behind the changing shape of one of the world's most enigmatic dinosaurs.

Thursday, May 28, 2020,
By Simon Ingram
Nizar Ibrahim's research centres on the extraordinary story of spinosaurus aegyptiacus. 

Nizar Ibrahim's research centres on the extraordinary story of spinosaurus aegyptiacus. 

Photograph by National Geographic

This National Geographic Explorer Classroom is live on June 1 at 7pm (BST); watch below. 

The National Geographic Society uses the power of science, exploration, education and storytelling to illuminate and protect the wonder of our world. Since its founding in 1888, the National Geographic Society has awarded more than 14,000 grants to National Geographic Explorers: scientists, conservationists, educators and storytellers. Over the past five years, more than 700 of these grants have been awarded to Explorers from Europe and Africa.

Now, in a new series of interactive online 'classrooms', you can meet National Geographic Explorers, including ones near you – and hear a little about the work they are doing to make the world a better place.

Earlier this month in a world exclusive, National Geographic published an article that tracked a new discovery about an icon of African palaeontology. Bigger than a T-rex and equipped with fearsome claws and jaws, spinosaurus is only now revealing its most startling secrets. Join Nizar Ibrahim on Dinosaur Day as he charts the story of his research – and is enigmatic subject.

 

THE STORY OF SPINOSAURUS

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Video: How Spinosaurus used its tail to swim

An animation shows how Spinosaurus may have used its paddle-like tail for propulsion in the water. Modeling: Davide Bonadonna and Fabio Manucci; animation and texturing: Fabio Manucci; color design: Davide Bonadonna, DI.MA. Dino Makers; scientific supervision: Simone Maganuco and Marco Auditore; reconstruction based on: Ibrahim et al., 2020, Nature.
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