ARDMORE, Okla. — Paleontologist and National Geographic explorer Nizar Ibrahim will kick off the 2019 Profiles and Perspectives Community Enrichment Series.
Ibrahim’s presentation, “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous,” will be held on Thursday, March 7. His talk will showcase his story and video of how this prehistoric giant – larger than T. rex – was found, almost lost to science, and found again.
Sponsored by the Noble Foundation, each Profiles and Perspectives event is free of charge and open to the public. All programs begin at 7 p.m. and are held at the Ardmore Convention Center.
For many years, Ibrahim has been obsessed with one of the greatest mysteries in paleontology, the giant predatory dinosaur and one of the most bizarre animals to ever evolve, Spinosaurus.
Ibrahim has scoured the vast 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.
He has uncovered rare dinosaur footprints, giant ancient fish, fossil snakes, crocodile-like predators and a new species of prehistoric flying reptile with a 25-foot wingspan that lived 95 million years ago.
The 2019 season will continue on Thursday, Aug. 29, 2019, with “When Life Blows Up, Build a Tribe,” by Shilo Harris, wounded warrior, veteran and motivational speaker.
The season will conclude on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019, with “Mending Broken Linkages: Soil, Plants, Herbivores, and Humans,” by Fred Provenza, Ph.D., professor emeritus of Behavioral Ecology at Utah State University Department of Wildland Resources.
The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation Inc. (noblefoundation.org), headquartered in Ardmore, Oklahoma, is a private foundation dedicated to continuing the philanthropic legacy of Lloyd Noble by funding agricultural research and making charitable grants that cultivate good health, support education and build stronger communities.