Overture’s National Geographic Live Continues with WWII Destroyed Spinosaurus

For immediate release: Thursday, February 16, 2017
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Overture’s National Geographic Live Continues with WWII Destroyed Spinosaurus

The Exact Sciences sponsored series continues February 28 with paleontologist speaker who rediscovered the largest predatory dinosaur

Madison, Wis. –  Overture Center’s National Geographic Live series continues in the historic Capitol Theater on Tuesday, February 28, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. National Geographic emerging explorer Nizar Ibrahim, the first paleontologist to become a TED Fellow, will take the audience on a prehistoric journey through the story of Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.

With amazing video recreating the lost world of the Cretaceous-era Sahara, Ibrahim will tell the story of Spinosaurus’ discovery, loss, and rediscovery, and explain what—other than its size—makes this ancient predator unique.

Spinosaurus, the largest predatory dinosaur and first semiaquatic dinosaur was originally discovered more than half a century ago in the Egyptian Sahara by the German paleontologist Ernst Freiherr Stromervon Reichenbach. During the April 1944 Allied bombing of Munich, Germany, Stromer’s important fossil collection was completely destroyed. Fortunately, some of his notes, sketches and photos survived, along with his scientific publications. Inspired by Stromer’s work and legacy, Ibrahim began his own search for Spinosaurus, which led him to a site in the Moroccan Sahara where a partial skeleton of Spinosaurus was found in 2008. With funding from the National Geographic Society, Ibrahim worked with a team of paleontologists to analyze the new fossils and create a digital model of the skeleton using state-of-the-art technologies. The full skeletal model was featured in National Geographic magazine, on the National Geographic/NOVA special, “Bigger Than T. Rex,” and is currently serving as the centerpiece of a National Geographic traveling exhibition titled “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous.”

Tickets start at $35 and are on sale now:

  • In person at the Overture Center Ticket Office (201 State Street)
  • Online
  • By phone at 608.258.4141
  • Groups of ten or more eligible for discounts, email or call 608.258.4159

Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceousis part Overture’s National Geographic Liveseries and is sponsored by Exact Sciences.

The remaining 2016/17 National Geographic Live series titles are:

Rhinos, Rickshaws & Revelutions: My Search for Truth | Tuesday, April 4, 2017 7:30 p.m.

Among Giants: Life With Whales | Tuesday, May 2, 2017 7:30 p.m.

Overture Center for the Arts in Madison, Wisconsin features seven state-of-the-art performance spaces and five galleries where national and international touring artists, ten resident companies, and hundreds of local artists engage nearly half a million people in educational and artistic experiences each year.

National Geographic Live is the live events division of the National Geographic. With a broad roster of talent including renowned photographers, scientists, authors, filmmakers and adventurers, National Geographic Live’s critically acclaimed programs have connected with audiences worldwide for over a century. Currently, National Geographic Live events are held in 32 cities around the world, including Seattle, Chicago, Los Angeles, Singapore, and Sydney. In each of these cities, speakers share behind-the-scenes stories from the front lines of exploration on stage alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage.

Exact Sciences Corp. is a molecular diagnostics company focused on the early detection and prevention of the deadliest forms of cancer. The company has exclusive intellectual property protecting its noninvasive, molecular screening technology for the detection of colorectal cancer. Cologuard, the company’s FDA-approved, multi-target stool-DNA based colorectal cancer screening test, is included in the colorectal cancer screening recommendations of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (2016) and the American Cancer Society (2014), and stool DNA is included in the combined screening guidelines of the American Cancer Society/U.S. Multi-Society Task Force/American College of Radiology (2008) and American College of Gastroenterology (2009).


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