(This story is sponsored by Vancouver Civic Theatres.)
There’s something about dinosaurs that really captivates the imagination. The thought of giant predators roaming the Earth millions of years ago is frightening and cool in equal measure. The very idea that monsters of such magnitude could exist in nature elicits a fascination that knows no bounds.
And now, for the first time ever, Vancouverites have the chance to experience the wonder of the Cretaceous Period live on-stage as part of the National Geographic Live speaker series presented by Vancouver Civic Theatres.
“Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous” takes place at the Orpheum Theatre (601 Smithe Street) on Wednesday (October 10), kicking off four unmissable shows taking audiences behind the scenes from the front lines of exploration with some of National Geographic’s most dynamic and entertaining explorers.
Alongside stunning imagery and gripping footage, the audience will be able to get up close with some of the greatest storytellers in the world. Nizar Ibrahim launches the series with the real-life “tale for the ages” and the rediscovery of the spinosaurus—the largest-known dinosaur to have ever lived. But despite being bigger than the T. Rex, this prehistoric giant was almost—quite unbelievably—lost to science.
Discovered more than half a century ago in Morocco by the great German paleontologist Ernst Stromer, spinosaurus’s fossil remains were destroyed in the Allied bombing of Germany during the Second World War. But in a job that has our inner five-year-old squealing with delight, Ibrahim has made it his life’s work to scour the deserts of North Africa for clues to the life of this magnificent monster.
As a postdoctoral scholar in vertebrate anatomy and paleontology at the University of Chicago and a 2014 National Geographic emerging explorer, Ibrahim has led several paleontological expeditions to the Sahara Desert, in search of some of the most enigmatic fossil assemblages.
With the help of some of his recent discoveries and Stromer’s data and drawings, contemporary scientists, including Ibrahim, have reconstructed a full skeletal model of the spinosaurus. It’s been featured on the National Geographic Channel and presented in the National Geographic Museum.
In “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous” Ibrahim will recreate the lost world of the Cretaceous Era Sahara to tell the story of this ancient monster’s discovery, loss, and rediscovery, and explain what—other than its size—makes it unique.
Don’t miss your opportunity to see this unique educational show! Enter below for your chance to win two tickets to “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous” taking place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday (October 10) at the Orpheum theatre.
Tickets for the entire National Geographic Live series are on sale now and can be purchased here. Special pricing for family-packs and student matinees is available. For more information visit the Vancouver Civic Theatres website.
Two tickets to National Geographic Live “Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous” at the Orpheum Theatre on October 10.
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Contest Deadline: Monday, October 8, 3:00 am
Winner(s) will be contacted either by phone or email.