Talks and shows

Giant fishing dinosaurs – uncovering the behaviour of Spinosaurus and allies

Join paleontologist Dr David Hone as he reconstructs the life of these unusual semi-aquatic dinosaurs

An articulated skeleton of Spinosaurus
An articulated skeleton of Spinosaurus, arranged in a swimming motion. Credit: Wikimedia

Event description

The huge African carnivorous dinosaur Spinosaurus has long been a source of fascination for palaeontologists with its unusual combination of crocodile-like snout and bony sail along its back. Recently, new specimens have fuelled the discussion over the ecology of this unusual animal and it’s less famous, but no less interesting British cousins including Baryonyx. So what were these animals up to, how did they live and what did they eat, could they swim and did they even fish?

The talk with feature dinosaur specimens from the speakers own collection, as well as a number of specimens loaned from the Natural History Museum.

This event is particularly suitable for ages 13+

Event type

This is a theatre event.

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About the speaker

Dr David Hone is a palaeontologist and writer whose research focuses on the behaviour and ecology of the dinosaurs and their flying relatives, the pterosaurs. His research is aimed at answering key questions about these animals and how they lived their lives in terms of their behaviour and ecology

David writes extensively online about palaeontology and science outreach, blog for the science pages of The Guardian, and has published a popular science book about  tyrannosaurs with Bloomsbury, entitled the tyrannosaur chronicles. He is Senior Lecturer and Deputy Director of Education in the School of Biological and Behavioural Sciences at Queen Mary University London.


The doors will open at approximately 5.30pm, with a prompt start at 6.00pm. There will be time for questions after the talk.


This event will be filmed and on the Ri's YouTube channel within a few months. Subscribe for free to hear when new videos are released.


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