Was he really bigger than T.rex?
In the temporary exhibition "Spinosaurus", the first life-sized skeleton model of the giant predatory dinosaur in the world went on display at the Museum für Naturkunde in Berlin.
The exhibition asked why there was so little known about the dinosaur with the enormous sail on its back and what the German palaeontologist Ernst Stromer von Reichenbach and World War II had to do with it. It also looked at the way modern palaeontological research in Berlin and all over the world can contribute to a better understanding of Spinosaurus and its African habitat many million years ago.
The exhibition was developed by the National Geographic Society in collaboration with the University of Chicago and complemented in Berlin with the Museum für Naturkunde’s own exhibits.
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