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The Strange Tail of Spinosaurus

The Strange Tail of Spinosaurus

Update: 2020-11-245


Spinosaurus has long been a superstar among dinosaur fans, with its massive alligator-like body and a huge “sail” of skin running the length of its spine. Though the fossil was unearthed a century ago, scientists hadn’t been able to say exactly what it looked like because only a few bones had ever been found. But new fossil discoveries by National Geographic explorer Nizar Ibrahim will forever change the way we think about Spinosaurus—and all other dinosaurs.

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The Strange Tail of Spinosaurus

The Strange Tail of Spinosaurus

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