Paleontologist Lindsay Zanno
Dayton Live Presents

T. Rex Rises With Lindsay Zanno

Mar 19 & Mar 20

90 Minutes

No Intermission

Victoria Theatre


How did T. rex become the iconic apex predator of North America 67 million years ago? Paleontologist DR. LINDSAY ZANNO is uncovering the answer. One of the world’s leading experts on the evolution of Cretaceous dinosaurs, she spends several months each year on expedition, scouring the remote badlands of western North America in search of clues.

Along the way, she has discovered many new species—including one of the continent’s tiniest tyrannosaurs, Moros, which weighed only 170 pounds and stood barely five feet tall, and Siats, one of the largest American megapredators, tipping the scales at over 9,000 pounds.

Dr. Zanno’s work has helped unravel how a cataclysmic climate crisis – marred by stagnant oceans, volcanic eruptions, and flooding continents – reshaped the dinosaurian world, wiping out top predators on land and in the sea. Join her as she unravels how Cretaceous climate change made room for the evolution of Tyrannosaurus rex – the most famous carnivore of all time.

Dr. Lindsay Zanno is Head of Paleontology at the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and an Associate Research Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at North Carolina State University. She is one of the world’s leading experts on the evolution of theropod dinosaurs — a group that includes the iconic predator T. rex and Velociraptor, as well as living birds. The hunt for new dinosaurs has taken her around the world to places such as China, Mongolia, Thailand, Tanzania, and across the American West.

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Lindsay Zanno. Photo by News & Observer.
Lindsay Zanno in New Mexico. Photo by Alison Moyer.
Dig at quarry. Photo by Chun-Chi Liao.
Moros on branch. Photo by Jorge Gonzalez.

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