If you have a dinosaur obsessed kid, then you need to keep reading. National Geographic today reports that Paleontologist and National Geographic Explorer, Dr. Nizar Ibrahim, has discovered unique swimming adaptations in a dinosaur. This is the first conclusive evidence that any dinosaur lived mostly in an aquatic habitat.


An international team of researchers, supported by the National Geographic Society, has reported the discovery of evidence that the Spinosaurus, the longest predatory dinosaur known, was aquatic, and used tail-propelled swimming locomotion to hunt for prey in a massive river system. 

A kid-friendly version of this breaking news alert is available on National Geographic’s free digital hub to support families and educators during COVID-19. 

You can find the new content, along with additional stories National Geographic Kids has put together for kids who love exploration and may be fascinated by dinosaurs here:

What new discoveries reveal about the amazing Spinosaurus: Fossils tell us a lot about how dinosaurs lived. Find out how in this interesting and educating article about dinosaur fossils and the Spinosaurus.

Prehistoric Animals: Dinosaurs lived more than 65 million years ago. Scientists study fossil remains of bones, tracks, and dung to learn about dinosaurs and you can too! Get facts, photos, videos, and games here.

Dino Road Trip: Join dinosaur pals Ali the Ankylosaurus and Sean the Iguanodon as they time travel on a Dino Road Trip! Tour guide Simon takes them back millions of years to meet crazy prehistoric animals that once roamed the land, air, and even the sea! Along the way, Ali and Sean take selfies and collect fun facts about each animal with their mobile tablet.

—Jennifer Swartvagher

Featured photo: National Geographic


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