Nizar Ibrahim

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Nizar Ibrahim
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Born1982 (age 40–41)
Berlin, Germany
Alma materUniversity of Bristol (B.Sc.)
University College Dublin (Ph.D.)
Scientific career
FieldsPaleontology, Anatomy
InstitutionsUniversity of Portsmouth

Nizar Ibrahim (born in 1982) is a German-Moroccan vertebrate paleontologist and comparative anatomist. He is currently a senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.[1] Ibrahim has led several expeditions to Africa's Sahara and is notable for his research on fossil vertebrates from the Kem Kem Group, including pterosaurs, crocodyliforms, and dinosaurs.[2][3][4] In recent years, research led by Ibrahim radically changed ideas about the morphology and life habits of one of the largest predatory dinosaurs, Spinosaurus aegyptiacus.[5][6] Ibrahim also has interests in bioinformatics and contributed to the NSF-funded Phenoscape project.[7] He regularly engages with the public and is a speaker with the National Geographic Speakers Bureau.[8][9][10]

S. aegyptiacus skeletal reconstruction in swimming posture (prior to the discovery of the tail fin)


Youth and education[edit]

Nizar Ibrahim was born on 8 September 1982 in Berlin, Germany. He has German and Moroccan ancestry, with his grandfather being the third Prime Minister of Morocco, Abdallah Ibrahim.[11] Since his childhood, he has been very enthusiastic about animals and their diversity, anatomy, and evolution. He also loved fiction and nonfiction stories of adventures around the world. At 5 years old, he decided that he was going to become a paleontologist while reading a book on dinosaurs.[12]

He obtained a Bachelor of science in geology and biology from the University of Bristol in 2006. In 2011, he obtained his PhD from University College Dublin's School of Medicine and Medical Science. He carried out his postdoctoral studies at the University of Chicago for four years.[11]


He was an assistant professor at the University of Detroit Mercy, where he taught human anatomy, comparative anatomy, and evolution between 2018 and 2020.[11] Ibrahim is a senior lecturer at the University of Portsmouth.[13] In Morocco, he works with a number of Moroccan researchers and students based at Hassan II University.[11] Ibrahim was one of 21 people selected as a TED fellow in 2015, which makes him the "first paleontologist in the history of the program".[14]

Awards and recognition[edit]

Selected publications[edit]


  1. ^ "Dr Nizar Ibrahim".
  2. ^ "Three New Species of Flying Reptiles Discovered – Pterosaurs That Inhabited the Sahara 100 Million Years Ago". SciTechDaily. 30 March 2020. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  3. ^ Owen, James (28 May 2010). "New Giant Flying Reptile Found; Hunted on Foot?". National Geographic News. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  4. ^ "The dinosaur hunter: TED Fellow Nizar Ibrahim searches for lost worlds". TED Blog. 5 June 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2020.
  5. ^ Ibrahim, N.; Sereno, P. C.; Dal Sasso, C.; Maganuco, S.; Fabbri, M.; Martill, D. M.; Zouhri, S.; Myhrvold, N.; Iurino, D. A. (26 September 2014). "Semiaquatic adaptations in a giant predatory dinosaur" (PDF). Science. 345 (6204): 1613–1616. Bibcode:2014Sci...345.1613I. doi:10.1126/science.1258750. ISSN 0036-8075. PMID 25213375. S2CID 34421257.
  6. ^ Ibrahim, Nizar; Maganuco, Simone; Dal Sasso, Cristiano; Fabbri, Matteo; Auditore, Marco; Bindellini, Gabriele; Martill, David M.; Zouhri, Samir; Mattarelli, Diego A.; Unwin, David M.; Wiemann, Jasmina (29 April 2020). "Tail-propelled aquatic locomotion in a theropod dinosaur" (PDF). Nature. 581 (7806): 67–70. Bibcode:2020Natur.581...67I. doi:10.1038/s41586-020-2190-3. ISSN 0028-0836. PMID 32376955. S2CID 216650535.
  7. ^ "Acknowledgments - phenoscape".
  8. ^ "Speakers Bureau". National Geographic.
  9. ^ "Nizar Ibrahim - Global Philanthropy Forum". Archived from the original on 14 August 2016.
  10. ^ Trask, Nicole (29 October 2018). "Paleontologist Nizar Ibrahim - The perfect adventure". MonteCristo Magazine. Retrieved 5 February 2022.
  11. ^ a b c d Ibrahim, Nizar (30 April 2020). "نزار إبراهيم: المغرب جنة الحفريات بالعالم .. و"كم كم" أخطر مكان" [Nizar Ibrahim: Morocco is a paradise of fossils in the world ... and "Kem Kem" is the most dangerous place] (Interview) (in Arabic). Interviewed by youssef lakhder. Hespress.
  12. ^ Khatla, Kenza (7 May 2020). "Nizar Ibrahim raconte la découverte du Spinoraure marocain". Medias24 (in French). Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  13. ^ "Palaeontologists reveal 'the most dangerous place in the history of planet Earth'". Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  14. ^ a b Jiang, Kevin (22 December 2014). "Nizar Ibrahim named 2015 TED Fellow". Uchicago News. Retrieved 31 May 2020.
  15. ^ "Postdoctoral scholar Nizar Ibrahim joins ranks of National Geographic's Emerging Explorers". Uchicago news. 16 May 2014.
  16. ^ "Nizar Ibrahim". Crain's Chicago Business. 2015. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  17. ^ Greshko, Michael. "These are the top 20 scientific discoveries of the decade". National Geographic.

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