Spinosaurus: Il Gigante Perduto del Cretaceo (Spinosaurus: Lost Giant of the Cretaceous) at Palazzo Dugnani in Milan is an exhibition developed by the National Geographic Society in collaboration with the University of Chicago, dedicated to the first truly semiaquatic dinosaur and the largest predatory dinosaur to have walked the Earth.
The exhibition features a life-sized skeletal model of Spinosaurus, which at more than 15 metres long and 6 metres high, is almost 3 metres longer than the world’s largest Tyrannosaurus rex. In the Giardini Publici park in front of Palazzo Dugnani a life-size flesh replica of this colossal creature can be seen.
Next to showing real dinosaur fossils and models of other species from the Cretaceous period, the exhibition also tells the fascinating backstory of Spinosaurus, which began more than a century ago when German palaeontologist Ernst Freiherr Stromer von Reichenbach first discovered evidence of the dinosaur in the Egyptian Sahara.
Stromer’s fossil collection was however completely destroyed during the April 1944 Allied bombing of Munich, Germany, and it took until 2008 for the next Spinosaurus fossil to be found in the Moroccan Sahara by University of Chicago palaeontologist Nizar Ibrahim.