This month’s Pride celebration comes at a bittersweet moment in our history, as we as a nation struggle with the global pandemic of COVID-19 and with the ongoing protests for Black Lives. We remember this quote from Marsha P. Johnson, “No pride for some of us without liberation for all of us.” We know that the LGBTQ+ community has come a long way in the last few years in terms of rights, but we recognize the struggle continues. We would like to celebrate our LGBTQ+ students and alumni, and recognize their achievements in science as well as their active participation in our community.
German scientist Ernst Stromer unearthed the original bones of Spinosaurus at the turn of the 20th century but they were lost in World War II. The giant dinosaur eluded scientists until 2014, when an international team, including UChicago paleontologists Nizar Ibrahim and Paul Sereno, analyzed newly acquired fossils, remains from museum collections, and historical records to render the dinosaur’s skeleton and reveal it as the first truly semi-aquatic dinosaur.