Summer School 2021

Moros Intrepidus: solving a 70-million-year mystery


Dr Ryan T. Tucker, lecturer, palaeontologist and sedimentologist, Department of Earth Sciences, Stellenbosch University

   Moros intrepidus, a small Late Cretaceous tyrannosaur whose name means ‘harbinger of doom’, lived about 96 million years ago in the lush, coastal plain environment of what is now central Utah. Moros is the key tyrannosauroid, in that it fills a 70-million-year gap in the fossil record of tyrant dinosaurs on the continent, and their evolution therein. Even more intriguingly, Moros is one of a handful of newly discovered dinosaurs in central Utah that seemingly have more to do with eastern Asia than Cretaceous North America.  Dr Tucker is part of a multi-faceted internationally collaborative scientific team working to elucidate this cryptic period in North America’s geological and biological history.  Specifically, this lecture will illustrate how tectonics are a major driver for life in the Cretaceous, especially in central Utah some 96 million years ago.   


This lecture will be offered on the Microsoft Teams platform. Participants will be sent a link.


Date: Tuesday 12 January
Time: 3.00 pm