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Dinosaur Fight Club

Madeleine Fritz Annual Lecture in Palaeontology 

Dinosaur Fight Club

Zuul ©Sinking Ship Entertainment

Join Palaeontologists Tom Holtz and Victoria Arbour as they discuss the co-evolution of tyrannosaurs and armoured dinosaurs such as Zuul in this lively debate-style presentation. 


Tom Holtz

Thomas R. Holtz, Jr. is Principal Lecturer in Vertebrate Paleontology at the Department of Geology, University of Maryland, College Park. His research focuses on the origin, evolution, adaptations, and behavior of carnivorous dinosaurs, and especially of tyrannosauroids (Tyrannosaurus rex and its kin). He received his Bachelors in Earth & Planetary Geology at Johns Hopkins in 1987 and his Ph.D. from the Department of Geology & Geophysics at Yale in 1992. He is also a Research Associate of the Department of Paleobiology of the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History and serves on the Scientific Council of Maryland Academy of Science (which operates the Maryland Science Center (Baltimore, MD)). 

In addition to his dinosaur research, Holtz has been active in scientific outreach. He has been a consultant on museum exhibits around the world, and on numerous documentaries. He is the author of the award-winning Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-To-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages (Random House). He was co-editor of the 2014 2nd Edition of The Complete Dinosaur (Indiana Univ. Press) and is in the midst of
co-editing the 3rd Edition.

Victoria Arbour

Dr. Victoria Arbour is the Curator of Paleontology at the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, British Columbia. Before moving out west, she was an NSERC postdoctoral fellow at the University of Toronto and co-curator of the new ROM exhibition Zuul: Life of an Armoured Dinosaur, presenting sponsor Sinking Ship Entertainment. A leading expert on the palaeobiology of ankylosaurs, she helped name the new species Zuul crurivastator in 2016 and has studied how ankylosaurs evolved their unusual and charismatic armour and weaponry.

The Madeleine Fritz Lecture in Palaeontology is an annual event given in honour of the late ROM researcher Madeleine A. Fritz (1896 – 1990). She was one of Canada’s first female palaeontologists and the first woman to receive a Ph.D. in Geology at the University of Toronto in 1926. She was an expert of fossil invertebrates, in particular of bryozoans. She joined the ROM in 1927, and became an Associate Director of the Royal Ontario Museum and Curator of Invertebrate Palaeontology, before joining the University of Toronto as a Professor of Palaeontology in the Department of Geology in 1956. 

The Madeleine Fritz Palaeontology Lecture series provides a platform for Canadian and international scholars to engage with the public and present some of their latest research on topics ranging from the origin of life to the study of large-scale patterns of biodiversity through deep history.

Lecture includes post-event reception with 1 host drink.


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Date & Time

  • Tuesday, January 29, 2019, 7:00 - 8:00 pm, Reception to follow


Royal Ontario Museum
Signy and Cléophée Eaton Theatre
Level 1B

Doors Open: 6:30 pm
Lecture: 7:00 - 8:00 pm
Reception to follow lecture.

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