A spinosaurus fossil suspended from the ceiling in the museums' Stanley Field Hall.

Sobek the Spinosaurus

Category: Exhibition

Exhibition Summary


Included with Basic admission

Targeted age groups

All ages


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Marvel at the fierce size and strength of Spinosaurus

Catch Spinosaurus as it prowls overhead at the Field Museum. This fish-eating dinosaur lived during the Cretaceous Period, about 95 million years ago. Spinosaurus swam in rivers thanks to its crocodile-shaped body and paddle-like tail.

Discover how this water-loving dinosaur reigned throughout North Africa and learn how modern animals help scientists to understand life from long ago. Uncover how this semi-aquatic predator hunted and swam through the water.

Learn how we chose the name!

Stretching 46 feet long, this fearsome fossil is one of the largest carnivorous dinosaurs ever discovered— even longer than SUE the T. rex.

Exhibition Highlights

  • Mounted in a swimming pose, Spinosaurus is a dramatic first sight as you enter the Field Museum
  • Spinosaurus is the only skeleton on display anywhere outside of Asia
  • This semi-aquatic predator lived during the Cretaceous Period 95 million years ago, and was well adapted for hunting fish.

See how Spinosaurus swam through Cretaceous North Africa

With its crocodile-shaped body and paddle-like tail, watch how this water-loving dinosaur prowled through the rivers of North Africa during the Cretaceous Period, about 95 million years ago.