This SJ Professor’s Dino Discovery Goes Hollywood

If you’re seeing “Jurassic World,” in theaters, you’ll want to keep your eyes peeled for a local cameo.

Rowan University paleontologist Dr. Kenneth Lacovara posted on his Facebook page about the surprising shout-out while watching the new movie himself.

During one scene, Lacovara said actor Jeff Goldblum’s character is speaking to Congress when there is a cutaway that pans to a suitcase containing vials of dinosaur DNA. One is labeled “DREADNOUGHTUS,” – an 85-foot, 65-ton dinosaur discovered by Lacovara himself.

The Dean of Rowan’s School of Earth & Environment discovered the Dreadnoughtus schrani in 2005 in Santa Cruz Province, Argentina, and it’s regarded as one of the largest dinosaurs ever discovered. Lacovara posted that it was, “pretty surreal” to see the dinosaur’s name considering it was something he once scribbled on a piece of paper and hung to his refrigerator. Read more about Lacovara and his incredible discoveries.



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