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Marina Suarez

“When I was in the second grade, we had a dinosaur unit and since then, I’ve never looked back! Finding a dinosaur is something every kid dreams of, so it was really exciting to be the first people to see the remains of animals that have been gone for millions of years.”

Marina Suarez (foreground), the Blaustein Postdoctoral Scholar in Johns Hopkins’ Morton K. Blaustein Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, whose geology work, together with that of her twin sister, Celina, while the two were graduate students at Temple University, helped define a new species of dinosaur. The six- to seven-foot-long raptor-like dinosaur with large eyes and dexterous claws, thought to have lived about 125 million years ago, has been named in their honor: Geminiraptor suarezarum, Latin for “Twin Predatory Thief of the Suarezes.”