“Fire and brimstone” is how South Florida Science Center and Aquarium President Lew Crampton described the extinction of dinosaurs.
Crampton acknowledges the failures in science and in the Dinosauria, but despite their extinction 65 million years ago, dinosaurs still capture the interest of many.
“The best thing about dinosaurs is that they are awesome, they create a sense of wonder and they open people’s minds up, especially younger people, to all kinds of possibilities, which is what science is all about,” Crampton said.
Hunter, a child who attended Dinosaur Invasion at the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium said, “I love all kind[s] of them!” when expressing his fascination for dinosaurs.
Fascinated, yet afraid at times, kids still want to learn about dinosaurs, according to Crampton.
“[Kids] are trying to find out who they are, what they are, what they ate, who ate them or who did they eat,” Crampton said.
The extinction of dinosaurs was a gradual occurrence according to Crampton. An asteroid the size of Mount Everest crashed into the Yucatan Peninsula, causing sulfur and debris to blot the sun for months. Eventually vegetation died, following herbivores and their predators.
According to Crampton, the event was more like an evolution rather than an extinction. The tyrannosaurid clad of the dinosaur family evolved into birds that coexist with people today.