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Savage Ancient Seas

Stephen Brown

The South Florida Science Museum is getting a jump on christening its newly expanded digs, which is set for a grand opening June 7 (more on that soon!), with the display of the traveling exhibit “Savage Ancient Seas: Dinosaurs of the Deep” on May 17.

Savage Ancient Seas - South Florida Sceince Museum

The first show to grace the newly opened 6,000-square-foot traveling exhibit hall, “Savage Ancient Seas” takes guests more than 70 million years in the past aquatic world of the late Cretaceous period. Although the era is known for the giant dinosaurs that roamed the continents at the time—like the Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops and Velociraptors—the sea was where the action was.

 

Savage Ancient Seas - South FLorida Sceince museum - travelling exhibit"Dog eat dog" doesn’t begin to describe the mayhem happening along the shores and beneath the surface. Reptiles like the Kronosaurus, a prehistoric crocodile-like creature that was 43 feet long, ruled inland seas and chowed down on 30-foot Plesiosaurs and hulking Protostegidae—giant ancestors of the sea turtle. The deep was ruled by prehistoric sharks, some as long as 30 feet; species like the Cretoxyrhina and Squalicorax were the bridge to what would be called true sharkse. And while prey may have thought the coast was clear after making the gauntlet race to near shore, Pterosaurs brought death from above: These flying reptiles made a living picking off fish, reptiles and small mammals along the coasts. In those days, nowhere and nobody was safe.

 

The South Florida Science Museum will bring this fascinating time to life, all with the comfort of knowing humans are not on the menu (rest assured, there will be no plesiosaurs in the touch tank). The exhibit has something for everyone, including fossils and specimens, interactive touch displays and informative kiosks, each shining light into the life cycles, daily activities and environment of these fascinating animals that once roamed Earth.

  • Savage Ancient Seas will be on display through September 16.
  • The grand reopening of the new South Florida Science Museum, as well as its renaming, will take place June 7 with free admission.
  • For more information on Savage Ancient Seas and the science museum, visit sfsm.org.
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