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Blast from the Past

Blast from the Past

June 27, 1997 – April 15, 2010

Museum: Natural History Museum

Location: 1st Floor, Dinosaurs Hall, south side of FossiLab

This showcase features a portion of a 11.5-meter tubular core sample that shows physical and biological effects of Earth's collision with a giant asteroid 65 million years ago, which resulted in the extinction of the dinosaurs. The sample, taken from 130 meters below the ocean floor east of St. Augustine, Florida, contains the best preserved Cretaceous/Tertiary sequence yet recovered. The exhibition highlights the work of Smithsonian micropaleontologist Brian Huber, who interprets past climate change by studying tiny marine fossils.


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