Washingtonian has a close relationship with Gizmodo, our sister-site for tech, movies, TV, and pop culture. Gizmodo has helped make me more interested in dinosaurs when I was a little boy; that fall when I was six years old my dad showed me a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton and I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. Of course, the boy in me knew in a second I was going to look and wonder what this creature was capable of. I wanted to be just like him. I wanted to have his power. I wanted to have the longest arms with the stiletto-like claws that puffed out from the four ends.
That amazing moment of discovery, that discovery of what was life before the dinosaurs, led me down a path of serious interest in learning and trying to understand. My fascination only took on bigger and bigger shapes as I got older, but at a certain point, I realized that this is like a science fiction movie I never wanted to live in—and as the story ends, I was left with that feeling that the concept of Earth’s five continents was so far in the past that it just didn’t seem like a possibility. But for what it’s worth, it is!