Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea

Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea

by Michael J. Everhart


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780253345479
Publisher: Indiana University Press
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Series: Life of the Past Series
Pages: 344
Product dimensions: 7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Michael J. Everhart, Adjunct Curator of Paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays, Kansas, is an expert on the Late Cretaceous of western Kansas. He is the creator of the award-winning "Oceans of Kansas" paleontology website at www.oceansofkansas.com. He lives in Derby, Kansas.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: An Ocean in Kansas?
2. Our Discovery of the Western Interior Sea
3. Invertebrates, Plants, and Trace Fossils
4. Sharks: Sharp Teeth and Shell Crushers
5. Fishes, Large and Small
6. Turtles: Leatherback Giants
7. Where the Elasmosaurs Roamed
8. Pliosaurs and Polycotylids
9. Enter the Mosasaurs
10. Pteranodons: Rulers of the Air
11. Feathers and Teeth
12. Dinosaurs?
13. The Big Picture
Epilogue: Where Did It Go?

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Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
dswaddell on LibraryThing 11 months ago
In the prehistoric past the central section of the US was covered in a deep see leading to the Antarctic. This book outlines in both a scientific and a more readable manner the life which existed at the time. Overall if you are interested in paleantology of the US it is a good book to read.
JNSelko on LibraryThing 11 months ago
A totally cool book about what "Kansas" was like before the comet hit 65 million years ago. Informative, interest-holding and eminently readable.
Shrike58 on LibraryThing 11 months ago
The particular value of this book is that Everhart gives you a complete survey of what is known about the habitat in question, before this lost sea was wiped out by long-term geological processes; the author's suspicion is that the notorious late-Cretaceous asteroid strike was merely the climax in that extinction event. Also useful is that Everhart gives you a history of paleontological work in the region, including the 19th-century "bone wars" of Edward Cope and Othniel Marsh.