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Oceans of Kansas A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea

By: Michael J Everhart(Author)
427 pages, 8 plates with 12 colour illustrations; 220 colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations
Oceans of Kansas
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  • Oceans of Kansas ISBN: 9780253026323 Edition: 2 Hardback Jul 2017 Usually dispatched within 6 days
Price: £42.99
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Revised, updated, and expanded to more than double the number of pages of the first edition, the second edition of Oceans of Kansas contains the latest interpretations and fossil discoveries and adds new twists to the fascinating story of the vast inland sea that engulfed central North America during the Age of Dinosaurs. Giant sharks, marine reptiles called mosasaurs, pteranodons, and birds with teeth all flourished in and around these shallow waters. Their abundant and well-preserved remains were sources of great excitement in the scientific community when first discovered in the 1860s and continue to yield exciting discoveries 150 years later. Michael J. Everhart vividly captures the history of these startling finds over the decades and re-creates in unforgettable detail these animals from our distant past and the world in which they lived – above, within, and on the shores of America's ancient inland sea.



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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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. He lives in Derby, Kansas.

By: Michael J Everhart(Author)
427 pages, 8 plates with 12 colour illustrations; 220 colour & b/w photos and colour & b/w illustrations
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Reviews of the first edition:

"Oceans of Kansas remains the best and only book of its type currently available. Everhart's treatment of extinct marine reptiles synthesiszes source materials far more readably than any other recent, nontechnical book-length study of the subject [...] "

"Excellent [...] Those who are interested in vertebrate palaeontology or in the scientific history of the American mid-west should really get a copy. You will not be disappointed!"
– PalArch's Journal of Vertebrate Palaeontology

"[The book] will be most useful to fossil collectors working in the local region and to historians of vertebrate paleontology [...] Recommended."

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