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Oceans of Kansas : a natural history of the western interior sea

Author: Michael J Everhart
Publisher: Bloomington : Indiana University Press, ©2005.
Series: Life of the past.
Edition/Format:   Book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Journey to a time when sea monsters roamed an ocean in the middle of America.
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Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Michael J Everhart
ISBN: 0253345472 9780253345479
OCLC Number: 56982260
Description: xiv, 322 p. : ill. (some col.), maps ; 26 cm.
Contents: Introduction: An Ocean in Kansas? --
Our Discovery of the Western Interior Sea --
Invertebrates, Plants, and Trace Fossils --
Sharks: Sharp Teeth and Shell Crushers --
Fishes, Large and Small --
Turtles: Leatherback Giants --
Where the Elasmosaurs Roamed --
Pliosaurs and Polycotylids --
Enter the Mosasaurs --
Pteranodons: Rulers of the Air --
Feathers and Teeth --
Dinosaurs? --
The Big Picture --
Epilogue: Where Did It Go?
Series Title: Life of the past.
Responsibility: Michael J. Everhart.
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Although Kansas is high and dry, at one time the state, like most of the Midwest, was under water. This title tells the story of the five million years when giant sharks, marine reptiles called  Read more...

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"The bright midday sun glinted off the calm waters of the Inland Sea and silhouetted the long, sinuous form of a huge mosasaur lying motionless amid the floating tangle of yellow-green seaweed. Read more...

 
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