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Author Everhart, Michael J.

Title Oceans of Kansas, Second Edition : a Natural History of the Western Interior Sea
Edition 2nd ed
Published Bloomington, IN : Indiana University Press, 2017


Description 1 online resource (458 pages)
Series Life of the Past Ser
Life of the Past Ser
Contents Cover; Contents; Preface to the Second Edition; Preface to the First Edition; Acknowledgments; List of Abbreviations; 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?; References; Index
Summary Revised, updated, and expanded with the latest interpretations and fossil discoveries, the second edition of Oceans of Kansas 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
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 371-415) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Marine animals, Fossil -- Kansas
Paleontology -- Cretaceous.
NATURE -- Animals -- Dinosaurs & Prehistoric Creatures.
NATURE -- Fossils.
SCIENCE -- Paleontology.
Cretaceous Geologic Period
Marine animals, Fossil
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780253027153