From the Google cache of Dear Kitty ModBlog:
8/13/05 at 9:03PM
Mood: Looking Playing: Smoke on the waters, by Deep Purple
Sat, Aug. 13, 2005
Fossil hunter publishes love for sea creatures in new book
Rather than dinosaurs, however, they are mosasaurs, seagoing lizards that rivaled T. rex in terms of sheer size and ferocity.
Ironically, Kansas – landlocked as it might be – is able to give Everhart, a Derby paleontologist, a relatively good look into the life of the seagoing lizards.
In fact, northwest Kansas is perhaps the best place on earth to search, discover and learn about mosasaurs.
Thousands of the feared sea creatures have been discovered and today serve as centerpiece exhibits for big museums worldwide, as well as in the United States.
But, mosasaurs – despite how ferociously predatory they were – just aren’t as sexy as dinosaurs, Everhart says.
Kansas isn’t quite as sexy as dinosaur bones from Mongolia or other remote locations where Kansas paleontologists have spent much of their time.
Only a small number of people still scour the northwest Kansas countryside in search of fossils.
Some are professional fossil collectors who offer their finds to the highest bidder, and some are university affiliated. That is another war entirely.
Although Everhart is a retired Boeing employee, he is also an adjunct curator of paleontology at Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays.
He’s also the owner and developer of the ever-growing Oceans of Kansas Web site.
Swimming dinosaur in Wyoming: here.
Dinosaur books: here.
Dinosaur classification: here.
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