June 14, 2022
This event is part of Newton Public Library's 2022 Adult Summer Reading Program. The theme: "Oceans of Possibilities!"
More than 65 million years ago, Kansas was covered by a vast, shallow ocean, which stretched from Utah to Minnesota and from the Gulf of Mexico past the Arctic Circle. This ocean was home to a variety of marine animals, including giant clams, squid, sharks, bony fish, turtles, plesiosaurs, mosasaurs, pteranodons, and even birds with teeth!
Michael J. Everhart, Adjunct Curator of Paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and author of Oceans of Kansas, will give a presentation and answer questions about this fascinating natural history.
The presentation is intended for teens and adults, but all ages are welcome to attend.
In addition to Oceans of Kansas, Mike is the author of Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep" and more than 50 papers describing the fossils of the Smoky Hill Chalk, including the naming of a new species of an extinct marine reptile (mosasaur) from Kansas: Tylosaurus kansasensis. He was one of the senior advisers on the 2007 National Geographic IMAX film Sea Monsters, and his discoveries have been featured in five made-for-TV documentaries on the History and Discovery channels. He is the creator and webmaster of www.oceansofkansas.com.