Discovery Channel Book Club chooses Sternberg curator's book as 'main selection'

Kansas may be known for flat land and wheat fields, but Mike Everhart, author of the book "Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea," tells the story of a much different Kansas ruled by giant sharks and marine reptiles.

Everhart, adjunct curator of paleontology at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History, published his book in July 2005. Since then, the Discovery Channel Book Club has deemed it a "main selection."

Although Kansas is now high and dry, at one time the state was completely under water. Until the land finally rose above sea level, the area was covered by a succession of oceans whose geologic record is preserved in the sedimentary rock that covers the Great Plains.

According to an excerpt from the book's publisher, Indiana University Press, the "beautifully written and illustrated book recreates the animals and the world in which they lived, and presents the fruits of the latest research into the natural history of America's ancient inland sea."

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