"Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep," the companion book to the National Geographic film "Sea Monsters," has been put on the 2008 listing of Kansas Notable Books by the Kansas Center for the Book at the State Library of Kansas.
The book's author, Michael J. Everhart, is the curator of paleontology at Fort Hays State University's Sternberg Museum of Natural History. He was also an instigator of the National Geographic movie and a consultant on it.
The movie and the film explores the Late Cretaceous oceans of 80 million years ago, including the one that covered Kansas and the rest of the Great Plains of North America, and the relatively unknown giants of the deep who lived in those seas. Everhart's Web site, Oceans of Kansas, at www.oceansofkansas.com, is dedicated to that ancient world.
The book presents additional information on the sea monsters depicted in the film, the world they lived in, the paleontologists who first discovered and studied their fossils, why the monsters disappeared, and the story behind the making of the movie.