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Prehistoric sea creatures and marine fossils of Kansas will be discussed at a free program.
Charlie Sternberg and his sons were the first paleontologists to develop the means of preserving and preparing the remains of prehistoric sea creatures collected in Kansas and exhibited in museums around the world. Everhart will discuss their field techniques and share their original photography that documented Kansas specimens that included giant mosasaurs, plesiosaurs, and pterosaurs.
Michael Everhart is a curator of vertebrate paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays. An expert on Late Cretaceous marine fossils of western Kansas, he has served as an advisor for the 2007 National Geographic IMAX film, Sea Monsters, and is the author of Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep and Oceans of Kansas—A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea.
"Although spectacular fossils have been exported from Kansas since the late 1860s, very few people in the state realize how ‘famous’ our fossils are in major museums around the world,” explained Everhart. “Much of the credit goes to Charlie and George Sternberg, who pioneered many of the basic methods used today in paleontology."
The Abilene Public Library will host “The Sternberg Family: Pioneers of Modern Paleontology,” a presentation and discussion by Michael Everhart on Tuesday, July 30 at 7 p.m. at the Abilene Public Library, 209 NW 4th. Members of the community are invited to attend the free program. The program is made possible by the Kansas Humanities Council.
The event is part of the Kansas Humanities Council’s The Way We Worked Speakers Bureau, featuring presentations and discussions examining the theme of work and working in Kansas and how these stories help define us.
The Kansas Humanities Council conducts and supports community-based programs, serves as a financial resource through an active grant-making program, and encourages Kansans to engage in the civic and cultural life of their communities. For more information about KHC programs contact the Kansas Humanities Council at 785/357-0359 or visit online at www.kansashumanities.org.