Savage Ancient Seas

open June 19

Savage Ancient Seas

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Millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed North America, another ecosystem full of monstrous animals were fighting for existence in a vast interior seaway which spanned the latitude of the continent, dividing North America down its center. The Western Interior Seaway covered most of the Midwest between the Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico and was home to some of history’s most fearsome, real sea monsters.

Savage Ancient Seas is open June 19, 2018 – January 2019

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Discover the Western Interior Seaway.

Savage Ancient Seas

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About The Exhibit

Welcome to the world of the late Cretaceous Period,filled with huge carnivorous marine reptiles withdouble-hinged jaws and teeth in the middle of their palates. Come see gigantic flesh-eating fish big enough to swallow an adult human being whole, flying reptiles with 3-foot skulls,and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived.

Many bizarre and gigantic forms of life populated the pre-historic waters of the late Cretaceous Period. The Midwest was actually underwater atone time. Kansas has only been above sea level for the last 65 million years. Before that, it was home to a variety of sea creatures, including a 45-foot long mosasaur, a sea turtle the size of a small truck, a giant carnivorous fish, and a long-necked plesiosaur. Although these prehistoric marine animals lived during the time of Tyrannosaurus and Triceratops, they are not dinosaurs. Dinosaurs lived on land and did not have wings for flying or fins for swimming.

Many Cretaceous marine fossils have been found in Western Kansas. These fossils have been found in thousands of feet of marine sediments made up of shale, chalk,limestone, and sandstone.

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