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Oceans of Kansas’ presentation coming July 24 to Tonganoxie Community Historical Society

July 12, 2012

There was a time when Kansas was completely covered in water.

A Hays museum curator will give a presentation on that period later this month at the Tonganoxie Community Historic Site.

Michael J. Everhart, adjunct curator of paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, will offer the program “Oceans of Kansas” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at the historic site, 201 W. Washington St.

Everhart will take a look at Kansas long before it was a state and the many now-extinct species that inhabited the area once covered by a large body of water.

He is the author of “Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep and Oceans of Kansas — a Natural History of the Western Interior Sea” and served as a senior science adviser on the 2007 National Geographic IMAX film “Sea Monsters.” He also is creator of the educational website oceansofkansas.com.

The program coincides with the Tonganoxie Community Historical Society’s monthly meeting, which is open to the public. The Kansas Humanities Council is sponsoring Everhart’s visit.

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