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About the Author

Michael Everhart, author of this book and lead consultant for the film, is former president of the Kansas Academy of Science and current editor of the academy journal. Since 1998 he has been curator of paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History and presently teaches the subject at the University of Kansas. He is also the author of Oceans of Kansas: A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic (October 2, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426200854
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426200854
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 0.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #554,320 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael J. Everhart is a 1969 graduate of Wichita State University. After his military service (U.S. Army) he returned to Wichita State for his Masters Degree (1973). Mike has been an Adjunct Curator of Paleontology at the Sternberg Museum of Natural History, Fort Hays State University, Hays, Kansas since 1998.

Mike is an expert on Late Cretaceous marine fossils of central and western Kansas, and on the history of paleontology in Kansas. In addition, he has worked with the "T rex Sue" exhibition at the Sternberg Museum in Hays, and Exploration Place in Wichita. Mike was a contributor to the BBC documentary "Chased by Sea Monsters" and served as one of the senior science advisers on the 2007 National Geographic IMAX film, Sea Monsters. His work has been featured in five made for television videos on the History and Discovery channels.

Mike is the author of "Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep" (National Geographic, 2007) and "Oceans of Kansas - A Natural History of the Western Interior Sea" (Indiana University Press, 2005). The Sea Monsters book was awarded in 2008 by the American Library Association, and both titles were honored as Kansas Notable books. In addition, Mike has also written many papers describing the fossils of the Smoky Hill Chalk, including the 2005 naming of a new species of a marine reptile (mosasaur) from Kansas called Tylosaurus kansasensis. Most recently, Mike and co-author Alyssa Bell described two examples of the oldest bird fossils in North America, based on specimens that originated from Russell County, Kansas.

He is the creator and webmaster of the educational "Oceans of Kansas Paleontology" web site: www.oceansofkansas.com which has been on the Internet since December, 1996. He served as an editor of the Transactions of the Kansas Academy of Science since 2006 and was President of the KAS in 2005.

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Format: Hardcover
My sons watched Chased by Dinosaurs and became interested in sea monsters. But we were very disappointed when we got this book. The 3-D photos are basically useless because the photos span two pages and the book does not open flat. When you do pry the book flat all the way almost breaking the binding, there is still about 2 centimeters lost in the middle - so don't try to count the bones on the elasmosaurus if your child wants to know exactly how many neck bones are there in the picture! Cretoxyrhina doesn't look impressive or even scary when you can't see it clearly - btw, that's 6 full pages wasted! I wish the author will just scale the pictures down to fit one page, that is still 9x11 inches and quite adequate. The pair of 3-D "glasses" is just a cardboard. So by the time you hold the "glasses" you don't have enough hands to flatten the book to avoid any glares.

In all honesty, this is just an okay book. We prefer Chased by Sea Monsters which has more sea monsters and better index.

Chased By Sea Monsters
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One of the critics of TV is that it distracts people from reading. This might be true in some cases, but for the genre of prehistoric life (outside of dinosaurs), the CGI documentaries on cable and satellite TV have driven the sale of related books. This big, coffe-table book is one such example. Not quite as lavish as the books by Tim Haines, or the Walking with Dinosaurs series, this is still an impressive work by National Geographic, and features 3-D 2-page spreads with a pair of 3-D glasses. There is an accompanying movie of course, but the book is quite good by itself. It provides a mix of fossil-hunting documentary, to color illustrations of ancient sea monsters, along with descriptions of possible lifestyles and such. All told, a great book.
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My then 7 year old little brother was on a serious sea monster kick after visiting the awesome Onion Creek Mosasaur exhibit at the Texas Memorial Museum in Austin. We then watched Chased by Sea Monsters, which is the DVD that this book is companion to.

Naturally, all summer long he read every book I could get him that was about huge prehistoric ocean creatures. This is a great introduction to National Geographic for young readers and also makes a fascinating read for people of all ages interested in the sea monster evolution and what lurked in our ancient oceans. Some of the fantastic artwork is in 3D to further intrigue younger readers (my kid brother loved it!)

There are over 20 prehistoric sea creatures described including savage MONSTER sharks to bloodthirsty marine reptiles like mosasaurs, which are believed to be distantly related to monitor lizards such as the Komodo Dragon and which became our summer favourites. Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep contains an abundance of detailed information about the prehistoric ocean and is really a great primer on marine paleontology.

Recommended for anyone with an interest in prehistoric sharks and marine reptiles, and especially for the young ones (or your inner child) fascinated by sea monsters!
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This companion to the screen film SEA MONSTERS stands alone well as an excellent addition to any general-interest lending library strong in sea exploration and ecology. Some 100 images taken from the film - many in 3-D - bring these sea monsters to life, while accompanying dialogue from pioneering paleontologists trace the vanished worlds and creatures of the past and brings prehistory to life. An excellent pick for any collection appealing to lay readers of prehistoric life or aquatic history.

Diane C. Donovan
California Bookwatch
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This book is a showcase for the Nat Geo movie of the same name and has little value as a standalone book. It has large 3-d pictures that you must use the little paper framed 3-D glasses to appreciate. This really doesn't work well at all. The images are also printed across two pages in many cases so that they are ruined by parts of the image being buried in the spine. About 20% of the book is tied up with sections on the making of the movie and about the art that they used - pure self promotion. I was very disappointed when I received this and cannot understand how this book got so many high reviews.
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I love this book! I bought it for my 2yr old son who saw the movie for this book and has been watching it every day since.. He loves the movie, and when I saw this book on here for such a great price, I had to pick it up. The book is full of interesting information for me to read and then make it easier for my 2yr old to understand. The pictures are great and my son really enjoys talking about what is "going on" in each picture. I am really glad that I purchased this book for him, and I recommend it for anyone who is interested in learning more about these great sea monsters. It is a great book for a curious 2yr old and their parents as well!
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I bought this book for my young son and he loves it. So do I! The artwork is fantastic, very realistic. It's also well written and packed with interesting information about prehistoric sea creatures. This book is a winner for all ages. I highly recommend it.

--Guy P. Harrison, author of

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