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Sea Monsters: Prehistoric Creatures of the Deep Hardcover – October 2, 2007
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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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
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!
Diane C. Donovan
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My young son picked this out at the local aquarium. We purchased from Amazon, though. The pictures are very vivid and interesting. Read morePublished 10 months ago by K Mawhinney
I sent this to my nephew, who loves it. I would like one myself, as I have heard it is a great book.Published on January 26, 2014 by lynn blanchard
This book has great photos and was sent in great time, and had 3-d glasses, which WERE provided. It has pictures of fossils and it gives you a feeeling of wonder about the monsters... Read morePublished on September 11, 2013 by JAMES mell
This sea monsters book looks good. What if sea monsters are alive today. They could eat people and any animals under the sea. That is scary! I gave five stars.Published on April 8, 2013 by polaroid seeker
My kids are homeschooled, therefore I am always grapping up good book deals. This is a really cool book, and the sender really did fulfill there part of the deal. Read morePublished on January 12, 2013 by RD4
Great Book almost as good as the IMAX movie. The book is interesting and explains very well a world that has long since passed from the one that we know today.Published on December 30, 2012 by John T. Sweet
I bought this book for my 11yo son who is into prehistoric creatures both sea and land and since receiving it he hasnt put it down. Read morePublished on August 7, 2012 by kerrylee
This book references all the sea monsters based on fossil evidences and so it makes it worth reading because you know it's not all non-fictional garbage. Read morePublished on December 14, 2010 by C. Nguyen