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Based on evidence from the fossil record, the poster depicts 29 animals
and plants as they might have appeared in life. These reconstructions
include a handful of common invertebrates (animals without backbones),
such as crinoids, brachiopods, and ammonoids, which lived in the seas
that intermittently covered Kansas during the Pennsylvanian and Permian
Periods starting about 325 million years ago. Other ocean-dwellers include
mosasaurs and plesiosaurs, huge swimming reptiles that preyed on other
creatures in the Cretaceous seas, about 100 million years ago. More recent
inhabitants of the state, such as the land-dwelling mammoths and mastodons
that became extinct roughly 10,000 years ago, are also shown.
The reconstructions are arranged on a state geologic map near the localities
where their fossils have been found. The poster's back side provides additional
information: explanatory text about each of the animals and plants depicted,
photographs of the fossils, a geologic time scale, and a brief introduction
to Kansas fossils.
"For the last few decades, there has been both a public and educational
demand for a poster to help Kansans understand and appreciate the spectacular
fossil history of Kansas," said Jama Kolosick, director of public
education at KU’s NHM. "We hope anyone who is fascinated by
fossils or loves Kansas history will enjoy this poster."
The artwork for the poster was created by KGS graphic artist Jennifer
Sims, and the text was written by KGS assistant editor Liz Brosius and
Kolosick. KGS photographer John Charlton photographed most of the fossils.
The full-color poster is 19 by 32 inches. The cost of the poster is $5.00, plus shipping and handling. Copies are available from the KGS (1930 Constant Ave., Lawrence, KS 66047-3726; phone: 785-864-2157; email: firstname.lastname@example.org) and the NHM gift shop (1345 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045-7561; phone: 785-864-4450).
Duck-billed dinosaur (Claosaurus) from the Fossils of Kansas poster.
Online February 10, 2003
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