What A Story

If these fossilized vertebrae could talk ….

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 I found these mosasaur vertebrae in the Niobrara chalk of western Kansas in October 2003.

My oldest son, Keith, was stationed at Fort Riley at the time, and took my husband and I fossil hunting.

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 The Niobrara chalk formed from an inland sea that divided North America during the age of dinosaurs.  Mosasaurs were marine lizards that lived during the late Cretaceous Period. They grew to  59 feet long.

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Mike Everhart joined us for two days and looked over my finds for the trip. Keith had identified these vertebrae for me. Mike told me that a shark bit them off,  and that they were partially digested.

I can’t imagine life in an ancient sea during the time of dinosaurs.

I do know I’d rather visit it in my imagination.


Mike has an extensive website, Oceans of Kansas, and here’s the link to its page on mosasaurs.



19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by my secret love for you on January 8, 2014 at 8:38 am

    wow, so great!


  2. Very cool, my dad had a tail bone of a Brontosaur when I was a kid, he used it as a paper weight on his desk at school..:-)


    • I think fossil hunting must be a genetic condition. Places around here have changed a lot in the last few years and not as many of the usual spots can be hunted now.


      • That’s true, one of my favorite spots my dad and I went fern fossil hunting at Kickapoo St. Park is not accessible any more and there was a place I can’t remember where it was but its a quarry where we used to pull out some amazing Crinoid fossils, I miss those days..:-)

      • We fossil hunted at an old quarry when I was a kid. My kids (especially the 2 boys) hunted several places as they grew up. I have boxes and piles scattered around.

  3. Posted by Therese on January 8, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    You know how I feel about fossils. This is fabulous!


  4. I’d rather not meet the shark that could snack on a 59 foot long dinosaur! Great things to have.


  5. Cool find. This is pretty amazing (and blows the mind).


  6. Great find! 😀 and what a mind-blowing story there was behind it!


  7. I’m so jealous of your fossil hunts :O)! Wonderful finds


  8. Cool finds! I think I mentioned to you before, at 5-6 years old, I went fossil hunting with my parents in the Bad Lands of South Dakota alot. My parents found lots of cool items that were part of my show-&-tells and science classes every year. And I still remember all the walking and walking and walking we did looking, lol.


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