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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.


Ice Age Fossils

Aaron, my grandson, just finished a blog of the rocks he found in the river gravel I have in my gardens. It reminded me of 3 items I found a few years ago. My mother, my best friend and I were at Shawneetown, climbing around on a large pile of river gravel dredged from the Ohio River. The place sold the rock. We’d rock hunt, then picnic at the river and finish the trip off with hunting for driftwood. This one particular trip I found an arrowhead, a partially fossilized bone and a piece of mammoth tooth.

That’s how you know you’re having a good day!

The arrowhead is almost 3 inches long

The bone is 3 inches long. The few people that have seen it says it’s human. I have no idea.

I knew this had to be a piece of mammoth tooth.  It may only be 1 1/4 inch long, but it’s a” big thing” for me.

 Last summer I took the river gravel up from beside my moon garden and put new landscaping cloth down. I found this arrowhead in the process. It’s made from fine sandstone, instead of flint. I think it might have been one made by a young person that was learning to make arrowheads. It’s 2 1/2 inches long.

Several years ago, my oldest son took me up the Ohio River, north of Shawneetown, to the mouth of the Wabash River. The river level was overly low, and this made for sandbar after sandbar. Keith hunted for ice age fossils. I’d get sidetracked with rocks and not cover anywhere near as much territory as he did.

I found the bone on the right. He found the rest. The middle bone and the jaw are from bison. He even found the lower jaw of a young beaver … with the teeth still in it. He has the knack!

There has to be a gene that compels a person to collect rocks. My Mother has it. I have it. Keith has it, and now my grandson Aaron has it too.

It’s a fun thing to have!