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New Kansas Moasasaur
Just a short note to announce two new mosasaur pages at Oceans of Kansas
Paleontology. One reviewer referred to them as "Beauty and the Beast"
In this case, the "Beast" is an ugly Pierre Shale fossil (invaded by
selenite) which happens to be the first Kansas record of the mosasaur
_Plioplatecarpus_. The specimen consists of major elements of the skull
(a complete muzzle but no quadrates), a mixture of cervical and dorsal
vertebrae and a few rib fragments. There are pictures on my website at:
< http://www.oceansofkansas.com/kansplio.html >
The little "Beauty" is a nicely preserved, quite small specimen of
_Clidastes propython_ from the upper Smoky Hill Chalk of western Kansas.
Those pictures appear on this webpage:
< http://www.oceansofkansas.com/clidaste.html >
As usual, comments or corrections are appreciated.
Mike Everhart < www.oceansofkansas.com >
Adjunct Curator of Paleontology
Sternberg Museum of Natural History
Fort Hays State University, Hays, KS