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Sternberg Exhibits Tell Many Tales:



In the age of dinosaurs, warm seas inundated Kansas. The Western Interior Seaway of the Cretaceous period stretched from the Arctic to the Gulf of Mexico and divided North America into two large land masses. Dinosaurs prowled the shores and uplands. Flying reptiles soared overhead and ventured out over the seaway to feed on abundant fish. Giant marine reptiles lurked beneath the waves. The soft sediments of the sea floor preserved the remains of many of the creatures that thrived in that sea. Over millions of years, the sediments were buried, compressed into chalk, and eventually uplifted as the sea receded. As erosion gradually exposed the chalk, its hidden fossil treasures awaited discovery.

NOT SO LONG AGO…exhibits-sternberg

Shortly after the Civil War, a young Charles H. Sternberg moved to Kansas. Here he discovered his first fossil and launched an illustrious career. Sternberg spent his life collecting fossils throughout western North America and trained his three sons to do the same. His eldest son, George F. Sternberg, eventually returned to the fossil-rich chalk fields of western Kansas. Here, George worked tirelessly to build up the museum that today bears the name of his famous family of fossil hunters.

TODAY AND TOMORROW…FishwithinaFish&Kids

It doesn’t stop there. Ongoing field work and scientific research yields growing collections and an evolving understanding of our living world. They help us to answer many of the difficult questions facing society today and into the future. Dynamic exhibits present new scientific findings, classic interpretations, and the challenges of tomorrow in a fun, engaging, and meaningful way.