Millions of years ago when dinosaurs roamed North America, another ecosystem full of monstrous animals were fighting for existence in a vast interior seaway which spanned the latitude of the continent, dividing North America down its center. The Western Interior Seaway covered most of the American Midwest between the Arctic Ocean and the Gulf of Mexico and was home to some of history's most fearsome, real sea monsters.
Paleontologists have been hunting these ancient creatures preserved as fossils in the Late Cretaceous sediments of Kansas for more than a century and a half. The skeletons displayed in the exhibit have been produced by replicating the original fossil specimens stored and exhibited in many of the world's most prestigious museums and fossil collections.
Technologies like molding and 3D scanning applied to fossil bones allow us to 3D print and pour cast replicas of real fossils without damaging specimens. The fossil replicas arranged and mounted in articulations they would have had in life, allow scientists and casual observers to grasp what these ancient sea monsters might have looked like and how they lived.
Savage Ancient Seas is the only traveling exhibition featuring the marine fossil world that existed between 87 and 70 million years ago during the Late Cretaceous Period. The exhibit is filled with huge carnivorous marine reptiles, gigantic flesh-eating fish big enough to swallow an adult human, flying reptiles with the wingspan of a small airplane and the biggest sea turtles to have ever lived.
Unrivaled for their amazing varieties, voracious appetites, incredible teeth and gaping jaws, the creatures of the Savage Ancient Seas are unlike anything known in today's world.
Awe-inspiring mounted skeletons ranging in size from 1 to 45 feet in length are accompanied by accurate and engaging information via kiosks, touchscreens, graphic panels, mobile device content, big-screen videos and real fossils for visitors to touch.
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