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80 Million Years Ago, Western Kansas was Covered by Water. What Can Prehistoric Ocean Life Teach Us Today?

Alexandra Bonham, right, sifts through the rubble at Castle Rock badlands for clues about life in the prehistoric sea that covered western Kansas. (Photo by David Condos / Kansas News Service)

Paleontologists, seeking to learn about prehistoric ocean life, have been flocking to a place that’s about as far from the ocean as you can get: dry, dusty western Kansas. What they’re finding could teach us both about life in the ancient world and about the future of life in a changing climate.


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