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Western Kansas Fossil Hunters to Appear on NOVA

Gwynn Williams

Chuck Bonner and Barbara Shelton have been collecting fossils in Western Kansas for years. They run a small gallery in a tiny limestone church 18 miles north of Scott City on US 83. But the number of people who have a chance to see their collection is about to grow—by about 52 million people.

That’s the viewership of NOVA, the PBS program on which the duo will appear tonight, reports The Hutchinson News. For the program Bonner and Shelton take host Kirk Johnson on a field expedition into the chalk beds. The trek is part of the show that explains the Western Interior Seaway.  For the episode, the trio will roam the hills discussing the vertebrae of a particular fish fossil which Bonner and Shelton have been collecting.

Part two of the NOVA series “Making North America,” will air at 8 p.m on Wednesday evening.