The story of the Kansas City region doesn't begin with fur traders and settlers. The area's geologic history goes back millions of years.
That eons-ago era of rising and falling seas and thick green forests of towering ferns is explored in the new exhibit KCBC on display from March 1 through April 26, 2013 at the Central Library, 14 W. 10th St.
The exhibit complements Kansas City Millions of Years Ago - Reading the Rocks, a show of digital illustrations and actual fossils at the Box Gallery in Suite 211 of the Commerce Bank Building, 1000 Walnut St.
The rocks beneath our feet tell us much about our area's pre-history. There we find imprinted in stone the outlines of stemmed crinoids, plant-like animals that lived on the floor of ancient seas. In the 19th century construction crews in downtown Kansas City uncovered the fossil remains of now-extinct animals.
The exhibits were curated by Richard J. Gentile, UMKC professor emeritus of geosciences and volunteer museum curator and docent.
Admission is free. Free parking is available at the Library District Parking Garage at 10th & Baltimore.