A well known family
Charles' had three sons that learned early on in their lives about fossils from their father. The oldest son, George F. Sternberg, was hired as a field vertebrate paleontologist and curator of the Museum at Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. He is mostly known famously for excavating the "fish within a fish" which is the most complete specimen of a Xiphactinus Audax with a 6-ft fish inside of it. This specimen was excavated in 1952 and can be still seen today in the Sternberg Museum in Hays.
Charles M. Sternberg was the middle son that also learned about fossils at a young age, after moving to Canada in 1912 collecting fossils and shipping them out of the country, Charles assumed the role of director of paleontology enterprise of the Geological Survey of Canada in 1919. Here Charles published 47 papers on fossil vertebrates, that many were based on his own remarkable discoveries.