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Ammonites, trilobites, dinosaurs, oh my!

Fossils are all around us. That's the message paleontologist Kirk Johnson and celebrated artist Ray Troll share in "Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway"--a traveling exhibit based on the book of the same title published in 2007. Fossils have long been a subject of fascination and are used by paleontologists to help reveal clues about early life on Earth. But how much can the fossil record tell us about evolution, extinction, and geologic time? Visitors to the exhibit will be encouraged to explore these key questions.

The exhibit features nineteen framed color prints of Troll's whimsical artwork from the book. Accompanying illustrations, maps, and stories of the illustrations, maps and stories of the duo's "opoch tale" highlight Troll and Johnson's 5,000-mile road trip through the American West as they sought to explore the fossil record.


Dr. Martin is a paleontologist, geologist and one of the world’s most accomplished ichnologists. He is the co-discoverer of the first known burrowing dinosaur, found the oldest dinosaur burrows in the geologic record, documented the best assemblage of polar-dinosaur tracks in the Southern Hemisphere, and recently reported the oldest fossil bird tracks in Australia. He has traveled widely in the U.S. and abroad for his field work and just did three weeks of field work this summer at a dinosaur nesting site in Montana. He has published two editions of a popular college textbook on dinosaurs, “Introduction to the Study of Dinosaurs”, “Life Traces of the Georgia Coast” and “Dinosaurs Without Bones.” 

The  “Cruisin’ the Fossil Freeway” exhibit (from September 25 to December 19, 2014), is hosted by the Georgia Power Endowment and the Department of Biological & Environmental Sciences, and features the work of Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson with fossils from the Georgia College Natural History Museum.

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