Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway: An Epoch Tale of a Scientist and an Artist on the Ultimate 5,000-Mile Paleo Road Trip

Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway: An Epoch Tale of a Scientist and an Artist on the Ultimate 5,000-Mile Paleo Road Trip

by Kirk Johnson, Ray Troll
     
 

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The travels of a paleontologist and an artist as they drive across the American West in search of fossils. Throughout their journey, they encounter "paleonerds" like themselves, people dedicated to finding everything from suburban T. rexes to ancient fossilized forests.

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The travels of a paleontologist and an artist as they drive across the American West in search of fossils. Throughout their journey, they encounter "paleonerds" like themselves, people dedicated to finding everything from suburban T. rexes to ancient fossilized forests.

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AGERANGE: Ages 12 to adult.

Paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll traveled 5,000 miles around the American West searching for fossils and studying the rocks that contain them. As they report on their trip we are treated to a history of the Earth and early creatures such as ammonites, trilobites, dinosaurs, early mammals and plants such as giant broccoli. We also meet hundreds of folks, from rock hounds to bartenders. The book is lavishly illustrated with photos and Troll’s colorful pictures, which create a comic book quality that will appeal to YA readers. Johnson, the chief curator of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, writes in a casual style that is both educational and entertaining. He is the author of three other popular books, including Gas Trees and Car Turds: A Kids’ Guide to the Roots of Global Warming. Johnson makes the reader want to pull off the road at the nearest road cut and poke around. Students will be inspired to start hunting fossils of Archaeotherium, the Pig from Hell. Ray Troll has illustrated half a dozen popular books. His science-infused art has appeared on more than a million T-shirts. Reviewer: Janet Julian
March 2008 (Vol. 42, No.2)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781555914516
Publisher:
Fulcrum Publishing
Publication date:
10/08/2007
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
425,049
Product dimensions:
10.38(w) x 10.52(h) x 0.71(d)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

Meet the Author


Kirk R. Johnson is the Sant Director of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History. He received his PhD in geology and paleobotany from Yale University in 1989, and did postdoctoral research in the rainforests of northern Australia before joining the Denver Museum of Natural History in 1991, where he directed the installation of the museum's Prehistoric Journey exhibit. His research focuses on fossil plants, the environmental effects of the dinosaur-smiting asteroid, and the birth and death of biomes. Johnson also works with artists to create accurate and plausible paintings, murals, and dioramas of prehistoric landscapes, several of which are on display in the Colorado Convention Center. Johnson lives in Washington, D. C.

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