Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline with Kirk Johnson

Dec 3, 2018


At the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Dr. Kirk Johnson oversees the largest natural history collection in the world. But before he went to D.C., in 2012, Johnson was one of our own here at the Museum for 21 years. Johnson returns to share his newest book with Ray Troll, Cruisin’ the Fossil Coastline: The Travels of an Artist and a Scientist along the Shores of the Prehistoric Pacific. Johnson and Troll are back on the road—driving, flying, and boating their way from Baja, California, to northern Alaska in search of the fossil secrets of North America’s Pacific Coast.  As one of the oldest coasts on Earth, it is rich ground for fossil discovery, with extinct marine mammals, pygmy mammoths, oyster bears, shark-bitten camels, polar dinosaurs, California walruses, and a lava-baked rhinoceros.

Join us for a lively evening with Johnson as he takes you on a fossil journey through deep time and shows how the West Coast became the place it is today.

A book sale & signing will follow the lecture.