Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway

An Epoch Tale of a Scientist and an Artist on the Ultimate 5,000-mile Paleo Road Trip

Author: Kirk Johnson

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 1555914519

Category: Nature

Page: 204

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Two "paleonerds" embark on a roadtrip across the West in search of fossils.

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline

The Travels of an Artist and a Scientist Along the Shores of the Prehistoric Pacific

Author: Kirk R. Johnson,Ray Troll

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781555917432


Page: 208

View: 674

In the much-awaited sequel to the bestselling book, "Cruisin' The Fossil Freeway", we are back on another road trip with paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll. This time the two friends drive, fly, and boat their way from Baja California to northern Alaska in search of the fossil secrets of North America's Pacific coast. They hunt for fossils, visit museums, meet scientists and paleonerds and sleuth out untold stories of extinct worlds. As one of the oldest coasts on Earth, the West Coast is a rich ground for fossil discovery. Its wonders include extinct marine mammals, pygmy mammoths, oyster bears, immense ammonites, shark-bitten camels, polar dinosaurs, Alaskan palms, California walruses and a lava-baked rhinoceros. Join in for a fossil journey through deep time and discover how the West Coast came to be the place it is today.

Prehistoric Journey

A History of Life on Earth

Author: Kirk R. Johnson,Richard Keith Stucky

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 1555915531

Category: Science

Page: 144

View: 5095

This is the story of the animals and plants that populated prehistoric Earth. It follows the journey of life from single-cell organisms to direct human ancestors.

Planet Ocean

A Story of Life, the Sea, and Dancing to the Fossil Record

Author: Bradford Matsen

Publisher: N.A


Category: Nature

Page: 133

View: 5453

This is the paperback edition of the great pop-paleontology book with the fabulous art that inspired a show that toured the nation's natural history museums. In its own way it has inspired many people to take a new look at the fossil record and imagine creatures and things as they might have been—a blend of word and image unlike any other. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Ancient Wyoming

A Dozen Lost Worlds Based on the Geology of the Bighorn Basin

Author: Kirk Johnson,Will Clyde

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781936218097

Category: History

Page: 64

View: 6774

Sponsored by a grant from the National Science Foundation to the Denver Museum of Natural History. Ever wondered what the ground below you was like millions of years ago? Merging paleontology, geology, and artistry, Ancient Wyoming illustrates scenes from the distant past and provides fascinating details on the flora and fauna of the past 300 million years. The book provides a unique look at Wyoming, both as it is today and as it was throughout ancient history--at times a vast ocean, a lush rain forest, and a mountain prairie.

Raptors, Fossils, Fins and Fangs

A Prehistoric Creature Feature

Author: Ray Troll,Bradford Matsen

Publisher: Tricycle Press

ISBN: 9781883672751

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 32

View: 909

Trilobites, fish with legs, weird prehistoric sharks, and fearsome dinosaurs coexist peaceably in the coolest paleontology book to come along this millennium. Long ago, a fish made its way out of the ocean and onto dry land. It was one small step for a fish, but one giant leap for fishkind—and it led to all sorts of interesting creatures like, well, people. Yes, RAPTORS, FOSSILS, FINS & FANGS dares to say the "e" word to children: that's evolution. That's life. After all, it's the lucky fish who gets the cheeseburger.

Ancient Denvers

Scenes from the Past 300 Million Years of the Colorado Front Range

Author: Kirk Johnson,Kirk R. Johnson,Robert G. H. Raynolds

Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing

ISBN: 155591554X

Category: History

Page: 34

View: 8450

A look at how the geology, environment, and landscape of what is now Denver has changed over the millennia.

Something Fishy This Way Comes

The Artwork of Ray Troll

Author: Ray Troll

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781570616822

Category: Art

Page: 128

View: 6475

A gallery of "visual limericks" from the artist's 30-year career of creating artwork for T-shirts and museum installations.

Ray Troll's shocking fish tales

fish, romance, and death in pictures

Author: Bradford Matsen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780882404165

Category: Design

Page: 101

View: 3282

Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway Map

The Ultimate Prehistoric Road Map to the Best of the American West


Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781682751558


Page: N.A

View: 2190

Digging Snowmastodon

Discovering an Ice Age World in the Colorado Rockies

Author: Kirk Johnson,Ian Miller

Publisher: People's PressLlc

ISBN: 9781936905065

Category: Nature

Page: 141

View: 5672

Discusses the 2010 discovery and excavation of a large collection of Ice Age fossils in the Colorado Rockies.

Rapture of the Deep

The Art of Ray Troll

Author: Ray Troll

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520239474

Category: Art

Page: 133

View: 8701

A celebration of the author's artistic vision offers a vivid retrospective of the artist's legendary works, as well as the author's commentary on the thought and inspiration behind his art.

Life's a Fish and Then You Fry

An Alaska Seafood Cookbook

Author: Randy Bayliss

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780882405537

Category: Cooking

Page: 208

View: 1272

"Life's a Fish and Then You Fry" takes a romp through the culinary curiosities of coastal Alaska. With snappy cooking tips from Randy Bayliss, and the weird and wonderful art of Ray Troll, this is not your mother's cookbook.


A Sea of Sharks from A to Z

Author: Ray Troll

Publisher: Turtleback Books

ISBN: 9780613933803

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 39

View: 8092

It's "Jaws" all over again in this thrilling, chilling alphabet book for kids. Sharks, both living and extinct, lurk throughout its pages so kids can learn amazing facts about these dangerous and bizarre animals from the deep. Illustrations.

Gas Trees and Car Turds

A Kids' Guide to the Roots of Global Warming

Author: Kirk R. Johnson,Kirk Johnson,Mary Ann Bonnell

Publisher: Fulcrum Pub

ISBN: 9781555916664

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 38

View: 4921

Explains how carbon can be cycled in and out of trees, the ocean, and the air; describes how human activity has added more carbon to the cycle than ever before in Earth's history; and discusses how this carbon causes global warming.

Fossil Ecosystems of North America

A Guide to the Sites and their Extraordinary Biotas

Author: Paul Selden,John Nudds

Publisher: CRC Press

ISBN: 1840765070

Category: Science

Page: 288

View: 5147

Most major recent advances in understanding the history of life on Earth have been through the study of exceptionally well preserved biotas (Fossil-Lagerstätten). These are windows on the history of life on Earth and can provide a fairly complete picture of the evolution of ecosystems through time. This book follows the success of Evolution of Fossil Ecosystems by the same authors which covered Fossil-Lagerstätten around the world. The success of the first book prompted this new book which draws on four localities from the original book and adds another ten, all located in North America. Following an introduction to Fossil-Lagerstätten, each chapter deals with a single fossil locality. Each chapter contains a brief introduction placing the Lagerstätte in an evolutionary context; there then follows a history of study of the locality; the background sedimentology, stratigraphy and palaeoenvironment; a description of the biota; discussion of the palaeoecology, and a comparison with other Lagerstätten of a similar age and/or environment. At the end of the book is an Appendix listing museums in which to see exhibitions of fossils from each locality and suggestions for visiting the sites.

In Pursuit of Early Mammals

Author: Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska

Publisher: Indiana University Press

ISBN: 0253008247

Category: Science

Page: 272

View: 4679

In Pursuit of Early Mammals presents the history of the mammals that lived during the Mesozoic era, the time when dinosaurs ruled the Earth, and describes their origins, anatomy, systematics, paleobiology, and distribution. It also tells the story of the author, a world-renowned specialist on these animals, and the other prominent paleontologists who have studied them. Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska was the first woman to lead large-scale paleontological expeditions, including eight to the Gobi Desert in Mongolia, which brought back important collections of dinosaur, early mammal, and other fossils. She shares the difficulties and pleasures encountered in finding rare fossils and describes the changing views on early mammals made possible by these discoveries.

Rough-Hewn Land

A Geologic Journey from California to the Rocky Mountains

Author: Keith Heyer Meldahl

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520275772

Category: History

Page: 318

View: 6961

"Rough-Hewn Land tells the geologic story of the American West--the story of its rocks, rivers, mountains, earthquakes, and mineral wealth, including gold. It tells it by taking you on a 1000-mile-long field trip across the rough side of the continent from the California coast to the Rocky Mountains. This book puts you on the outcrop, geologic hammer in hand, to explore the evidence for how the spectacular, rough-hewn lands of the West came to be. When North America broke free from Eurasia and Africa some 200 million years ago, it triggered a cascade of violent geologic events that shaped the West we see today. As the west-moving continent crunched across the seabed of the ancient Pacific, islands and assorted pieces of ocean floor collected against its prow to build California--and plant gold there too. Meanwhile, mountains squeezed upward from California to Colorado, and vast quantities of molten rock seeded the crust with precious metals while spewing volcanic fire across the land. Later, the land stretched like an accordion to form the washboard-like Basin and Range province and Great Basin within it, while California began to crackle along the San Andreas fault. Throughout the West today, a near-constant drumroll of earthquakes testifies to a world still reshaping itself in response to the ceaseless movements of the Earth's tectonic plates. Rough-Hewn Land weaves these stories into the human history of the West. As we follow the adventures of John C. Frémont, Mark Twain, the Donner party, and other historic characters, we see how geologic forces have shaped human experience, just as they direct the fate of the West today"--

Dinosaurs Without Bones

Dinosaur Lives Revealed by Their Trace Fossils

Author: Anthony J. Martin

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 1480448028

Category: Science

Page: 400

View: 534

“[Bubbling] over with the joy of scientific discovery. . . . Great fun for anyone looking to revive their childhood dinosaur obsessions.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review What if we woke up one morning all of the dinosaur bones in the world were gone? How would we know these iconic animals had a 165-million year history on earth, and had adapted to all land-based environments from pole to pole? What clues would be left to discern not only their presence, but also to learn about their sex lives, raising of young, social lives, combat, and who ate who? What would it take for us to know how fast dinosaurs moved, whether they lived underground, climbed trees, or went for a swim? Welcome to the world of ichnology, the study of traces and trace fossils—such as tracks, trails, burrows, nests, toothmarks, and other vestiges of behavior—and how through these remarkable clues, we can explore and intuit the rich and complicated lives of dinosaurs. With a unique, detective-like approach, interpreting the forensic clues of these long-extinct animals that leave a much richer legacy than bones, Martin brings the wild world of the Mesozoic to life for the twenty-first-century reader.

Paleoart: Visions of the Prehistoric Past, 1830-1980

Author: Zoe Lescaze

Publisher: Taschen

ISBN: 9783836555111

Category: Art

Page: 286

View: 7655

Dinosaurs Are Forever A pictorial history of paleoart It was 1830 when an English scientist named Henry De la Beche painted the first piece of paleoart, a dazzling, deliciously macabre vision of prehistoric reptiles battling underwater. Since then, artists the world over have conjured up visions of dinosaurs, woolly mammoths, cavemen, and other creatures, shaping our understanding of the primeval past through their exhilarating images. In this unprecedented new book, writer Zo� Lescaze and artist Walton Ford present the astonishing history of paleoart from 1830 to 1990. These are not cave paintings produced thousands of years ago, but modern visions of the prehistory: stunning paintings, prints, drawings, sculptures, mosaics, and murals that mingle scientific fact with unbridled fantasy. The collection provides an in-depth look at this neglected niche of art history, and shows the artists charged with imagining these extinct creatures projected their own aesthetic whims onto prehistory, rendering the primordial past with dashes of Romanticism, Impressionism, Japonisme, Fauvism, and Art Nouveau, among other influences. With incisive essays from Lescaze, a preface by Ford, five fold-outs, and dozens of details, the book showcases a stunning collection of artworks plucked from major natural history museums, obscure archives, and private collections, and includes new photography of key works, including Charles R. Knight's seminal dinosaur paintings in Chicago and little-known masterpieces such as A. M. Belashova's monumental mosaic in Moscow. From the fearsome to the fantastical, Paleoart: Visions of a Prehistoric Past 1830-1990 is a celebration of prehistoric animals in art, and a novel chance to understand our favorite extinct beasts through a new art historical lens.