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Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway opens

Event Date: 
Sat, 10/06/2012 - 10:00am - 5:00pm
'CRUISIN' THE FOSSIL FREEWAY' -- ART AND SCIENCE WORK TOGETHER TO PRESENT STORY OF EARLY LIFE ON EARTH
 
Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson a Traveling Exhibition from Seattle's Burke Museum
 
Opening Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at the Michigan State University Museum

Ammonites, trilobites, dinosaurs, oh my! Fossils are all around us. That's the message paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll share in the traveling exhibit Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson, opening at the Michigan State University Museum on Saturday, Oct. 6.
 
Fossils have long been a subject of fascination and are used by paleontologists to help answer questions about early life on Earth. But how much can the fossil record tell us about evolution, extinction, and geologic time?
Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway features 19 framed color prints and five large-scale murals of Ray Troll's whimsical, fossil-inspired artwork, all of which were created for a book of the same title, published by Troll and Johnson in 2007.
 
The book records the "epoch tale" of the duo's 5,000-mile road trip through the American West as they sought to explore the fossil record. The exhibit combines visuals and stories from the book with real fossil specimens from the Michigan State University Museum's own paleontology collection.
 
The exhibit's tour at MSU is sponsored by the MSU Federal Credit Union.