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Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline

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November 10, 2018-March 17, 2019

Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline explores the connections between art and science through fantastically colorful renderings by artist Ray Troll and the research of paleontologist Kirk Johnson, who is also the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Together, Troll and Johnson logged more than 10,000 miles in 250 days as they traveled up and down the coast stopping by fossil dig sites, visiting museums, examining research collections, and meeting with like-minded scientists and artists. Cruisin' paints a vivid picture of their adventures, bringing to life the creatures that once roamed the West Coast thousands of years ago and highlighting the dramatic changes in California's landscape, plants, and animals over time. Sculpture, maps, a giant Harlan's ground sloth fossil (Paramylodon harlani) and other fossils and bones from the collections of OMCA and the California Academy of Sciences will allow visitors to see the natural environment of California in a new way.

Through four thematic sections, visitors will learn about Troll and Johnson's collaboration as artist and scientist, including details about their road trip and a video about how they bonded over a love of fossils. Original works and large reproductions of Troll's illustrations will be displayed throughout the exhibition, as well as a map highlighting 50 Bay Area fossil finds uncovered during major construction projects, such as the building of the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system and the Oakland Coliseum complex. Large maps and illustrations will illuminate California locations of significance where plant and animal fossils have been discovered. Visitors can compare fossils and bones to discover the differences and similarities between living animals and their extinct predecessors.
November 10, 2018-March 17, 2019 Cruisin' the Fossil Coastline explores the connections between art and science through fantastically colorful renderings by artist Ray Troll and the research of paleontologist Kirk Johnson, who is also the director of the Smithsonian National Mus...
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