Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

An Epoch Deep Time Adventure with Artist Ray Troll and Paleontologist Kirk Johnson

Archived Webinar

The Zoom webinar with Paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll aired June 20, 2020. Watch a recording in the player above.


Paleontologist Kirk Johnson and artist Ray Troll have been friends and collaborators for almost 30 years. They calculate that they have traveled more than 20,000 miles and spent a solid year of their lives together.

Kirk is the director of Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and Ray is a science-inspired Alaskan artist whose illustrations have appeared on more than 2 million t-shirts! While roaming North America they searched for cool fossils, visited many museums, met the people who love and collect fossils, and told the ancient stories of the modern landscapes they encountered. 

Watch this unique scientist-artist duo as they discuss their journeys documenting and exploring the natural world.

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