Explore the history of nearly every geologic time period in ancient Wyoming at a free lecture and book signing July 28 from 12:15 − 1:15 p.m. at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West. Combining paleontology, geology, and artistry, authors Kirk Johnson and Will Clyde examine Wyoming as it is in present day and as it was in the past.
Johnson and Clyde’s book, titled Ancient Wyoming: A Dozen Lost World Based on the Geology of the Bighorn Basin, explores the intriguing details of the flora and fauna of the past three hundred million years.
Johnson, a paleontologist and geologist, is also the Sant Director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. He oversees more than 128 million objects—the largest natural history collection in the world. Additionally, he is host of the public television Nova series “Making North America,” a three part series that discusses the shaping of North America. Johnson discovered the fascinating nature of the Bighorn Basin when he was a student at the Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association field station in Red Lodge, Montana, in 1981.
Clyde is a Professor of Geology at the University of New Hampshire, and has been studying the geology and paleontology of the Bighorn Basin since 1991. He recently led the Bighorn Basin Coring Project, a scientific drilling project aimed at building a better understanding of past periods of global warming.
The lecture and book signing takes place in the Center of the West’s Coe Auditorium. For more information, please contact Bonnie Smith at [email protected] or call her at 307-578-4020.
Stay abreast of all the summer’s activities at the Center of the West by visiting centerofthewest.org/calendar.
Since 1917, the award-winning Buffalo Bill Center of the West in Cody, Wyoming, has devoted itself to sharing the story of the authentic American West. The Center is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For additional information, visit centerofthewest.org or the Center’s Facebook page.