CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Aug. 23, 2002
UI Museum of Natural History presents 'The Fossil Guy'
The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will continue a series
of short programs now in progress by local amateur paleontologist Donald F.
Johnson -- aka "The Fossil Guy" -- with the next program set for
1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, and sessions repeating at 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m.
All programs will take place in the lobby of the Iowa Hall gallery in Macbride
Hall on the UI campus, with the Aug. 25 activity -- "The Dinosaurs Called
Raptors: Pack hunters of the Cretaceous" -- repeating every 45 minutes
with the final presentation beginning at 3:15 p.m.
Johnsons talk is for people of all ages and will feature objects from
his own extensive collection, followed by a hands-on, interactive question-and-answer
period. Johnson, who majored in mathematics and physics at Illinois State
University, Normal, Ill., is a member of the Cedar Valley Rock & Mineral
Society and has enjoyed fossil hunting at numerous sites in Iowa, South Dakota,
Other topics in the Sunday afternoon series include:
-- Sept. 1: "What WAS an Oreodont? Extinct mammals of the Oligocene
-- Sept. 8: "Not just Dinosaur BONES: Trace fossils and OTHER evidence
of the dinosaurs."
-- Sept. 15: "Let the Ants do the Work: Microfossils found in anthills?"
The programs are free and open to the public. For more information call
Elizabeth Burdick-Romero, UI Museum of Natural History weekend manager, or
David Brenzel, program coordinator at 319-335-0482.