CONTACT: GARY GALLUZZO
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0009; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: July 25, 2002
UI Museum Of Natural History Presents 'The Fossil Guy' July 28
The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will offer a series of
short programs this summer by local amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson
-- aka "The Fossil Guy" -- beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 28.
All programs will take place in the lobby of the Iowa Hall gallery in Macbride
Hall on the UI campus, with the 1 p.m. July 28 activity -- "Tyrannosaurus
rex: Big Bully of the Cretaceous Age" -- scheduled to repeat every 45
minutes with the final presentation beginning at 3:15 p.m.
Johnson's talk 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, and Nebraska.
Other topics in the Sunday afternoon series include:
August 4: "Sabertooth Cats and Their Prey: Extinct Mammals of
the Pleistocene Age."
August 11: "Ancient Creatures Trapped in Amber."
August 18: "What Causes Extinction?"
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.