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Release: Nov. 14, 2002

Museum Of Natural History Presents 'The Fossil Guy' Nov. 17, Nov. 24

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History's series of Sunday programs by local amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson -- aka "The Fossil Guy" -- continues with "Titanothere to Eumys: Large & Small in the Age of Mammals" at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17 and "Not Just Dinosaur BONES: Trace fossils and OTHER evidence of the dinosaurs" at 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24. All programs repeat at 1:45, 2:30 and 3:15 p.m. and take place in the lobby of the Iowa Hall gallery in Macbride Hall on the UI campus.

On Nov. 17, Johnson will focus on the size differences among the mammals of the Oligocene Epoch, 35-25 million years ago, with items ranging from a jaw section of Titanothere, a huge, extinct rhinoceros, to ancient squirrel jaws and the remains of tiny mammals such as bats.

The Nov. 24 program will include a Hadrosaur egg, dinosaur "gizzard stones," and fossilized evidence of dinosaur skin.

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 or 319-335-0480.