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Release: Oct. 10, 2002

UI Museum of Natural History presents 'The Fossil Guy' Sunday, Oct. 13

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 "Fossil Hunting Out West" at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 13, 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.

Johnson, a member of the Cedar Valley Rock & Mineral Society, will draw upon his own fieldwork experience to describe "how the dirty work gets done," share information on needed clothing, tools, and supplies, and present a photographic tour of his fossil-hunting adventures. He will also offer a hands-on, question-and-answer session focused on five different fossil bearing formations in Nebraska and South Dakota: the Hell Creek, the Niobrara Chalk, the Pierre Shale, certain Pleistocene deposits and the White River Badlands.

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.