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Release: April 2, 2003

‘Fossil Guy’ Continues Museum Of Natural History Talks

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will continue to host Saturday afternoon programs by local amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson -- aka "The Fossil Guy" –- on Saturday, April 5 and Saturday, April 12. The sessions will be at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. in the lobby of the Iowa Hall gallery in Macbride Hall on the UI campus.

The April 5 program, “Raptor,” will focus on dinosaurs called raptors and explore such questions as whether raptors had feathers and how their teeth differed from other meat-eaters. Participants will be invited to view raptor teeth through the microscope, build a model and view and touch fossil raptor bones.

The April 12 program is called “Sabertooth Cats and Their Prey: Extinct mammals of the Pleistocene Age.” Participants will be able to focus on a full-size cast of a skull to see how the cats used their specialized teeth.

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. Visit the Museum Website at www.uiowa.edu/~nathist

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the Museum of Natural History.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu.