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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 30, 2004

'Fossil Guy' Brings Expanded Program To Museum Of Natural History

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present a series of seven Saturday afternoon programs hosted by local amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson -- aka "The Fossil Guy" -- and Mark Anderson, project archaeologist in the Office of the State Archaeologist (OSA). The first program, "The World of the Giant Sloth," given by Johnson, is set for 1, 2 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, in Room 112 of Macbride Hall on the UI campus.

The series, titled "Looking Back at Earth's Creatures: The Ice Age and Beyond," aims to educate and entertain as well as provide question and answer time and hands-on exploration time. It is being held in conjunction with the OSA's recognition of October as Archaeology Month and its theme, "Life in the Ice Age."

The remaining six programs, all of which will be held at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. in Macbride Auditorium, Second Floor of Macbride Hall, are:

-- Oct. 16, "The Ice Age: Megafauna & People Or: How big creatures were hunted, killed, and eaten by humans," by Anderson.

-- Oct. 23, "Top Cat -- #1 Predator in the Ice Age," on saber tooth cats, by Anderson.

-- Oct. 30, "The Ice Age: Mammoths, Mastodons, & Humans," by Anderson.

-- Nov. 6, "When Tyrannosaurs Roamed Montana, by Johnson, will feature a complete, full-size cast of the skull of a T. Rex.

-- Nov. 13, "Duck-billed Dinos: Lovely Faces of the Cretaceous," by Johnson, will explore the ever-popular duck-billed dinosaurs.

-- Nov. 20, "Are you one of them 'Bone Diggers'?", by Johnson, will describe his experiences hunting for dinosaur fossils in Montana.

The programs, designed for all ages, 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 319-335-0481 or 319-335-0480. Visit the Museum website at http://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 in advance.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

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