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University of Iowa News Release

July 6, 2006

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UI Museum Of Natural History Opens Baby Giant Ice Age Sloth Display

Visitors to the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History can now see bones from the recently discovered baby giant ice age sloth on display in a new exhibit, located in the lobby of Iowa Hall on the University of Iowa Pentacrest.

The exhibit, which opened on June 29, was designed and constructed by museum student-staff members Dana Callahan and Elizabeth Hundelt-Colon, supported by volunteer Alex Bryk under the supervision of Curator David Brenzel. Callahan of Guttenberg, Iowa, is a senior history major and anthropology minor in the UI College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Hundelt-Colon of St. Louis is a graduate student in the UI Graduate College studying studio art. Bryk is a 2005 graduate of Iowa City West High School and a current sophomore majoring in biogeoscience at Penn State University.

The new exhibit displays skeletal elements recovered during April and May of 2006 in Page County, Iowa from the juvenile sloth and compares them to similar elements recovered earlier from the adult specimen at the same site. The exhibit can be viewed on the museum's Web site at: http://www.uiowa.edu/~nathist/Site/temp_sloth_exhibit.html

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

CONTACTS: Media: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009, gary-galluzzo@uiowa.edu; Program: David Brenzel, UI Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0482, david-brenzel@uiowa.edu