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Oct. 26, 2007

UI Museum of Natural History presents 'Fossil Guy' programs in November

Don Johnson, "The Fossil Guy," returns in November with educational programs at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoons at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History.

At each program, Johnson, a local amateur paleontologist and UI staff member, will give a 20-minute talk, followed by a close-up, hands-on, question-and-answer session using Johnson's collection of ancient fossils and artifacts. His presentations are geared toward elementary-age school children, but dinosaur lovers of all ages are invited to attend.

The series and subjects are as follows:

--2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3: "Twilight of the Dinosaur Age." Johnson will talk about the last dinosaurs to roam the earth. Fossil bones of "Laura," a duck-billed dinosaur will be on display, and other genuine dinosaur fossils including bones, teeth and claws.

--2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10: "Chewing Up the Ice Age." Ice Age mammals will be the subject of this program. A special focus will be on the giant ground sloth remains excavated in southwestern Iowa by the UI Museum of Natural History. The audience can see and touch real fossils of Ice Age creatures including horses, bison, deer, polecats, cave bears and more.

--2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17: "What Was An Oreodont?" In this session, participants can learn about mammals that lived in the Western United States more than 30 million years ago, including hornless rhinos, three-toed horses, saber-toothed nimravids, and the earliest member of the dog family. Several fossil remains will be on display, including many skulls, jaws, limb bones, and partial skeletons.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information on the "Fossil Guy" and other Museum of Natural History programs, see http://www.uiowa.edu/~nathist/Site/programs.html or call 319-335-0606.

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

MEDIA CONTACTS: Sarah Horgen, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606, sarah-horgen@uiowa.edu; George McCrory, University News Services, 319-384-0012, george-mccrory@uiowa.edu; Writer: Brittany Piehl