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Release: Aug. 23, 2002

UI Museum of Natural History presents 'The Fossil Guy'

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will continue a series of short programs now in progress by local amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson -- aka "The Fossil Guy" -- with the next program set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, 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, with the Aug. 25 activity -- "The Dinosaurs Called Raptors: Pack hunters of the Cretaceous" -- repeating every 45 minutes with the final presentation beginning at 3:15 p.m.

Johnson’s talk is for people of all ages and will feature objects from his own extensive collection, followed by a hands-on, interactive question-and-answer period. Johnson, who majored in mathematics and physics at Illinois State University, Normal, Ill., is a member of the Cedar Valley Rock & Mineral Society and has enjoyed fossil hunting at numerous sites in Iowa, South Dakota, and Nebraska.

Other topics in the Sunday afternoon series include:

-- Sept. 1: "What WAS an Oreodont? Extinct mammals of the Oligocene Epoch."

-- Sept. 8: "Not just Dinosaur BONES: Trace fossils and OTHER evidence of the dinosaurs."

-- Sept. 15: "Let the Ants do the Work: Microfossils found in anthills?"

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.