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Release: July 25, 2002

UI Museum Of Natural History Presents 'The Fossil Guy' July 28

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will offer a series of short programs this summer by local amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson -- aka "The Fossil Guy" -- beginning at 1 p.m. Sunday, July 28.

All programs will take place in the lobby of the Iowa Hall gallery in Macbride Hall on the UI campus, with the 1 p.m. July 28 activity -- "Tyrannosaurus rex: Big Bully of the Cretaceous Age" -- scheduled to repeat every 45 minutes with the final presentation beginning at 3:15 p.m.

Johnson's talk 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:

• August 4: "Sabertooth Cats and Their Prey: Extinct Mammals of the Pleistocene Age."

• August 11: "Ancient Creatures Trapped in Amber."

• August 18: "What Causes Extinction?"

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.