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Release: Sept. 17, 2002

UI Museum of Natural History presents 'The Fossil Guy' on Sunday afternoons

Due to popular demand, the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will continue a series of short programs by local amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson -- aka "The Fossil Guy" -- with the next program set for 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, 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 Sept. 22 activity -- "Become a Dinosaur Detective" -- repeating 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:

Sept. 29: "Ancient Creatures and the Deep."

Oct. 6: " Edmontosaurus annectens and Other Hadrosaurs: That's a mouthful even for a duckbill dinosaur!"

Oct. 13: " Fossil Hunting Out West."

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.