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March 6, 2003

'Fossil Guy' Returns To Museum Of Natural History March 8

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will host afternoon programs by local amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson -- aka "The Fossil Guy" – on four consecutive Saturday afternoons beginning Saturday, March 8. The programs will take place at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. and in the lobby of the Iowa Hall gallery in Macbride Hall on the UI campus.

The March 8 program will focus on “Tyrannosaurus Rex” and explore such questions as: Was T-rex a scavenger, a hunter or both? Specimens available for hands-on exploration will include a cast of a T-rex jaw, a cast of duckbill dinosaur skin and a real T-rex tooth.

Other scheduled programs are: March 15, “Survivor Among the Mammals: A battle between hyaenadon and hyracodon” (ancient hyena and ancient rhino); March 22, “Become a Dinosaur Detective!” and March 29, “Prehistoric Shark: . . . and you thought the Great White was dangerous!”

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 or 319-335-0480. Visit the Museum Website at

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all UI-sponsored events. Persons with disabilities who require an accommodation in order to participate should contact the Museum of Natural History.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 301, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT: Gary Galluzzo, 319-384-0009,