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Release: March 21, 2003

‘Fossil Guy’ Visits Museum Of Natural History March 22

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will host the third in a series of four Saturday afternoon programs by local amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson -- aka "The Fossil Guy" –- Saturday, March 22. The sessions will be 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 22 program “Become a Dinosaur Detective!” will offer participants an opportunity to try to distinguish dinosaur fossils from other materials mixed together. The fossils displayed will include the remains of champsosaurs, lizards, turtles, mammals, seeds, stems, petrified wood and snails. Johnson also plans to display some of his scientifically valuable fossils.

The fourth program in the series “Prehistoric Shark: . . . and you thought the Great White was dangerous!” will be March 29.

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, Writer, 319-384-0009,