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University of Iowa News Release

Sept. 30, 2003

'Fossil Guy' Returns With Museum Of Natural History Fall Talks

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present a series of six Saturday afternoon programs hosted by local amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson -- aka "The Fossil Guy" -- beginning Saturday, Oct. 4. The sessions will take place at 1, 2 and 3 p.m., with participants assembling several minutes prior to the start, in the lobby of the Iowa Hall gallery in Macbride Hall on the UI campus.

The series, which aims to educate and entertain as well as provide question and answer time and hands-on exploration time, will include a new three-part mini-series called "The World of T-Rex." Each of three parts will seek to illuminate a different aspect of the tyrant-lizard and its interaction with its surroundings.

Scheduled programs are:

--Oct. 4, "The World of T-Rex, Part I: T-Rex 101," exploring the tyrant lizard.

--Oct. 11, "The Sabertooth Cats: Fearsome Hunters," the who and why of these big kitties.

--Oct. 18, "Part II of The World of T-Rex: Lunch for a Hungry Dino," plus, what to feed baby?

--Oct. 25, "Teeth For Every Meal! Grinding, Tearing, and Slicing,"
compare, contrast and inspect fossil teeth of many kinds.

--Nov. 1, "The World of T-Rex, Part III: Beneath the Giant's Feet,"
survival under and around the Big Guy.

--Nov. 8, "The Best of The Fossil Guy," a viewers' choice of cool
things from pre-historic worlds. See and touch favorite artifacts and fossils from past programs.

The programs are free and open to the public. For more information, call Elizabeth Burdick-Romero, UI Museum of Natural History weekend manager and education programmer, 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 in advance.

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