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University of Iowa News Release

March 1, 2005

'Fossil Guy' Brings Real Items To Museum Of Natural History

The University of Iowa Museum of Natural History will present "The Return of the Fossil Guy," a free, public series of four Saturday afternoon paleontology programs for all ages, beginning with "The World of T-Rex" at 1 and 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12, in MacBride Auditorium, second floor of MacBride Hall.

Collector and amateur paleontologist Donald F. Johnson -- a.k.a. "The Fossil Guy" -- will offer close-up, hands-on views of real fossil remains of prehistoric animals. The hour-long format will include a presentation and a question-and-answer period. The highlights of the March 12 program will include real T-Rex teeth, chewed dinosaur bones and a full-scale replica of a T-Rex skull.

The series, held at 1 and 2 p.m. on consecutive Saturdays through April 2 in Macbride Auditorium, Second Floor of Macbride Hall, includes:

-- March 19, "Mammals from a Lost World," features partial skeletons of extinct mammals and the skull of a sabertooth cat.

-- March 26, "What Makes a Dinosaur," explores dinosaur origins and the link between birds, crocodiles and dinosaurs.

-- April 2, "Life During the Ice Age" focuses on mammoths, mastodons and the great predators and provides an update on the Museum's giant sloth excavation.

For more information, call the UI Museum of Natural History at 319-335-0480 or see the museum Web site:

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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