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Feb. 27, 2007

Museum of Natural History Presents Fossil Programs In March

Don Johnson, "The Fossil Guy," returns in March with educational programs at 2 p.m. Saturday afternoons at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History with a series titled "The Whisperings of Old Bones."

At each program, Johnson, a local amateur paleontologist and UI staff member, will give a 20-minute talk, followed by a close-up, hands-on question-and-answer session using Johnson's collection of ancient fossils and artifacts. His presentations are geared toward elementary-age school children, but dinosaur lovers of all ages are invited to attend.

The series and subjects are as follows:

--2 p.m. Saturday, March 3: "Predators and Prey from the Ice Age," with saber-toothed cats, mammoths, bison, a giant sloth and more.

--2 p.m. Saturday, March 10: "Mammals from a Lost World," with fossils from the White River Badlands.

--2 p.m. Saturday, March 24: "Become a Paleo Private Eye," showing how to study small fossils to learn about ancient worlds.

For its Sunday Stories program geared to elementary-aged children, the museum will present "The World of Fossils" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, and 3 p.m. Sunday, March 25. University of Iowa students will read stories about dinosaurs and other animals from the past, with fun activities and interesting information to take home.

For more information on the "Fossil Guy" and other Museum of Natural History programs, see or call 319-335-0606.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

PROGRAM CONTACT: Sarah Horgen, education and outreach coordinator, Museum of Natural History, 319-335-0606

MEDIA CONTACT: Media: George McCrory 319-384-0012,;