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Nov. 15, 2011

At A Glance

'Fossil Guy' series continues with 'Chewing Up the Ice Age' Nov. 19

"The Fossil Guy" series continues at the University of Iowa Museum of Natural History at 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, with "Chewing Up the Ice Age." Each "Fossil Guy" program consists of a 30-minute talk by Don Johnson, a local amateur paleontologist, followed by a question-and-answer session using his collection of fossils and artifacts. Presentations are geared toward elementary-age children. The free public events are held in Macbride Auditorium.

How do the teeth of the Ice Age mammoth and mastodon compare to the jaw of a modern elephant? How does the skull of the great saber-toothed cat Smilodon compare to that of the modern lion? Learn about these Ice Age mammals and more during this program. A special focus will be placed on the recovery of Ice Age remains of an adult and two juvenile giant ground sloths (Megalonyx jeffersonii), excavated in southwest Iowa by the UI Museum of Natural History. See and touch real fossils from Ice Age creatures including horses, bison, deer, polecats, cave bears and more.

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


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