Don Johnson, "The Fossil Guy," returns this spring with hands-on children's programs on paleontology at 2:00pm on Saturday afternoons at the University Of Iowa Museum Of Natural History. All "Fossil Guy" programs are free and open to the public and will be held in Macbride Hall auditorium. Each program consists of a 30-minute talk by Johnson, a local avocational paleontologist, followed by 30 minutes of hands-on interactive time with Don's collection of fossils and replicas. Presentations are geared toward elementary-age children.
How do the teeth of the Ice Age mammoth and mastodon differ from one another? How does the skull of the great saber-toothed cat Smilodon compare to that of the modern lion? How were the shape and structure of their teeth specially adapted to their diets? Learn about these and other Ice Age mammals during this program. A special focus will be placed on the recovery of Ice Age remains of giant ground sloths and mammoths by crews from the UI Museum of Natural History. See and touch mineralized bones of Ice Age creatures including horses, bison, deer, pole cats, cave bears and more! View a replica skull of the famous Dire Wolf from the La Brea Tar Pits in California. Artifacts of Paleoindians will be used to help recreate the Ice Age world of North America. Are we able to answer the question "Why did many of the large Ice Age mammals go extinct?"