The Fossil Guy: "Climate, Extinction, & The Fossil Record"


Saturday, April 26, 2014 - 9:00am to 10:00am


Macbride Hall, Auditorium

 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. 

What role did climate change have in some of the great extinction events in the fossil record?  How might some groups of plants & animals have survived dramatic climate change while others went extinct?  What other causes of extinction need to be considered?  See and touch many fossils of trilobites, blastoids, ammonites, Late Cretaceous dinosaurs, & Ice Age mammals as we examine three major extinction events: the Permian-Triassic (252 million years ago), the Cretaceous-Paleogene (66 million years ago), and the Late Pleistocene (ending 11,700 years ago).  What lessons can be learned from past major extinction events that we can apply today? 


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