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.
Learn about a variety of plant-eating dinosaurs during this program. How were the duck-billed dinosaurs like Edmontosaurus, Maiasaura, and Parasaurolophus specially adapted for chewing their food? How were the horns and spikes on dinosaurs like Triceratops, Styracosaurus, Ankylosaurus, and Pachycephalosaurus used? What evidence do we have for herding behavior among some kinds of plant-eating dinosaurs? What defenses did these dinosaurs have against predators? Did any of them provide care for their young? See and touch real fossil bones, teeth, claws, and even an egg from a number of different plant-eating dinosaurs. Examine dinosaur fossil replicas including duckbill skin, a Triceratops horn, and duckbill jaws. Bring your own questions to be answered about these many unique dinosaurs.