Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

CNHI/SE Iowa

June 20, 2013

Dr. Jim North 'Diggin' Up Bones'

OSKALOOSA — Dr. Jim North of William Penn University has a lot of experience with digging up bones and he shared his knowledge of fossils at the Oskaloosa Public Library’s Summer Reading Program Tuesday afternoon.

North had a display of fossils set up in the library’s Reading Garden for children to enjoy.

“I’m going to talk about the fossils you can find in Iowa,” North told the children who were packed into the garden’s gazebo area.

Iowa had “all sorts of animals and all sorts of plants,” North said. People can go to the Russell Wildlife Area to find all sorts of fossils, he added.

Iowa was once a shallow ocean about 100 feet deep. So, people can find lots of sea shells and aquatic fossils, he said.

“We also had mammals here in Iowa,” North said as he held up a fossil of a deer leg bone.

North had some fun activities for the children to do.

The children broke up into groups to “hunt for fossils” — rubber bugs buried in bird seed — as well as make stone rubbings of fossils with paper and crayons.

North also gave the children a homework assignment to do — find their own fossils at home. He gave handouts about how to “read” a landscape by noting things such as water sources, depressions, hills and vegetation to see where animals could have lived.

North said he would do another demonstration for the Summer Reading Program next Tuesday at 2 p.m., where children can work with plaster of paris to make casts of either mammoth bones or tree limbs.

1
Text Only
CNHI/SE Iowa
Features
AP Video
House Committee at Odds Over Obama Lawsuit Biden Talks Economy and Civil Rights Arizona Execution Takes Almost Two Hours Gen. Odierno Discusses Ukraine, NATO at Forum Mint Gives JFK Coin a Face-lift Creative Makeovers for Ugly Cellphone Towers Ariz. Inmate Dies 2 Hours After Execution Began Crash Kills Teen Pilot Seeking World Record Raw: Funeral for Man Who Died in NYPD Custody Israeli American Reservist Torn Over Return Former NTSB Official: FAA Ban 'prudent' Six Indicted in StubHub Hacking Scheme Biden Decries Voting Restrictions in NAACP Talk Broncos Owner Steps Down Due to Alzheimer's Trump: DC Hotel Will Be Among World's Best Republicans Hold a Hearing on IRS Lost Emails Ex-NYC Mayor: US Should Allow Flights to Israel David Perdue Wins Georgia GOP Senate Runoff 98-Year-Old Woman Left in Parked Truck Home-sharing Programs Help Seniors
Facebook
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Poll

Upon completion and reopening of Third Street, should the City of Knoxville wait to start the next stage of the Streetscape and Infrastructure project until 2015?

Yes
No
     View Results