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GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Florida Museum of Natural History will host a free science lecture and book signing beginning at 2 p.m. Oct. 16 by palentologist Mark Renz titled “Giants in the Storm.”

Renz will share images and ideas from his 2005 book by the same name about a 500,000-year-old Southwest Florida riverbed where more than 2,000 bones and teeth of mammoths, mastodons, ground sloths, llamas, peccaries and other animals were buried in an area the size of a baseball diamond.

The Florida Museum also will offer its free “Sunday Snoop” program for children ages 4-10 during the lecture. Adults can take a break and enjoy the lecture while museum staff entertain children for an hour with fun activities and a guided tour. Children will be returned to parents at the end of the lecture portion of the program.

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