From Tom Barnes:
HARRISBURG -- Let the jokes begin.
A huge metal skeleton of a dinosaur, 14 feet high and 80 feet long, now stands in the Capitol rotunda.
No it's not "Rendellius dinosaurus,'' even though Gov. Ed Rendell will leave office in three months. It's also not "Legislatus Horribullus,'' as smart-aleky John Micek of the Allentown Morning Call twittered today.
Stay tuned; our hard-nosed investigative reporters at the Capitol will find out.
After being displayed at the capitol for several days, the dinosaur will be taken to the Sunbury Armory, as a tribute to retiring Rep. Merle Phillips, R-Northumberland.who is 82 and has been in the Legislature since 1980.
According to information given at the Capitol today, the dinosaur is officially of the species Brontodiplodocus, and is believed to be about 160 million years old. It was a plant-eater and the skeleton was excavated from the Dana Quarry in Wyoming. It took 23 months for a company named Prehistoric Journeys, of Sunbury, to restore the skeleton into its present form.
The company has also restored 150 dinosaurs and extinct mannals for museums and national parks. There are 324 bones in the skeleton and 90 percent of the restored dinosaur is real fossil bone. The skeleton as restored weighs 12,000 pounds.