Local Business to Host Dinosaur Display at State Capitol December 13

State Sen. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-27) worked with Prehistoric Journeys, a company based in Sunbury, to schedule a display in the Main Rotunda of the state Capitol on Wednesday, Dec. 13, from 12:30-1:30 p.m., where children, parents, teachers and the public can interact with a six-foot tall dinosaur upper leg bone.

“This is a wonderful opportunity for people to enjoy an interactive experience with a dinosaur bone,” Culver said. “Most of us learned about dinosaurs as children and we light up seeing our children and grandchildren learning about these mysterious creatures from the past. I’m honored to work with the team at Prehistoric Journeys in Sunbury to make this display possible for the people of Pennsylvania.”

The femur is from a Diplodocus dinosaur from the late Jurassic period. The Diplodocus was a herbivore dinosaur that measured approximately 72 feet long from the tip of its nose to the end of its tail.

Vertebrate paleontologist Barry James, who owns and operates Prehistoric Journeys with his wife, April James, will be at the Capitol to discuss dinosaurs and answer questions. He will be accompanied by Prehistoric Journeys employees Joel Derr and John DiPerna.

“Viewing the fossil bones of prehistoric creatures up close always generates happiness for kids,” Barry James said. “The joy shows in their eyes and smiling faces.”

Visitors will be able to take photographs with the dinosaur bone, which will be set up with the Capitol Christmas tree in the Main Rotunda.

Barry and April James and their team at Prehistoric Journeys are working on a Triceratops skeleton, which is their 159th fossil project of dinosaurs and extinct mammals.