BOSTON – On Thursday, February 4 at4 p.m., in a livestream event hosted by the Museum of Science, State Rep. Jack Patrick Lewis, 7th Middlesex District (Ashland & Framingham), will announce the proposed dinosaur that will be put forth in a bill designating an official state dinosaur for Massachusetts.
Rep. Lewis began this project as an effort to encourage interest in the legislative process and in science with Massachusetts students. Partnering with advisors from all over the region, the only two dinosaurs ever to be discovered in Massachusetts, the Podokesaurus holyokensis and Anchisaurus polyzelus, were put forth as contenders in an online poll that garnered over 30,000 votes from BayStaters and those with close ties to the Commonwealth, and media coverage from as far as India and Iran.
The winner of the poll will be the dinosaur that Rep. Lewis puts forth in legislation calling for the designation.
If lawmakers vote to designate a state dinosaur, Massachusetts will join 12 other states who have already declared a state dinosaur.
The event will convene a panel of experts involved in paleontology and archeology from Mt. Holyoke College and Amherst College’s Beneski Museum, who will explore the two Massachusetts species followed by Rep. Lewis who will reveal the results of the poll, and which dinosaur will advance in the bill.
The public can tune in live on February 4th at:
On Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MAStateDinosaur
On YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/BostonMOS