State Fossil

Phacops rana. Click image for source.

When the 2nd grade science class of Valley Elementary School heard that there was no state fossil they set out to rectify it.

Learning that Phacops rana, a trilobite, were predominant in Pennsylvania about 250 million years ago, they appealed to Rep. Edward F. Burns, Jr. of Bucks County to sponsor legistlation to make Phacops the state fossil.

As a result, Phacops rana became the state fossil, as enacted by the General Assembly on December 5, 1988.

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