Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Paleo: Wally the Stegosaurus

"Wally," a famed, life-size sculpture of a Stegosaurus, as he can be seen today on the front lawn of The Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.

While the creatures he was modeled after lived in the ancient past, Wally himself belongs to more recent history. According to Frank Leskovitz, Wally was constructed for the now legendary Sinclair Dinoland Pavilion at the 1964-65 New York World's Fair by renowned wildlife sculptor Louis Paul Jonas.

Paleontologist John Ostrom, former Curator of the Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History, was one of the scientists who lended their expertise to the creation of Wally and the other dinosaurs that made Dinoland one of the most popular and now most nostalgic exhibits at the Fair.

He was given the name "Wally" as a reference to his walnut-sized brain. He is 26 feet long, 12 feet tall, and 7 feet wide, and weighs 1,200 pounds!