Massachusetts State Dinosaur

Just for fun – Massachusetts is voting on an official state dinosaur, and will be one of only about a dozen states to have one. Most already have a state fossil, but I wonder if we’ll see more doing this in the future.

The choice comes down to the Podokesaurus or the Anchisaurus.

Unfortunately, it looks like my state will probably never have one – Maine has a gap in its fossil record due to erosion.

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Arizona - Sonorasaurus thompsoni
Arkansas - Arkansaurus fridayi
California - Augustynolophus morrisi
Colorado - Stegosaurus armatus
Connecticut - Dilophosaurus sp.
District of Columbia - Capitalsaurus
Maryland - Astrodon johnstoni
Missouri - Hypsibema missouriensis
New Jersey - Hadrosaurus foulkii
Oklahoma - Acrocanthosaurus atokensis
Texas - Paluxysaurus jonesi
Utah - Utahraptor ostrommaysorum
Wyoming - Triceratops horridus

Looks like for a few, the dinosaur was also named after the state.

Oh and a reason to go to the wiki site would be that some of the pictures don’t look a whole lot like what we expect for dinosaurs – well the one for Arkansas anyway.

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“Capitalsaurus” is a pretty funny name…

I’ll have to read up on some of the local stories – the only one I know offhand is Connecticut because Dilophosaurus is the dinosaur believed to have left the footprints on display at Dinosaur State Park which we visited while passing through a few years ago.

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I heard that the mosquito is the state bird of Minnesota.

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