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Official State Dinosaurs

Official dinosaurs listed by state. (List by state or year)
StateList by state Name Designated as Year
Alabama [ None ]    
Alaska [ None ]    
Arizona [ None ]    
Arkansas [ None ]    
California [ None ]    
Colorado [ None ]    
Connecticut [ None ]    
Delaware [ None ]    
Florida [ None ]    
Georgia [ None ]    
Hawaii [ None ]    
Idaho [ None ]    
Illinois [ None ]    
Indiana [ None ]    
Iowa [ None ]    
Kansas [ None ]    
Kentucky [ None ]    
Louisiana [ None ]    
Maine [ None ]    
Maryland Astrodon johnstoni (Sauropod dinosaur) State dinosaur 1998
Massachusetts [ None ]    
Michigan [ None ]    
Michigan [ None ]    
Minnesota [ None ]    
Mississippi [ None ]    
Missouri [ None ]    
Montana [ None ]    
Nebraska [ None ]    
Nevada [ None ]    
New Hampshire [ None ]    
New Jersey Hadrosaurus foulkii (Duck-billed Dinosaur) State dinosaur 1991
New Mexico [ None ]    
New York [ None ]    
North Carolina [ None ]    
North Dakota [ None ]    
Ohio [ None ]    
Oklahoma Acrocanthosaurus atokensis State dinosaur 2006
Oregon [ None ]    
Pennsylvania [ None ]    
Rhode Island [ None ]    
South Carolina [ None ]    
South Dakota [ None ]    
Tennessee [ None ]    
Texas Paluxysaurus jonesi (Quadrupedal sauropod) Official Lone Star State dinosaur 2009
Utah [ None ]    
Vermont [ None ]    
Virginia [ None ]    
Washington [ None ]    
West Virginia [ None ]    
Wisconsin [ None ]    
Wyoming Triceratops (Horned dinosaur) State dinosaur 1994
Stately Fossils: A Comprehensive Look at the State Fossils and Other Official Fossils

Stately Fossils: A Comprehensive Look at the State Fossils and Other Official Fossils, by Steve Brusatte. 234 pages. Publisher: Fossil News (September 2002)

The definitive stories of how our state fossils, state dinosaurs and other state stones and gems were proposed and selected. And what a marvelous array of specimens and species have been elevated to such lofty status! We note that 'stately fossils' run the gamut of variety and time. From trilobites and brachiopods through fossil whales (Tully) monsters, and so many incredible species in between, spanning the three Phanerozoic eras. Steve has traced the story of how fossils became "the" state fossils all the way back to an early period in the emerging science of paleontology in America. In these unfolding tales, Steve relates many intriguing details concerning the adoption of fossils carrying special significance in 44 of our 50 states. This book is written clearly & informatively. It succeeds as a book that both young & old can enjoy. For each entry Steve describes the history of discoveries of each fossil, the occurrence and paleoecology pf the species and circumstances leading toward legislation of the fossils as the official "state fossils."

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages

Dinosaurs: The Most Complete, Up-to-Date Encyclopedia for Dinosaur Lovers of All Ages, by Dr. Thomas R. Holtz Jr. 432 pages. Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (October 23, 2007) Reading level: Ages 12+.

Written by a professional paleontologist specifically for young readers, this guide to the Dinosauria is packed with enough detail and insider information to satisfy even die-hard dinophiles! The text includes brief entries on all 800+ "named" species of Mesozoic dinosaurs, as well as chapters on the history of dinosaur discoveries, the science of dinosaur art, dinosaur biology, and much more. With sidebars by 33 world-famous paleontologists, museum-quality illustrations, and over 20 never-beforeseen restorations of new dinosaur species, this is a must-have compendium of fact and fandom that dino enthusiasts of all ages will devour with glee!