Every state in the United States has claimed a state bird. However, six states have also claimed a state dinosaur separate from the state bird, despite the fact that scientists now say they're related.
Many states have dinosaurs as state fossils, but that is separate from claiming a dinosaur as a state’s dinosaur. It is unclear how a state decides to claim a state dinosaur or why they do it. Perhaps fossils were found in the state and it is in their honor that they claim the dinosaur as its own.
Here’s the rundown of states and their dinosaurs:
- Colorado claimed the stegosaurus as its state dinosaur in 1982.
- The District of Columbia’s state dinosaur is the Capitalsaurus as of 1998.
- Maryland’s dinosaur is the Astrodon Johnstoni since 1998.
- Missouri claims the Hypsibema Missouriensis since 2004.
- New Jersey’s dinosaur is the Hadrosaurus Foulkii since 1991. .Texas has claimed the Paluxysaurus Jonesi since 2009.
- Wyoming’s state dinosaur is the triceratops since 1994.