Suciasaurus is Washington's state dinosaur


Did you know Washington has a state dinosaur”

This year, Governor Jay Inslee made it official with Parks’ very own Suciasaurus. Suciasaurus (meaning "Sucia Island lizard") is the informal name given to the first dinosaur discovered in Washington. A fossil theropod nicknamed "Suciasaurus rex" was discovered in 2012 at Sucia Island State Park. It is likely the rocks that today form Sucia Island originated much further south, possibly near what is now Baja, California in Mexico. The island moved to its present-day spot over 80 million years, with the help of earthquakes and continental drift.


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