Connecticut has a state bird, mineral, fish, and even Polka! But, for a state that boasts a great deal of dinosaur fossils, it does not have a state dinosaur. Until now.
Greenwich Time reports that Connecticut officially unveiled the Dilophosaurus as the state’s newest symbol! If you want to know more about that creature, it’s a carnivorous dinosaur from the Early Jurassic Period.
Or, if you need a clearer example… it’s one of these things
So, that little bugger is set to become the official state dinosaur in 2019 with the new state budget. IF there’s a new state budget after the one currently ripping apart Democrats and Republicans in the state capital.
But enough about that. Let’s talk about the prehistoric beings that ruled our Elementary School classrooms. I mean, how many dioramas did I construct dedicated to these beings?
The answer? A lot.
So, it shouldn’t be all that surprising that there’s another dinosaur-related symbol in Connecticut.
The official fossil of CT is the dinosaur track. I mean, if you visited Dinosaur State Park in Rocky Hill, you’d know why. Because we have tons of them! Like, 7 acres worth.
Actually, it’s one of the largest dinosaur track sites in North America. And it dates from 200 million years ago.
Basically, it’s one of the few things Connecticut has going for it. We got taxes, crime, and dinosaurs. Lots and lots of dinosaurs.
Still, why did it take Connecticut this long to name a state dinosaur? Well, you can come up with your own answer and it’ll probably be correct.
So, why did CT settle on the Dilophosaurus? Well, that’s the creature Dinosaur State Park believes made all those footprints. So, at least that makes sense.
Still, I would have preferred a T-Rex. Because then we could use it as a metaphor for our politicians back up in Hartford. It’d fit so beautifully!
Who’d you pick as our state dinosaur? Tell me in the comments below!