Suciasaurus Rex Named Official Dinosaur of Washington State

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill designating Suciasaurus rex as the state’s official dinosaur.

Inslee signed House Bill 1020 into law on Thursday, local TV station KING5 reported.

The new law honors a therapod fossil discovered in 2012 at Sucia Island State Park in Washington’s San Juan Islands.

He fossil belonged to a therapod, a two-legged carnivore like Velociraptor and Tyrannosaurus rex, according to the Burke Museum. The fossil was a thigh bone slightly smaller than that of a T. rex. Because the fossil is incomplete, paleontologists were unable to identify its exact family or species.

Rep. Melanie Morgan, D-Parkland, sponsored the bill starting in 2019 at the suggestion of a group of fourth-graders in her district.

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The Elmhurst Elementary class in the Franklin Pierce School District researched the dinosaur and how a bill becomes law and then brought the idea to Morgan’s office.

Inslee also recognized eighth grader Athena Tauscher as “Washingtonian of the Day” Thursday for her work on the bill.

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