But paleontologists and dinosaur fans alike did not stop thinking about it. You might say geography played a gargantuan role in the final deciding factor, for as the fossils of one of the dinosaurs have been found in various areas of North America, remains of the other have been found nowhere else in the world!
With that in mind, and at the request of a persuasive eleven-year-old student, on August 3, 2018, Arizona governor Doug Ducey proclaimed the Sonorasaurus our Official State Dinosaur!
Remains of the Dilophosaurus were discovered back in 1940, on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Northern Arizona. Contrary to the mild-mannered Sonorasaurus, the Dilophosaurus was a sharp-toothed meat-eater with menacing claws and a disposition to match, it seems. Although it earned a more significant distinction, having been featured in the film adaptation of Michael Crichton’s science fiction novel called Jurassic Park, it didn’t garner enough favor in the first judicial debate on which dinosaur (or both?) should be the Official State Dinosaur. So, they decided not to decide at all. For a while.
Arizona Has its very Own
Back in 1994, the dusty old bones of a dinosaur were discovered right here in the Sonoran Desert!
According to scientists, the Sonorasuarus, a long-necked, plant-eating, docile dinosaur was probably about 27 feet tall and 49 feet long. It is estimated to have weighed around 4000 pounds. But, to be fair, it wasn’t the first dinosaur discovered to have roamed our rugged ranges.