Washington's First Dinosaur

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Burke Lobby

Brace yourselves, dino-lovers: Burke Museum paleontologists have discovered the first dinosaur fossil ever found in Washington state!

display case with the first dinosaur fossil found in Washington

Photo: Burke Museum

The 80-million-year-old fossil is a partial left femur bone of a theropod dinosaur, the group of two-legged, meat-eating dinosaurs that includes Velociraptor, Tyrannosaurus rex and modern birds. It was collected by Burke Museum paleontologists along the shores of Sucia Island State Park in the San Juan Islands in May 2012 in an incredible instance of the right people being in the right place at the right time.

As the Washington State Museum of Natural History and Culture, we’re so excited to display Washington’s first dinosaur fossil in our lobby and share it with you.

Fossil: Courtesy of Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission – Sucia Island State Park.

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