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