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Suciasaurus
Temporal range:
Upper Cretaceous , 80Ma
Washington Theropod.jpg
Fossil femur fragment
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Class: Sauropsida
Superorder: Dinosauria
Order: Saurischia
Suborder: Theropoda
Genus: Suciasaurus
Hansen, 2019
Binomial name
Suciasaurus rex
Hansen, 2019

Suciasaurus (meaning "Sucia Island lizard") is the informal name given to the first dinosaur discovered in Washington.

Discovery and naming

A fossil theropod nicknamed "Suciasaurus rex" was discovered in 2012 at Sucia Island State Park in San Juan County of the U.S. State of Washington. It was the first dinosaur discovered in Washington state.[1][2] The finding was announced when Burke Museum paleontologists published a discovery paper in PLoS ONE. Prompted by a petition from students at an elementary school at Parkland, near Tacoma, the Washington State Legislature introduced a bill in 2019 to make it the official state dinosaur.[1][2][3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Chris Hansen (March 30, 2019), Lawmakers could hear proposal to name state's official dinosaur, iFiberOne News
  2. 2.0 2.1 Legislature weighs proposal for official state dinosaur, MyNorthwest.com (KIRO (AM)), March 25, 2019
  3. Parkland 4th graders petitioned for 'Suciasaurus rex' to be Washington state dinosaur – If Washington gets a state dinosaur, residents can thank students from Parkland's Elmhurst Elementary., KING-TV, April 7, 2019

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