Official State Fossil of New Mexico
New Mexico designated Coelophysis as the official state fossil in 1981. The first fossil remains of this dinosaur were found in New Mexico in 1881. All State Dinosaurs & Fossils
Coelophysis bauri (pronounced "see-low-FYS-iss") was a relatively small carnivorous dinosaur of the Mid-Triassic Period (first appearing about 228 million years ago). Coelophysis grew to about 9 feet in length and was approximately three feet high at the hips; it is speculated that this dinosaur was warm-blooded and weighed about 50 pounds (Coelophysis means "hollow form" and refers to the hollow limb bones).