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Utah State Fossil

Allosaurus fossil skeleton; photo by Corwin I on Flickr (noncommercial use permitted with attribution / share alike).

Official State Fossil of Utah

Utah designated allosaurus as the official state fossil in 1988.  All State Fossils

Living 145 to 150 million years ago in Utah, Wyoming, Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Oklahoma, allosaurus was the most common large carnivore of the Late Jurassic period in North America (a predecessor of the larger Tyrannosaurus of the Cretaceous).

Weighing 1.5 - 2 tons as an adult and measuring 30 - 40 feet long, allosaurus possibly hunted in packs to bring down large prey. Many Allosaurus fossils have been found in the Rocky Mountain west.