These 5 Dinosaurs Are Totally Utah
The dinosaurs roamed the earth millions of years before any humans did. That means they got here first, and it's the DINOS who are the truest of Utah natives.
Many important dinosaur discoveries have been made in the state over the years. Some of the most famous dinosaur species found in Utah include:
Allosaurus - This large, carnivorous dinosaur was one of the top predators of the Late Jurassic period. Many Allosaurus fossils have been found in Utah, including a number of nearly complete skeletons. Learn more at the Jurassic National Monument in Price, Utah.
They were small dinosaurs. No more than 5 feet tall. They ruled Utah long before T-Rex was around. These small, non-cuddly dinosaurs can be seen at the Jurassic National Monument in Price, Utah
Utahraptor - This fearsome predator was one of the largest raptors ever to live, with sharp claws and a keen sense of smell. The first Utahraptor fossils were discovered in Utah in the 1990s. Interestingly enough, the Utahraptor was the inspiration for the velociraptors in Jurassic Park.
Diplodocus - This long-necked, herbivorous dinosaur was one of the largest animals to ever walk the earth. Many Diplodocus fossils have been found in Utah, including a number of complete skeletons. Take a gander at the Utah Field House of Natural History in Vernal, Utah
Utahceratops - This dinosaur looks a lot like the Triceratops, mainly because they are related. You'll notice there are a few differences in their appearance, but size-wise, they were both huge!
You can take a peek at this large dinosaur at the Natural History Museum of Utah in Salt Lake.
These are just a few of the many dinosaur species that have been discovered in Utah. The state's unique geology and topography have preserved a wealth of fossils over millions of years, making it a popular destination for paleontologists and dinosaur enthusiasts alike.