So a compromise was struck: In a 26-0 vote conducted in 2018, Utahraptor was made Utah’s state dinosaur and Allosaurus was shifted to be the state fossil. The Mesozoic meat-eaters were able to coexist as state symbols. Utahraptor may be poised to jump to even greater fame.What would a Utahraptor State Park be like?
It would honor of one of the most famous, yet often wrongly identified, dinosaurs discovered in Utah’s red rock country. The state park would protect, preserve and celebrate Dalton Wells Quarry in Grand County where the Utahraptor’s first fossils were discovered.How many species of Utahraptor are there?
Utahraptor. It contains a single species, Utahraptor ostrommaysorum, which is the largest-known member of the family Dromaeosauridae. Fossil specimens date to the upper Barremian stage of the early Cretaceous period (in rock strata dated to 126 ± 2.5 million years ago).What happened to the original Utahraptor?
In the new century, new finds changed our image of Utahraptor again. In 2001 a graduate student roaming around Moab spotted what initially looked like a human arm bone in an area of Early Cretaceous rock layers. The remains turned out to be more Utahraptor, and not an isolated bone or skeleton this time.