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California Could Soon Have A State Dinosaur

California's potential state dinosaur has a Twitter account in which it descr...

Credit: @augustynolophus via Twitter

Above: California's potential state dinosaur has a Twitter account in which it describes itself as a "Native Californian, Los Angeles resident, older than Jerry Brown (barely), vegetarian, and firm believer in science."

UPDATE: 10:30 a.m., April 17, 2017

It's looking like California will soon have a state dinosaur: Augustynolophus morrisi.

A bill to add the duck-billed dinosaur to the list of state insignia has passed the Assembly and is now headed to the state Senate.

Augustynolophus morrisi eats a plant-based diet.

"They've been nicknamed the cows of the Cretaceous because they were apparently gregarious animals, living in large social groups," said Tom Deméré, the paleontology curator at the San Diego Natural History Museum.

They could walk on two legs, but they were primarily four-legged animals with shorter front legs, Demere said.

California already has 33 state insignia including a state lichen, lace lichen, and a state fabric, denim.

The bill also requires approval from the governor.

On Monday's Midday Edition, we speak to Deméré about the proposed state dinosaur.

California Could Soon Have A State Dinosaur


Tom Deméré, paleontology curator, San Diego Natural History Museum


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