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The Dinosaurs and Prehistoric Animals of Vermont


Like other states in New England, Vermont is better known for its marine fossils than for any dinosaurs or prehistoric mammals, as listed below. (See an interactive map of dinosaurs and prehistoric animals in the United States.)

1. Delphinapterus

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The official state fossil of Vermont, Delphinapterus is the genus name of the still-extant Beluga Whale, also known as the White Whale. The specimen discovered in Vermont dates to about 11,000 years ago, towards the end of the last Ice Age, when much of the state was covered by a shallow body of water called the Champlain Sea. More about prehistoric whales

2. Maclurites

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A common fossil find in Vermont, Maclurites was a genus of prehistoric snail, or gastropod, that lived during the Ordovian period (about 450 million years ago). This ancient invertebrate was named after William Maclure, famous for producing the very first geologic map of the United States way back in 1809.

3. Marine Organisms

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The northeastern U.S. is rich in sediments dating dating from about 500 to 300 million years ago, well before the age of dinosaurs, and Vermont is no exception. This state's fossil deposits mostly consist of ancient, tiny, sea-dwelling creatures like corals, trilobites and gastrpods, back when much of North America was submerged under water.
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