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Alabama State Symbols - State Fossil Basilosaurus cetoides

The state fossil of Alabama is Basilosaurus cetoides.  Named the state fossil in 1984, the first fossil was found on a plantation in southwestern Alabama (Clarke County) in 1833.  Later, fossils were found in Choctaw and Washington counties as well.  The name means king of lizards but later research showed this creature to be a meat-eating dinosaur and it was renamed zeuglodon genus Basilosaurus.  This is an artist's rendition of what the whale might have looked like (from the Alabama.gov site).

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