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Texas State FossilA juvenile Sauroposeidon strolls past the Alamo, framed by topaz, fossil palmwood, and a silver belt buckle.

One cannot be an authentic Texan without a silver belt buckle and some dirt (preferably Houston Black soil) on your boots.

Earth Symbols
Gem Texas blue topaz 1969
Precious Metal silver 2007
Stone petrified palmwood 1969
Dinosaur † Paluxysaurus jonesi 1997
Soil Houston Black (unofficial) Unofficial

Texas’ state gem, Texas blue topaz, ranks with Sauroposeidon as a uniquely Texan symbol. Texas is also the only state with an official gemstone cut, dubbed the “Lonestar Cut.”

Texas shares its official stone, petrified palmwood, with neighboring Louisiana. Silver is Texas’ official precious metal. However, silver is more closely associated with Nevada, the Silver State.

Fossil ˆ

Texas lived up to its reputation by adopting the biggest state fossil of all. On second thought, the trees that gave us Arizona petrified wood may have been bigger. Let’s just say Texas has the biggest official animal fossil.

This “longneck” dinosaur has been called Paluxysaurus jonesi and Pleurocoelus. However, its current official name is Sauroposeidon.

Its story begins with the discovery of ancient dinosaur tracks along a river flowing across a ranch near Glen Rose, Texas. It is now believed that the tracks were made by Sauroposeidon.

Creationists—people who believe in creation, not evolution—claim there are human footprints alongside the dinosaur tracks. This supposedly proves that humans and dinosaurs lived side by side.

In fact, dinosaurs disappeared more than 60 million years before humans appeared. But ignorant people still rally behind creationism.

It is believed that Sauroposeidon could hold its head nearly 60 feet above the ground, the height of a six-story building. That makes it much taller than the Alamo.

Soil ˆ

Texas State Soil

Less than one percent of Texas’ native tallgrass prairie remains. That makes its unofficial state soil, Houston Black, all the more special. Occurring only in Texas, Houston black is found mostly on farms, with the majority growing cotton, sorghum, and corn. It is said to generate up to half-a-billion dollars in annual revenue.

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