a small single barite rose rock      Oklahoma and All Its Wonder
Or at least some of it.

Let's explore what our wonderful state has to offer. We will start with a short listing of things uniquely Oklahoman. Probably the most well-known item is the state song. Yes, we have a state song and we bet you have at least heard it once. Click here for a sampling of the wonderful song by Rodgers & Hammerstein - "Oklahoma".

After that joyful little venture, let's look a little further. Oklahoma is one of the few states that actually has a state fossil. Many of us have probably never heard of this giant. We are certainly glad we never had to meet up with this fellow. Or perhaps you have heard of this lizard. Many of us grew up and learned that Tyrannosaurus rex was the "king of the giant lizards". Well, scientists have found and named another stating this lizard was even larger than the T-rex. Although T-rex was large, he was by far not the largest; the Brachiosaurus is the largest recorded dinosaur. But enough with the commentary on with the story.

The following is a description of our state fossil. Certainly you will agree with us. This is not something you would like to meet in the dark.

SAUROPHAGANAX MAXIMUS (pronounced SAWR-oh-FAG-ah-naks) Saurophaganax (meaning "king of the lizard eaters") was a large, meat-eating dinosaur (a theropod) from the late Jurassic period, about 150 million years ago. This huge carnosaur (a relative of Allosaurus) was perhaps about 45 ft (14 m) long. An incomplete fossil was found in Oklahoma, USA. Saurophaganax was named by Chure in 1995. The type species is S. maximus.

Talking about all that meat eating has made us a little hungry. Would you like to join us with the state meal? We are sure you will love it as much as us. First, let's meet at Kendall's Restaurant on Main Street in Noble, OK. There they serve the state meal everyday so we are sure not to miss it.

The state meal consists of chicken fried steak; barbeque pork; biscuits, sausage and gravy; grits; corn; fried okra; squash; cornbread; strawberries; pecan pie. Just thinking of this makes us want to get some. Those chicken fried steaks are awesome.

Well, now that we have eaten we can continue our little journey into things "uniquely Oklahoman". Click here to go to the next page.

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