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Ancient Alabama

Alabama is rich in fossils, with some of the most significant marine deposits in the world. The ancient seafloors that now lie under the state’s Black Belt region harbor a wealth of bones, teeth, shells, and other remains of the prehistoric inhabitants of the region. Most of the animals that became fossilized in Alabama’s landscape lived in the seas and swamps that once covered much of the state. But there were also a number of land animals, including a small relative of the mighty Tyrannosaurus rex called Appalachiosaurus montgomeriensis as well as swift dromaeosaurs, predatory raptors, and plant-loving hadrosaurs.