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SOURCES: Wikipedia: List of U.S. state fossils; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state mottos; John; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state reptiles; Wikipedia: List of U.S. state shells; Wikipedia...
State fossil > Common name
and Zygorhiza
State mottos > Motto Virtute et armis
State Name Mississippi
State reptile American Alligator
State reptile > Binomial nomenclature
Alligator mississippiensis
State reptile > Year adopted 2,005
State shells > Shell Oyster
State shells > Year designated 1,974
State soil
State soil > Year adopted 2,003
State tree Magnolia
State tree > Binomial Nomenclature Magnolia
Symbols > State animal
White-tailed deer and Red Fox (State animals); Bottlenose Dolphin (State water mammal)
Symbols > State bird
Mockingbird (State bird); Wood Duck (State waterfowl)
Symbols > State motto
Virtute et armis (By valor and arms)
U.S. state beverages > Drink Milk
U.S. state beverages > Year & Citation 1984
U.S. state insects > Binomial name Apis mellifera
U.S. state insects > State insect
European honey bee
U.S. state minerals, rocks, stones and gemstones > State Geological Symbols > Rock Petrified Wood (1976)

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