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Re: State Fossils

North Carolina is indeed one of the wayward few without a state fossil.  I
am pushing for this to change.  Some candidates include
-Acrocanthosaurus atokensis (a carpetbagger of sorts)
-Eremotherium sp.nov. to be named soon (our new ground sloth up in the
recently opened museum)
-Pteridinium carolinense (the Ediacara-like vendobiont)

Do not hold your breath for rapid developments on this front.


On Sat, 15 Apr 2000, Steve  Brusatte wrote:

> Hey,
> As some of you loyal Fossil News readers may know, I have begun a lengthy 
> project on state fossils.  About 40 states have designated official 'state 
> fossils,' including a bunch of dinosaurs and a whole lot of oddball stuff 
> like rare corals, crinoids, brachiopods, petrified wood, fish, footprints, 
> plants, sea scorpions, and my favorite, Illinois' Tully Monster.
> My question is this: several states do not have official state fossils (as 
> far as I know). These states are: Arkansas, Hawaii, Kansas, Indiana, Iowa, 
> Michigan, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Oregon, New H ampshire, North Carolina, Rhode 
> Island, and South Carolina. Do any of you know of official state fossils of 
> these states, and if so, could you please pass them along to me?  Thanks a 
> lot!
> Steve
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Jeffrey Alan Bartlett
Paleoecology Group
North Carolina State University
North Carolina State Museum