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Re: State Fossils
Actually several of the extinct (and extant) birds have records going back
to the Middle Pleistocene (Ulupau Head, Oahu), so they definitely qualify
At 18:46 2000-04-15 -0700, Phillip Bigelow wrote:
>On Sat, 15 Apr 2000, Cheyenne wrote:
>> would Hawaii even have a state fossil...?
>> I'm not an expert, just a lurker, and I wouldn't think there would be many
>> fossils on any of the islands.
>> Sorry to sound too ignorant...just curious.
>Hawaii could easily designate a state fossil, if they don't already have
>one. There are many unique native bird species that have recently gone
>extinct on the islands (most within the last thousand years). Their
>fossils are found in the soil that lines the floors of small basalt caves.
>There is a list of the described fossil birds from Hawaii somewhere on the
>Web, but I have long ago forgotten it's URL. Perhaps one of the
>dino-listers that lives in Hawaii could propose a state bird fossil to
>their local legislator. Having a extinct Holocene bird as the state
>fossil would serve a dual purpose: it creates a state fossil, and it
>increases the public's awareness of the fragility of native island
>Birds = dinosaurs. Hey, an on-topic post!
>"There was a time when I had plenty of room in my brain to learn new
>things. Nowadays, my brain is so full of stuff that I have to forget
>something old so that I have room to learn something new."