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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
as fossils.

Tommy Tyrberg

At 18:46 2000-04-15 -0700, Phillip Bigelow wrote:
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>On Sat, 15 Apr 2000, Cheyenne wrote:
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>> 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.
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>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.
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>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
>ecosystems.
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>Birds = dinosaurs.  Hey, an on-topic post!
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