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Re: State Fossils

Well, as long ago as 1991 Storrs L. Olson and Helen F. James mentioned about
32 new bird species from Hawaii, all long extinct, but I don't know wether
you would count them as fossils, because there not that mesozoic or even
tertiairy. I would say Hawaii has its fossil record! Don't wether they
recommended any of their fossils as 'State Fossis'.

Fred Ruhe

At 18:07 15-04-2000 -0400, you wrote:
>----- Original Message -----
>From: Steve Brusatte <dinoland@mailcity.com>
>To: <dinosaur@usc.edu>
>Sent: Saturday, April 15, 2000 4:53 PM
>Subject: State Fossils
>> 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
>> Steve
>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.