The Science Museum of Minnesota is working to establish an official state fossil. The museum has provided its own recommendations, but is now seeking recommendations from the public.
The official state fossil needs to be naturally found in Minnesota and be old enough to qualify as a fossil, which is around 10,000 years old, according to National Geographic.
The Science Museum’s recommendations are:
Homotherium serum: A large predator cat whose fossils can be found in Fillmore County.
Squalicorax: An extinct shark whose fossils can be found in the Mesabi Iron Range.
Terminonaris robusta: A large crocodile relative whose fossils can be found in the Mesabi Iron Range.
Stromatolite: A fossil made from photosynthesizing bacteria found in northern Minnesota.
Mammuthus columbi: A mammoth whose fossils are found in central and southern Minnesota.
Dikelocephalus minnesotensis: A trilobite whose fossils are found in the St. Croix River Valley.
Endoceras: A sea animal reaching up to ten feet in length whose fossils are found in the Twin Cities area.
Bison antiquus: A bison whose fossils are found in central and southern Minnesota.
According to the museum, Minnesota is one of seven states without a state fossil.
In 1988, state legislators did propose a bill that would designate the Giant Beaver as the state’s fossil, though it never became law. Legislators also proposed the rynchotrema, the trilobite and the bison.