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Big “X-Fish” fossil on display at Kansas Union

December 8, 2010

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A Lawrence resident is hoping a very big, very old fish gets some official recognition from the Statehouse soon.

As part of the effort to have the Kansas Legislature approve the xiphactinus as its state fossil, Alan Detrich has offered to donate a 3-by-3-foot skull to the Capitol if the measure passes.

The skull will be on display from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. today on the fourth floor of the Kansas Union, Detrich said. Graduate students will give away free shark’s teeth at the event.

Anyone interested in signing a petition to make the fish the state fossil may do so at the event.

Many xiphactinus specimens can be found throughout the state, including the fish-within-a-fish fossil at the Sternberg Museum in Hays. They’re only indigenous to Kansas and New York, Detrich said, and can grow up to 18 feet long.

“It’s got two-and-a-half-inch teeth,” he said. “It’s pretty ferocious-looking.”

Detrich has been working for more than a decade to get Kansas to approve an official state fossil.

He said he had high hopes that the measure would come before the state’s legislative body this year.

If the state were to approve the measure, Detrich said, it would become the 41st state to designate an official state fossil.

Comments

Ron Holzwarth 3 years, 8 months ago

"can grow up to 18 feet long."

Wow! A growing fossil!

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mcmandy 3 years, 8 months ago

A fossilized skeleton of xiphactinus audax, which swam in the sea
that covered western Kansas some 150 million years ago, is on
display at Kansas University's Dyche Hall. Kansas fossil hunter
Alan Detrich wants to donate a smaller, though more complete,
X-fish to the state of Kansas for display in the Statehouse in
Topeka. But the donation would come at a price: a $10 million tax
break for Detrich and a declaration by the Legislature to name an
official state fossil.

A fossilized skeleton of xiphactinus audax, which swam in the sea that covered western Kansas some 150 million years ago, is on display at Kansas University's Dyche Hall. Kansas fossil hunter Alan Detrich wants to donate a smaller, though more complete, X-fish to the state of Kansas for display in the Statehouse in Topeka. But the donation would come at a price: a $10 million tax break for Detrich and a declaration by the Legislature to name an official state fossil. by Journal-World File Photo

I believe this is the same fossil.

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KCsFinest5 3 years, 8 months ago

just saw it and got a shark tooth. the thing is badass

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