Archive for Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kansas Rep. Tom Sloan agrees to back X-fish as state’s official fossil

October 26, 2010


A Kansas lawmaker has agreed to introduce legislation designating an ancient sea creature the state's official fossil.

Kansas House District 45 Representative Tom Sloan of Lawrence made the announcement Monday after receiving a petition with about 3,000 names. The petition urges lawmakers to bestow state fossil honors on the Xiphactinus or "X-fish."

Remains of the long-extinct fish have been excavated from the Kansas prairie, which was once covered with water.

Kansas fossil hunter Alan Detrich has repeatedly pursued the designation for the fish. In 2000, he even asked voters to write in "X-fish" in races where candidates had no opposition.

Now, Detrich hopes the Legislature will recognize a state fossil in time for the state's 150th birthday next year.

Sloan, a Republican, is running for re-election against Democrat Linda Robinson.


Tim Quest 7 years, 6 months ago

I'm surprised a Kansas Republican would even acknowledge the existence of a fossil.

geekin_topekan 7 years, 6 months ago


We all know that the Earth was created in seven days nearly five thousand years ago. The fossils were put there by the devil to test our faith in Jesus.

Joe Blackford II 7 years, 6 months ago


The fossils were put there as a PR move for a line of watches he had in mind.

Look for the new series of 3-D Watches coming soon: Dali, Dante & Devil . . . . the Eternal Timepiece.

Kontum1972 7 years, 6 months ago

does this mean they will break a bottle of the bubbly stuff over it too bless as official..?

wdl 7 years, 6 months ago

Of course he supports the fish. Tommy recalls when there was a daily limit of 3 on this fish and they had to be over 15" in length. Kind of a nqstalgia thing I guess.

fossilhunter 7 years, 6 months ago

I'd have rather seen the Pteranodon as the state fossil since it's found in Kansas too and has more recognition than Xiphactinus. That being said, the X-fish is a cool choice too. Kansas is the best place in the world to find fossils like this and it's nice to see the recognition when they list the "State this and State that".

Larry Bauerle Jr. 7 years, 6 months ago

And who says our legislators aren't willing to tackle the important issues.

yankeevet 7 years, 6 months ago

Wow; such an important issue..........forget about the economy; and the southern invasion from all of those mexicans!!!

4chewnut 7 years, 6 months ago

I just got a letter from Sloan. And it looks like he is saying that KU's Chancellor is supporting him. That is either rare for a top university official to do, or misleading on Sloan's part. Answer anyone???

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