Archive for Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Forget budget, Kansas fossil controversy brewing

February 2, 2011


— A backer of a decade-long effort to make the Xiphactinus audax (ZY'-fak-tin-us AH'daks) the state's official fossil is frustrated by talk of choosing the winged Pteranodon longiceps (tehr-RAHN'-uh-dahn LAWN'-jeye-seps) instead.

Both creatures lived when dinosaurs walked the earth.

Kansas fossil hunter Alan Detrich says "egos are getting in the way."

It all started last week when state Reps. Tom Sloan, R-Lawrence, and Don Hineman, R-Dighton, introduced a bill to declare the Xiphactinus the state's official fossil. The lawmakers said they were reconsidering after others suggested different fossils.

Sloan fears the legislation will die if people begin suggesting other fossils.


somebodynew 7 years, 3 months ago

"Sloan fears the legislation will die if people begin suggesting other fossils."

Well let it die a quick and painless death and get on to some IMPORTANT issues, like the budget or some other real problem. I don't think very many Kansas voters really care about a State fossil. Unless you want to nominate the entire legislature - they seem to be a fossil (until it is time for extra sessions and more money in their pockets).

dinoman 7 years, 3 months ago

just an fyi why should we be concerned about a state fossil the higher ups in ku are just concerned about the human genome project... they tore down a giant dino display up on the forth floor... they moved commanche the last surviving horse from the battle of the little big horn to just a spot in the hall way... oh yea i remember why.... because they are getting fed funding to do that research project... lets all forget about the tourism dollars that get spent at places like the Chicago Field Museum or the Smithsonian ... face the facts its all politics blaa.. blaa. they just want to waste more of our tax dollars hey i got an idea lets do a real study on how much money is being wasted on this instead of figuring out how to get this economy back up and running.... my pay didn't go up but gas is and how about the cost of food... now we have a new excuse to use we just got hit with a snow storm of the century... not.... i say quit your crying... buckle down and get our jobs done and do them right... no more wasting money... rely on the good old USA we have everything we will ever need and that includes oil ... yea i sound like a grumpy old man... but guess again.. I'm in my mid thirty's and i say GET REAL AMERICA ...

Liberty275 7 years, 3 months ago

Unwashed Hippiesaurus is the official dinosaur of Lawrence.

idea 7 years, 3 months ago

Wait, our legislators are willing to recognize that fossils are real? I thought they believed they were put here by the Devil to make us believe that evolution is real and lure us away from belief in God. At least that's what the Kansas Board of Education seems to think every other term. Wouldn't that be a nice conundrum? The Board of Education saying we have to teach creation "science" while the State formally recognizes that something lived on Earth millions of years ago.

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