Session of 2000
By Representatives Phelps, Huff, P. Long, McClure, McKechnie,
Osborne and E. Peterson

11             AN  ACT concerning the state fossil.
14             WHEREAS,  The state of Kansas is only one of nine states that does
15       not have a state fossil; and
16             WHEREAS,  A state fossil would provide educators with a creative,
17       interesting and valuable tool to educate students and motivate them to
18       learn about other fossils; and
19             WHEREAS,  The Pteranodon, with its powerful wings, dominated the
20       Kansas skies during the Mesozoic Era of the Cretaceous Period; and
21             WHEREAS,  The fossil, Pteranodon, is easy to recognize, highly valued
22       by fossil collectors, significant to the scientific community and represents
23       the geologic history of Kansas; and
24             WHEREAS,  Kansas has a rich history of flight, and the fossil Pteron-
25       odon, with its powerful, strong wings and endurance, is a perfect fossil to
26       symbolize Kansas' powerful impact on the world through aviation. It
27       would be an excellent choice as the Kansas state fossil: Now, therefore,
29       Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Kansas:
30             Section  1. The fossil, Pteranodon, is hereby designated and declared
31       to be the official fossil of the state of Kansas. 
32        Sec.  2. This act shall take effect and be in force from and after its
33       publication in the statute book.