“The Columbian Mammoth of North America, Mammuthus columbi, is hereby designated as the official fossil of the state of Washington.”
And so it was written. In 1998 the Washington State Legislature recognised the Columbian Mammoth as their official state fossil. The decision was not easy. Nor was it quick. It took four years of tireless efforts by pupils from Windsor Elementary School, pushing for this magnificent, extinct mammal to have the recognition it deserved.
Magnificent skeleton of the Columbian mammoth (Mammuthus columbi) on display at La Brea Tar Pits. This skeleton is made from several individuals. (Image by Wiki member WolfmanSF from here)
For official American legislation to recognise an extinct creature is fantastic: It ensures this animal is recognised by a more general audience, as well as people pretty high up in government. The wording in the ‘notes’ however may need a little bit of tweaking:
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