The votes are in, and the Science Museum of Minnesota today (WED 9:15 am) will announce which fossil will go on to face the legislative process to become Minnesota’s State Fossil.

“We had 8 initial candidates that we selected to give a variety of different parts of Minnesota, as well as different times of the past, as well as different kinds of animals, that was 8, and wanted to have a write-in or an opportunity for people to suggest other things as well.”

The Science Museum’s Dr. Alex Hastings says that write-in candidate was the giant beaver. Other finalists include the crow shark, bison antiquus, and the large long-snouted crocodile relative. Minnesota is one of only seven states that does *not* already have a designated state fossil.