The Science Museum of Minnesota this morning announcing the giant beaver has won the vote to go on and potentially become the Official State Fossil. Minnesota is one of only seven states that does *not* already have a designated state fossil.

“So we absolutely have every intention of taking this thing all the way through legislation and getting it passed.”

The Science Museum’s Dr. Alex Hastings says an initial eight candidates were chosen, and the giant beaver was a write-in ninth candidate. Other finalists included the crow shark, bison antiquus, and the large long-snouted crocodile relative.