LAWRENCE | Graduate paleontology students from the University of Kansas are joining an effort to have an ancient sea creature named the state's official fossil.
A fossilized Xiphactinus (zih-FAK'-tih-nus) or "X-fish" will be with the students Wednesday as they gather signatures on campus for a petition in support of the state fossil effort.
Later Wednesday, the fossil will go on display at a Lawrence store called the Wild Territory, which also is gathering signatures.
Kansas fossil hunter Alan Detrich found the fossil in western Kansas and wants to donate it to the state.
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Detrich repeatedly pursued the state fossil designation for the X-fish. In October, Republican state Rep. Tom Sloan of Lawrence announced that he will introduce X-fish legislation in the upcoming session.