Science
10:16 am
Thu February 27, 2014

Tylosaurus And Pteranodon Under Consideration To Become State Fossils

Two creatures dating to the period when Kansas was a vast ocean are closer to becoming the state's official fossils.

A bill received tentative approval on Wednesday which would name the tylosaurus and the pteranodon as the official fossils.

They'll join the western meadowlark, ornate box turtle, and bison as official state animals and reptiles.

The tylosaurus was a large sea creature that hunted the ocean that covered Kansas more than 80 million years ago. The pteranodon roamed the skies.

Fossils have been found in the chalk hills in western Kansas.