Nine fossils from Minnesota on display

Help Choose Minnesota’s State Fossil

Minnesota is one of just seven US states without a state fossil. That’s why the Science Museum of Minnesota is leading the effort to name a fossil for Minnesota—and you can help!

There are two important qualifications to be chosen as the Minnesota State Fossil:

  1. The fossil needs to be found naturally in Minnesota (sorry, no T. rex here) 

  2. The candidate has to be old enough to be found as a fossil

Click on each candidate below (suggested by our scientists and the community) to get to know more about them before casting your vote!

EDUCATORS: Have a classroom full of fossil enthusiasts? Engage students in the legislative process as they meet the candidates and dig deeper into their campaigns before voting as a classroom.

Then, compile your votes in the form below.