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The State Fossil

     The crinoid became the state's official fossil on June 16, 1989, after a group of Lee's Summit school students worked through the legislative process to promote it as a state symbol. The crinoid (Delocrinus missouriensis) is a mineralization of an animal which, because of its plant-like appearance, was called the "sea-lily." Related to the starfish, the crinoid which covered Missouri lived in the ocean more than 250 million years ago.
(RSMo 10.090)

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