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SC 8-year-old girl pushes for official state fossil

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Olivia McConnell at the SC State House. (Source: McConnell family) Olivia McConnell at the SC State House. (Source: McConnell family)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

South Carolina has several official state symbols. Collard greens are the state's leafy vegetable and the state animal is a white tailed deer.

Now, 8-year-old Olivia McConnell says there should be a state fossil.

"I can't just say we need a state fossil," she said as she explained how this all started.

So, she wrote letters to her state representative and state senator and gave them several reasons.

"Fossils tell a lot about how animals lived backed then. And the first vertebrae backbone found in North America was actually found here in South Carolina," McConnell said. "Since the Columbian Mammoth was a very, very interesting fossil about a similar animal that lives today, it would be a great thing."

McConnell's representatives out of Clarendon County created a bill that would name the Columbian Mammoth the state's official fossil.

"I thought that was very sweet that she did that," Sen. Kevin Bryant, out of Anderson County said.

Bryant wanted to amendment the bill and add text from the bible from the book of Genesis.

"On the sixth day of creation that is when God created the beast of the field. And I'm assuming that's when he would've created the Wooly Mammoth," Bryant said.

But, Bryant's proposed amendment was ruled out of order stating amendments can not add new matter to a bill.

"I think it's very important that we acknowledge the Creator when we're acknowledging some of his wonderful creations. I don't have a problem acknowledging the Wooly Mammoth as a state fossil," Bryant said.

So, for now the bill is on hold and McConnell is also getting a lesson in politics.

"I've learned a lot and it takes time and patience," McConnell said.

She's also getting a lesson in politics.

"A lot of my friends say that I might be the governor when I get older, but I thought that's probably not what I'm going for," McConnell said.

McConnell said through her research she learned South Carolina is one of seven states that does not have an official state fossil.

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