(St. Paul, MN)  --  The Science Museum of Minnesota says the giant beaver won the vote to potentially become the official state fossil.  Minnesota is one of only seven states that does not already have a designated state fossil.  Doctor Alex Hastings says we absolutely have every intention of taking this thing all the way through legislation and getting it passed.  Hastings says an initial eight candidates were chosen, and the giant beaver was a write-in ninth candidate.  Minnesota lawmakers still have to sign off on the giant beaver becoming the state fossil.