Tiny girl with mammoth problem: Olivia McConnell, the 8-year-old girl who asked South Carolina's legislators to recognise the mammoth as the state's official fossil, blunders into creationist drivel.
An eight-year-old girl’s dream of having the woolly mammoth become the official fossil of the US state of South Carolina has been put on hold while lawmakers debate an amendment that gives God credit for creation of the prehistoric animal.
A bill that recently passed the South Carolina state House to designate the Columbian Mammoth as the state fossil stalled in the Senate after Republican Senator Kevin Bryant added two verses from the book of Genesis.
That amendment was ruled out of order but senators this week will debate a new amendment that says the mammoth was “created on the sixth day along with the beasts of the field,” Bryant said on Monday.
“I just had a notion that we ought to consider acknowledging the creator as we acknowledge one of his creations,” Bryant said.
The original measure followed a letter to elected officials by Olivia McConnell, an-8-year-old from New Zion, South Carolina.