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Missouri State Dinosaur
Adopted in July 9, 2004.
The Hypsibema missouriensis - pronounced hip-suh-BEE-muh mi-zur-ee-EN-sis., whose name means big lizard, a 35-foot-long creature with 1,000 teeth was chosen as Missouri's official state dinosaur on July 9, 2004. The Hypsibema Missouriensis is a large, duck-billed, plant-eating sauropod.
It was adopted in July 9, 2004 as Missouri's State Dinosaur.
The Chronister Dinosaur Site near Glenallen, Mo., was discovered in 1942 when the Chronister family found bones while digging a well. Some of the bones discovered are in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Some now are in the Bollinger County Museum of Natural History.
In the 1980's, Dr. Stinchcomb, with assistance from Dr. David Parris and Dr. Barbara Grandstaff of the New Jersey State Museum, conducted a series of test excavations. These new fossils made it possible for Dr. Parris and Dr. Grandstaff to determine that Hypsibema is not a sauropod after all, but rather a hadrosaur. Hadrosaurs are also called "duck-billed" dinosaurs because their snout superficially resembles a duck's bill.
HB 1209 — Official State Dinosaur. Names the Hypsibema missouriensis as the official state dinosaur. (signed 7/9/04)
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