June 24, 2024
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No bones about it: Fossil hunters unearth what Missouri dinosaur really looked like

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

ST. LOUIS — In the early 1940s, farmers digging a well in Bollinger County, about 100 miles south of St. Louis, made an unexpected discovery: tail bones from a long lost dinosaur. Now, paleontologists say they know what the rest of it looks like. A team from Chicago’s Field Museum recently finished excavating what experts say is the fullest skeleton yet of a Parrosaurus missouriensis, a 30-foot-long, 3-ton plant-eater that roamed the area tens of millions of years ago when the state was on the eastern shore of a sea cleaving North America in two. The operation marks a turning point in an 80-ye…

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