Missouri Dinosaur Site
A Project Like No Other
In 1993, Matthew Forir, the Executive Director of the Missouri Institute of Natural Science, began to work on a site in the Missouri boot heel that contained the fossilized remains of various fish, turtles and crocodiles. The site contained deposits from the Cretaceous period, which meant that the animals encased in the pockets of rock and clay lived from 144 to 65 million years ago. The project site had been previously known for the discovery of hadrosaur bones - one of the most common "bird-hipped" dinosaurs of the Cretaceous period - which made it the only known dinosaur site in the state. The Institute's involvement in the project is on-going.