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July 9, 2004: Hypsibema missouriense was named our state dinosaur. Its fossils were discovered in 1942 in Bollinger County near Glen Allen. This duck-billed herbivore had more than one thousand teeth and lived in Missouri during the late Cretaceous period.
This post was contributed by Ross Malone. A historian and a retired school teacher, Ross has authored many books about Missouri’s history, weird facts, and folk tales. He has also written children’s historical fiction. Visit his website, and buy his books in the Missouri Life store.