June 16, 1989: A group of students from Lee's Summit got the crinoid named Missouri's official state fossil. It is related to the starfish and sand dollar and lived in the ocean that once covered Missouri.
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.
Photo Credit: Tim Evanson via Wikimedia Commons. This fossil was found in the Upper Burlington Limestone formation in Missouri.