(WBBM NEWSRADIO) — A research associate of the Field Museum of Chicago is on a historic dig that has uncovered a new species of dinosaur.
Dinosaur tail bones were discovered at the undisclosed Missouri site in 1942 when a family was excavating their property. The bones were then taken to the Smithsonian, where they were misidentified.
Fast forward to today. Researchers have pulled the fossilized remains of a 30-foot-long, duck-billed, spike-thumbed unique species: Parrosaurus missouriensis.
“It’s different from dinosaurs that we know anywhere else in North America or anywhere else in the world,” paleontologist Peter Mackovicky, a former Field Museum curator, told WBBM Newsradio.
Some of the bones are being prepared and stored at the Field Museum, he said.
The discovery has opened up a lost world of understanding, Makovicky said.
“We’re essentially looking at a group of dinosaurs living almost on an island continent by themselves. This an unprecedented window, and there’s a lot more to discover at this site.”