"Headless Henry" Arrives in Springfield

By KOLR10 News

Published 04/23 2014 07:06PM

Updated 04/23 2014 07:27PM

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Missouri Institute of Natural Science in Springfield has a very large, new resident: A triceratops skeleton.

The museum's director and many others from the institute’s dig team took part in the "unearthing" in Wyoming.

It will take many long hours to reassemble the skeleton, which has been dubbed Headless Henry because the remains don't have a head.

Henry is named after Director Matt Forir's dinosaur-loving son. Wednesday, Forir showed KOLR10 a trick he uses on a dig to figure out what he's uncovered.

"What you do is… this is a piece of rock from around the bone, we use what we call a spit test,” says Forir. “I use my bottom lip. It won't stick to your bottom lip. That’s rock. Bone sticks."

In completed form, the mounted triceratops will stand eight feet tall and between 25-30 feet long.

Options for filling in the missing portions are being weighed and include supplementing with other fossils, casts from other specimens, and an artful re-imagining of the skeleton through the use of steel enhancements.

The triceratops lived about 68-million years ago and became extinct about 66 million years ago.

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