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Old as the Hills (or Caves); the Missouri Institute of Natural Science

March 21, 2019

Even though Missouri is not typically thought of as a place for fossils, we are not without our share.  In fact, the rocks are littered with the remnants of animals that once called this place (albeit a very different version) home.  Of course, Missouri is known as a place of caves, and the discovery of the Riverbluff cave system, which held remnants of animal life from the ice age, brought together a group with an interest in natural history, fossils and the Ozarks.  They created the Missouri Institute of Natural History in 2003 and have been welcoming visitors and  promoting education in our area ever since.  Listen in as Matt Forir, the Executive Director of the institute, and I chat about his passion for fossils, the institute’s goals and the exciting world of discovery it contains.

June 02, 2017

Paul Adler, KY3

Between Lusk and Newcastle, Wyoming A local group of Dinosaur hunters is wrapping up a trip to Wyoming today. They'll be back home this weekend with new bones for display at the Missouri Institute of Natural Science.

March 04, 2016

Brennon Gurle, KOLR10

The Missouri Institute of Natural Science in Springfield gazes toward continuing to educate generations of future scientists, but needs funds to continue. 

The museum doesn't charge admission, the staff is made up of volunteers, so to help with funding, they're turning to the community for help. 

February 10, 2016

Kate Allt, KY3

Progress is evident on a home for Springfield's resident dinosaur.  Missouri Institute of Natural Science is working on a new space to house its fossilized triceratops named Henry.

June 19, 2015

Wes Johnson, Springfield News-Leader

While scooping away mud and rescuing scattered fossils, Forir said he discovered a huge triceratops replica skull that had floated away and was lodged against the side of a building. He sized it up and realized it would fit Henry's fossilized remains once they are assembled at the museum.

June 17, 2015

 Kathryn Eutsler, KSMU

Standing in a straight line under the overcast sky, 10 grinning adults dig their shovels into the green grass. Dirt begins to fly.

The Missouri Institute of Natural Science in Springfield broke ground on Tuesday for an expansion that will double the size of the museum.


February 24, 2015

Wes Johnson, Springfield News-Leader

An anonymous local donor has made it possible for the Missouri Institute of Natural Science to double the size of its free museum near Riverbluff Cave by the end of the year.


January 25, 2015

Harrison Keegan, Springfield News-Leader

There is no doubt that Matt Forir loves dinosaurs.But if there is one thing the Springfield paleontologist loves more, it is talking about dinosaurs.

December 19, 2014

Ozarks First

Ward Branch Greenway traverses South Springfield.  The largest section is a two mile stretch from Wanda Gray School to Riverbluff Park.

September 17, 2014

Paul Adler, KY3

A group of fossil hunters is just back in the Ozarks after a dinosaur dig out west. KY3's Paul Adler got a chance to see what they've hauled out of the earth on their latest adventure.

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