University of Kansas Displays New Dinosaur Exhibit in Museum

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Silvisaurus condrayi

Fossil was discovered in 1955.

The University of Kansas says the only known dinosaur that inhabited Kansas is now on display in the school's Natural History Museum.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that experts believe the Silvisaurus condrayi roamed the state 100 million years ago. The dinosaur was short but relatively long, measuring about 3 feet tall and 10 feet long.

The museum's exhibit features the dinosaur fossil discovered in 1955 by Warren Condray, who found the bone fragments embedded in rock on his Ottawa County ranch. It also includes a display where visitors can feel the texture of the Silvisaurus' armor plating.

The university says that part of the dinosaur had been exhibited but it was removed several years ago. University scientists collected fossils including the dinosaur's skull, lower jaw, teeth, neck bones, ribs, shoulder spikes and backbones from Condray's property.