The Hasrosaurus foulkii Sculpture

The Hasrosaurus foulkii Sculpture (HM1E2I)

Location: Haddonfield, NJ 08033 Camden County
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Country: United States of America
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N 39° 53.822', W 75° 2.07'

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Commemorates the Historic Discovery by William Parker Foulke
in Haddonfield, New Jersey, 1858

Historic Fossil

The 1858 find was the most complete dinosaur skeleton unearthed anywhere in the world up until that time. It was the first that included enough bones to reconstruct key points of the actual anatomy of a dinosaur. It profoundly changed our understanding of natural history.

Scientific Impact
In 1868, 26 years after dinosaurs had been recognized as a group of ancient animals, the world saw the first mounted dinosaur skeleton - Hadrosaurus Foulkii - in Philadelphia at the Academy of Natural Sciences. The scientific excitement generated by that exhibit directly triggered the "Bone Wars".

The Discovery
William Parker Foulke was visiting the Haddonfield home of John E. Hopkins in 1858 when he first heard that giant bones had been found in Hopkins' marl pit 20 years earlier. A member of the Philadelphia Academy, Foulke assembled a crew of diggers who excavated 40 bones, 9 teeth and a small quantity of miscellaneous fragments from the pit. These fossils are stored at the Academy of Natural Science in Philadelphia.

He also brought in Academy curator Dr. Joseph Leidy who identified the bones and sketched the first anatomical drawing of a real dinosaur.

The Hadrosaurus foulkii became the official state dinosaur of New Jersey in 1991.

The Animal
Hadrosaurs foulkii lived nearly 80 million years ago in the Late Cretaceous era. A vegetarian, it was a member of the duck-billed family of dinosaurs that lived in herds and are believed to have cared for their young long after they hatched from eggs.

New Jersey Marl
The fossil was found in the marl beds that run through the southern half of the state. Marl is a dense, mineral-rich, clay-like substance that was once the bottom of an ancient sea.
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Date Added Friday, October 10th, 2014 at 10:54am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)18S E 497050 N 4416329
Decimal Degrees39.89703333, -75.03450000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 53.822', W 75° 2.07'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 53' 49.32" N, 75° 2' 4.20" W
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Area Code(s)856, 609
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 100-198 Lantern Ln, Haddonfield NJ 08033, US
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