“In the summer of 1858, Victorian gentleman and fossil hobbyist William Parker Foulke was vacationing in Haddonfield, New Jersey, when he heard that twenty years previous, workers had found gigantic bones in a local marl pit. Foulke spent the the late summer and fall directing a crew of hired diggers shin deep in gray slime. Eventually he found the bones of an animal larger than an elephant with structural features of both a lizard and a bird.”
The site became “ground zero” for dinosaur paleontology, and it’s marked by a commemorative stone and a small park. Located at the end of a suburban street, it’s both hard and really cool to imagine that dinosaurs once roamed there. Kids always leave dinosaur toys on the picnic table next to the stone.
The hadrosaurus skeleton ended up at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. You can read more about it in our post, “Hadrosaurus foulkii at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University.”