September 1, 2002 |
Wanamaker's had its eagle. Margate has its elephant. And Haddonfield will have a 14-foot-long, 8-foot-tall bronze dinosaur. Hadrosaurus foulkii has long been a part of the borough's lore. In 1858, scientists discovered the prehistoric beast's nearly complete skeleton in a marl pit on what is now Maple Avenue. It was the first such dinosaur skeleton ever found, and the first fossil displayed in a museum, Philadelphia's Academy of Natural Sciences. And now, spurred by an idea from the borough's garden club, local artist John Giannotti will craft the large sculpture to sit in the center of a garden on Lantern Lane, a pedestrian walkway in the business district.
June 14, 1991 |
Several million years ago, an eight-ton lizard wandered the swamps of South Jersey, chewing on leaves and generally enjoying the surroundings. One day, it stepped into a pit of quicksand and died. Eons passed. The swamps dried. And the sand pit gave way to Haddon Township. In 1856, the lizard's bones were dug up, pronounced a hadrosaurus and used to help start the science of paleontology. Yesterday, following further evolution and a dogged campaign by some Westmont schoolchildren, additional laurels came to the hallowed skeleton.
November 24, 2008 |
He was one of the first rock stars. So many people came to gawk at the long-limbed figure that handlers started charging 10 cents' admission in a vain effort to limit the crowds. By the next year, his fame would spread to far-off London, where a magazine called him "a reptilian master of the world. " It was 1868 in Philadelphia, and Hadrosaurus foulkii was the world's first dinosaur skeleton to go on public display. Last weekend, he - or perhaps she (as with some rock stars, scientists say it's hard to tell)
January 19, 2003 |
He only grazed on plants, but his huge, scaly body and bulging eyes surely intimidated creatures who roamed in his shadow 60 million to 70 million years ago. Even the red clay model of the Hadrosaurus foulkii - looming nine feet and stretching almost 15 - is ominous. Never mind that the dinosaur model lacks teeth (it is a duckbill) and may be a tad smaller than a full-grown Hadrosaurus. John Giannotti, a Haddonfield sculptor, is just completing the first major stage of what he says will be a life-size, bronzed tribute to a famous dinosaur whose stomping ground was Haddonfield.
January 10, 1990 |
Some experts think an ice age killed the dinosaur. Others blame it on a giant meteor. Yesterday, a new culprit emerged: the New Jersey Senate. By taking no action, the Senate killed a bill to name Hadrosaurus foulkii the official state dinosaur. The measure did not come up for a vote yesterday in the upper chamber, which met briefly for the final session of the most recent two-year legislative session. That meant extinction for the dinosaur bill, which passed the General Assembly by 54-0 on Monday.
July 17, 1989 |
It may seem like a laudable idea, but lawmakers here already can see problems. For one thing, have the proponents hired a lobbyist? How about, as one politician here wondered, "a powerful, politically well-connected law firm?" "Have they taken any legislators to lunch yet?" asked Assemblyman Thomas P. Foy. "Let's get serious. " Let's not. What's stirring some small interest under the dome here these days is a bill endorsed by two South Jersey Republicans to add one more designation to join those of the state bird (Eastern goldfinch)
October 26, 1988 |
Millions of years after dinosaurs mysteriously disappeared from the Earth, dinosaur bones were found in a marl pit on land owned by a Haddonfield farmer. That was 150 years ago. To commemorate the event, the Haddonfield chapter of the American Field Service brought dinosaurs back to the community Saturday in the form of a "Rollickin' Dinosaur Revue" at the Haddonfield Middle School. "That discovery put Haddonfield on the paleontology map," said Sally Dunbar Pedrick, who helped to organize the event to raise money for the 30- year-old student exchange program.
October 15, 2003 |
Flag-waving schoolchildren lined the street. Shopkeepers peered out from behind doorways while the peppy mayor paced the sidewalk, smiling broadly and encouraging people to clap. It was 9:47 a.m. yesterday, and all of Haddonfield seemed to hold its breath while a one-ton bronze monster blanketed in bubble wrap slowly made its way down Kings Highway, perched on a flatbed truck and escorted by police cars and a fire engine. Hadrosaurus is a big deal in these parts. In 1858, the first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton was discovered in a marl pit on John Estaugh Hopkins' Haddonfield farm.
January 21, 1986 |
Hadrosaurus foulkii made the commute from Pennsylvania to New Jersey before there were toll booths on the Ben Franklin Bridge or jokes like "You're from New Jersey? What exit?" In fact, when William Peter Foulke excavated the skeletal remains of the four-ton, 30-foot-long hadrosaurus ("bulky lizard") in Haddonfield in 1858, the creature had been dead for 73 million years or so. Foulke, a member of the Academy of Natural Sciences, had unearthed the first dinosaur skeleton ever found in the United States.
November 20, 1992 |
He's the original Jersey Dude - tall and broad. Cocky walk. Liked to go down the Shore. He lived in Haddonfield - oh, 80 million years ago or so. He dropped dead in a marl pit at the east end of Maple Avenue and lay there until 1858, when Joseph Leidy, a young, wealthy scientist, made a positive ID: He called him Hadrosaurus foulkii, a duckbilled plant-eater. Thirty-five of Hadrosaurus foulkii's bones, considered the premier example of U.S. dinosaur paleontology, are kept at the Academy of Natural Sciences.