The First Dinosaur Skeleton, Almost Complete, And The First American Dinosaur

Friday, November 4, 2011

The first dinosaur fossil found in the United States, had found a femur, Dr. Caspar Wistar, Gloucester County, New Jersey, 1787 (it has since disappeared, but the fossils found later in the area).

In 1800, Massachusetts, USA, Pliny Moody 1-foot (31 cm) long fossilized footprints at his farm, which was designed as Harvard and Yale scholars from "Noah's Raven". Many other dinosaur footprints found in New England stone quarries in the early 1800s, but they were considered unimportant and was destroyed in the process of career. Other fragmentary dinosaur bones and tracks were discovered at that time Connecticut Valley, Massachusetts.

The first dinosaur skeleton nearly complete was discovered by William Parker Foulke. Foulke had heard of a discovery made by artisans in a Cretaceous marl (a crumbly type of soil) pit on the farm John E. Hopkins in Haddonfield, New Jersey in 1838. Foulke heard of the discovery and recognized its importance in 1858. Unfortunately, some bones have been removed by artisans. The dinosaur skull-less was excavated and named by U.S. anatomist Joseph Leidy who named Hadrosaurus Fuka (meaning "Foulke big lizard"). It was a dinosaur duck-image (but is now a line doubtful, because there are so little information about this fossil). The "Haddonfield Hadrosaurus" is on display at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

Leidy analysis of this skeleton was Hadrosaur depth, from its anatomy, he wrote about the lives of dinosaurs imaginitively and death. Leidy wrote, "Hadrosaurus was probably amphibious, and although his remains were collected from a marine deposit, the rarity themselves in the latter leads us to believe that in our possession had been carried downstream in a river on banks where the animals lived. "(Quoted by J. Leidy, in the remains of a fossil reptile recently discovered in Haddonfield, New Jersey. Proceedings Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia, December 14, 1858 pp.1-16.)

This study has influenced the popular image of dinosaurs and dinosaur science for years. This beautiful skeleton made dinosaurs Hadrosaur come alive in people's imaginations and spurred generations of paleontologists.

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