Sunday, I attended a lecture at the American Museum of  Natural History on the geology and paleontology [fossils] of New Jersey given by Dr. Paul Kovalski. I belong to the New York Paleontological Society; they meet at the museum every third Sunday. It’s a great way for adults to indulge that universal love of dinosaurs.

Here’s a very fun factoid I learned at the lecture. New Jersey’s first dinosaur related claim to fame came with the discovery of the hadrosaurus in 1858. But just this year, a prehistoric crocodile, unique to New Jersey was identified. Because the fossil was found in Gloucester, and you can get to the place the fossil was discovered by taking exit three of the New Jersey Turnpike, the species was called Borealosuchus threeensis. Awesome[whoops] !

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