April 19th

2009 – Hadrosaurus exhibit closes

On this day in dinosaurs the Academy of Natural Sciences closed its commemorative exhibit on America’s first dinosaur discovery. Hadrosaurus foulkii: The Dinosaur That Changed the World focused on the sensational discovery of a semi-complete dinosaur skeleton in Haddonfield, New Jersey–several miles from the Academy’s home in Philadelphia.

In 1868, ten years after the bones were scientifically described, the Academy mounted the skeleton for the public, the first time this had been done anywhere in the world. Hadrosaurus became a sensation throughout the United States. It was mounted in several other locations and turned the Academy into the birthplace of American dinosaur paleontology.

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