The Hadrosaur (Hadrosaurus Foulkii)
                       The Official State Dinosaur      
                 

      Chapter 161, Laws of 1991

      AN ACT designating the Hadrosaurus Foulkii as the New Jersey State
         Dinosaur.

      BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New
      Jersey:

          1. The Legislature finds that:

          a. The Hadrosaurus Foulkii, the first nearly complete dinosaur
      skeleton to be discovered virtually intact anywhere in the world,
      was unearthed in October, 1858, in a marl pit in Haddonfield, Camden
      County, by William Parke Foulke, a member of the prestigious Academy
      of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia.

          b. This discovery of a 25-foot, eight-ton, duck-billed,
      herbivorous saurian (or reptile), which stood as high as ten feet at
      the hips, was so unexpected and unusual that it startled the
      scientific thinking of the day and led to a revision of many
      conventional ideas as to the physical structure and life habits of
      prehistoric reptiles and provided a great stimulus to the study of
      dinosaurs which, until then, were relatively unknown outside the
      scientific community.

          c. This dinosaur, which lived 70 to 100 million years ago during
      the cretaceous period and which was given the name Hadrosaurus
      Foulkii in honor of its discoverer, was the first dinosaur to be
      displayed for public view, attracting tens of thousands of visitors
      to the Academy of Natural Sciences where it was on view from the
      1870's to the 1940's.

          d. The Hadrosaurus Foulkii has been recently reinstalled as one
      of the main features in a permanent exhibit at the Academyu of
      Natural Sciences.

          e. In order to pay recognition to the scientific importance of
      New Jersey's Hadrosaurus Foulkii, it is fitting and appropriate to
      designate it as the State Dinosaur.

      Approved June 13, 1991

NEW JERSEY STATUTES TITLE 52. STATE GOVERNMENT, DEPARTMENTS AND OFFICERS SUBTITLE 1. GENERAL PROVISIONS CHAPTER 9AAAAA. STATE DINOSAUR 52:9AAAAA-1. Hadrosaurus Foulkii; designation as state dinosaur. The Hadrosaurus Foulkii is designated as the New Jersey State Dinosaur.

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