Hadrosaurus sculpture.

World's First Dinosaur Skeleton Discovered Here

Field review by the editors.

Haddonfield, New Jersey

In October 2003, a statue was erected in downtown Haddonfield commemorating the World's First Dinosaur Skeleton Discovery in October, 1858. The Hadrosaurus foulkii was the first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton found, and the first to be mounted for public display (partial skeletons and fossils were discovered earlier in England, where the term "dinosaur" was coined in the 1820s). The Haddonfield find sparked the start of the field of dinosaur paleontology, and can probably be blamed for the profusion of life-size dinosaur statues across America.

The Hadrosaurus statue is an 8-ft. tall, 18-ft. long bronze created by sculptor John Giannotti and commissioned by the town. Though the dinosaur seems poised to menace sidewalk shoppers, locals know that duck-billed Haddy was a harmless herbivore. The Hadrosaurus is the state fossil of New Jersey! Does your state have a fossil too? (Kids -- ask a parent.)

A plaque and stone marker commemorate the original discovery site in nearby Hadrosaurus Park, east of Grove Street at the end of Maple Avenue. The park is adjacent to the ravine where the bones were discovered buried in clay-like marl deposits, along a small creek known as Hadrosaurus Run. The site was designated a National Historic Landmark in October 1995.

World's First Dinosaur Skeleton Discovered Here

Lantern Lane, Haddonfield, NJ
About a block from the High Speed Line station, on Kings Hwy where Chestnut St. connects, in Haddonfield's business district. If you're lucky, you'll find parking along the street.
Save to My Sights

Nearby Offbeat Places

Muffler Man: Tire Guy in PinkMuffler Man: Tire Guy in Pink, Magnolia, NJ - 3 mi.
Mr. Softee Truck on RoofMr. Softee Truck on Roof, Runnemede, NJ - 3 mi.
Bakery's Fiberglass MenagerieBakery's Fiberglass Menagerie, Haddon Heights, NJ - 3 mi.
In the region:
Edgar Allan Poe House - Hideous Heart, Philadelphia, PA - 8 mi.

More Quirky Attractions in New Jersey

Stories, reports and tips on tourist attractions and odd sights in New Jersey.

Explore Thousands of Unique Roadside Landmarks!

Strange and amusing destinations in the US and Canada are our specialty. Start here.
Use RoadsideAmerica.com's Attraction Maps to plan your next road trip.

August 12, 2020

My Sights

My Sights

Create and Save Your Own Crazy Road Trip!

Try My Sights

Roadside America app
Roadside Presidents app

New Jersey Latest Tips and Stories

Latest Visitor Tips

Sight of the Week

Sight of the Week

The Oregon Vortex, Gold Hill, Oregon (Aug 10-16, 2020)

SotW Archive

USA and Canada Tips and Stories

More Sightings

Sightings. Arrives without warning. Leaves no burn marks. A free newsletter from RoadsideAmerica.com. Subscribe now!
RoadsideAmerica.com Hotel & Motel Finder

Special rates for hotels.

Nearby Hotels: Haddonfield, New Jersey

Nightly rates found:

Book Now