Your friendly neighborhood dinosaurs

Dilophosauruses (or Coelophyses) in Chatham!

The last time I properly visited the Morris Museum, I found this dinosaur track thrown in a sad little corner of a dark little stairwell. The label said it was discovered in Chatham Township, and I thought that was kind of cool.

Turns out, it was discovered in Chatham Township… this very weekend, 32 years ago!

Scott Hallock and a dinosaur track!

On Memorial Day weekend 1979, Duncan Hallock (a former science teacher) and his son Scott were wandering through the Great Swamp when they found this fossil. Sources disagree whether it was a dilophosaurus or a coelophysis. Either way, it was a two-legged carnivorous theropod, and that’s what matters, right?

 

Reference:
Cunningham, J.T. (1997). Images of America: Chatham. Arcadia Publishing: Dover, NH.

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