Stop by the Rutgers Geology Museum gift shop to go home with a little piece of geology. The store offers a wide range of items for sale ranging in price from $0.50 to over $20.00 and everything in between. Some of the items for sale include tumbled and rough minerals, a variety of fossils, stone jewelry, dig and rock collecting kits, and an assortment of dinosaur and Egypt themed toys. The gift shop is always open during the museum’s normal operating hours. The gift shop cannot process credit cards and only accepts payments by cash or check.
Grallator and Dinosaur Footprints
Near the entrance to the museum, visitors can view a large Jurassic aged dinosaur trackway found in Towoco, NJ. Many different species of dinosaur and reptile tracks can be found in this trackway but they are best known for the well-preserved Grallator prints. Grallator refers to one of the three-toed prints left by a small-unidentified meat-eating dinosaur. The dinosaur on top of the trackway is a reconstruction of a Coelophysis, which scientists believe closely resembled what the dinosaur that made these tracks may have looked like.
The remains of Egyptian priestess, Iset-Ha, along with her sarcophagus and several other Egyptian artifacts can be seen on display within the museum. This mummy dates back to the Ptolemaic period of Egypt, circa 320 to 30 B.C.E, and is on loan to the museum from the New Brunswick Theological Seminary.
A near complete, fully articulated Mammut americanum, commonly referred to as a Mastodon, skeleton dominates the central floor of the museum. This specimen was discovered in 1869 in Mannington, NJ. It was later purchased by Dr. George H. Cook and installed in the museum in 1896, where it has remained since. The remains of this extinct Ice Age mammal are one of the most well known examples of Mastodon bones ever found in New Jersey.
Mosasaurs are a type of extinct marine reptile that lived during the Late Cretaceous. They became the dominant marine predator towards the end of the Cretaceous period after the extinction of ichthyosaurs and the decline of plesiosaurs. Mosasaurs lived during the time of the dinosaurs and despite popular opinion are not actually classified under the clade Dinosauria. Modern research suggests they are more closely related to snakes or terrestrial monitor lizards. There are several specimens on display at the Rutgers Geology Museum including multiple artistic renderings and two nearly complete skulls.
Take a stroll through our dark room to explore our florescent mineral display. Some rocks, like fluorite and some varieties of calcite, possess the unique property that they fluoresce, or glow, when exposed to ultraviolet light. New Jersey is home to a stunning array of florescent minerals that are not found anywhere else in the world. Some of these minerals can be seen on display in our dark room and through out the museum. To read more about florescent minerals, please check out our page on the Hershhorn Mineral Collection.
Ammonites are an extinct group of marine invertebrates of the class Cephalopoda. They closely resemble the modern Nautilus but are actually more closely related to octopuses, squid and cuttlefish. Ammonites first appeared in the Devonian Period, approximately 420 to 359 million years ago and went extinct 65 million years ago along with the Dinosaurs at the end of the Cretaceous period. Ammonites were very abundant during the Mesozoic era and are found in a wide range of shapes and sizes. They are classified based on the differences in their septa, the walls that separate their chambers, and by the nature of the sutures that join the septa. There are a variety of different ammonites on display in the museum and for sale in the gift shop.