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The Story of New Jersey’s State Fossil: Hadrosaurus foulkii

Hadrosaur Model ImageDid you know that New Jersey has its own state fossil? Yes, you read that right! And even better, it’s a dinosaur!

The Hadrosaurus foulkii was the first mostly complete dinosaur skeleton ever found in North America and marked a significant moment in the field of vertebrate paleontology in the late 1800s.

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New "Ask A Geologist" Web Series!

Ask A Geologist ImageWe are proud to announce the creation of our new “Ask A Geologist” Web Series! Held bi-weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays, each geologist will first introduce the day's geologic topic and then answer your questions about that topic live! 

As soon as Rutgers University made the announcement that it would close in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Museum Co-Director Dr. Lauren Adamo began thinking about ways the Museum could stay active in the community despite having to temporarily close its doors.

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Discover Natural Disasters at our 52nd Annual Open House!

Earthquake ImageAs the end of January quickly approaches, we are busily preparing for the Rutgers Geology Museum’s 52nd Annual Open House Event.


For the 52nd year, science-enthusiasts, rock and mineral-hounds, and children young and old will converge on Rutgers’ College Avenue Campus on the last Saturday in January to spend the day learning about Natural Disasters. Visitors will be able to participate in a lecture series, mineral sale, mineral identification station, arts and crafts stations, hands-on children’s lectures, and special appearances by other local science centers.

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Microscopic Worms May be the Key to Understanding the Inheritance of Acquired Characteristics

3D rendition of DNA strandFrom introductory science classes to general biology, we have been taught that all organisms are coded by deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA).


Our grandparents gave a portion of their genetic code to our parents, our parents gave a portion of it to us, and we will provide some of that genetic code to our kids. Nothing more, nothing less; after all, Lamarck’s theory on passing down acquired characteristics has been shunned for nearly as long as it existed.

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Mineral Identification


Ever wonder what that rock, fossil or mineral laying around your house is? Bring it to the Rutgers Geology Museum and find out! Fossil and Mineral Identification is open to the public at our Annual Open House and during our Late Night Events.

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