Mastodon Musings

Save the Sharks!

Image of sharks swimmingDid you know that most shark species are at risk of extinction? 

Since the 1970s, researchers have concluded that shark populations have fallen by 71%. Three quarters of these species are endangered, threatened with extinction. The principal cause? Overfishing.

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Spotlight on Marguerite Thomas Williams

Marguerite T Williams ImageMarguerite Thomas Williams: The First Black Person to Receive a Doctorate in Geology


Henry and Clara Thomas welcomed their sixth and final child, Marguerite, to their family on December 24, 1895. Marguerite Thomas grew up near Washington, D.C., but much is unknown about her childhood; however, her passion for nature, geology, and geography was sparked as a young child.

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Dig into the Past with our Paleontology-themed 53rd Annual (Virtual) Open House!

T Rex TransparentJoin us for our 53rd Annual Open House event, which will be held virtually this year on Saturday, January 30, 2021! 

No need to venture out into the cold - just join us from the comforts of your home! We will be hosting a series of guest lectures, children’s activities, and a fossil & mineral auction. Let’s travel to prehistoric times and enjoy a fun-filled day of paleontology-themed activities!

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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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