William Parker Foulke

Foulke was active in many fields and social reform causes. This gallery focuses on his discovery in 1858 of a dinosaur skeleton in a marl pit in Haddonfield, N.J. Hadrosaurus foulkei, the first dinosaur discovered in America, was named after Foulke by Joseph Leidy.

Mapping the Marl Pit

This map follows a written description recorded by William Parker Foulke as he plotted the position of the marl pit where the bones of the Hadrosaurus were found.

Searching for More Fossils

This map follows a written description of William Parker Foulke as he travelled in the vicinity of Haddonfield with Dr. Joseph Leidy and Dr. John Lawrence LeConte to investigate bones and fossils found by local residents.

Building a New Collection

This map plots some of the written records kept by William Parker Foulke as he gathered bones and fossils found by residents of Haddonfield and the surrounding area. Foulke collected these on behalf of the the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.


About the Project

In 1858, William Parker Foulke dug up the first complete dinonsaur in Haddonfield, New Jersey. In 2017, the papers related to that dig were digitized at the American Philosophical Society. This is a project to promote these records.

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About the Team

These maps were created by Sam Christensen, Kate Lenart, and Steve Marti of the University of Delaware; this site was built by Scott Ziegler and Bayard Miller of the American Philosophical Society.

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Technology Used

The interactive maps were built with LeafletJS, the website is built with an HTML5 Up template.

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