On a farm in Haddonfield, New Jersey, a worker finds an almost completely preserved dinosaur skeleton – it’s a first in the history of paleontology. The lawyer and amateur geologist William Parker Foulke hears about it and is considered the scientific discoverer. He is amazed to find that, obviously, the eponymous Hadrosaurus foulkii (“Foulke’s big lizard”) moved on two legs only.
His discovery sparks widespread enthusiasm for dinosaurs – similar to the effect of Steven Spielberg’s film Jurassic Park (1993). In the early 1950s, Spielberg grows up in Haddonfield. In school, he learns about the dinosaur skeleton.