Ever since the beginnings of paleontology in America, New Jersey has been 'the place' and William Gallagher--who terrorized his South Jersey mother by traipsing home with green mud, marl, and fossils--is the ideal guide to the wonderful disaurs and other fossils of the region. High school and college students, their teachers, interested general readers and professional paleontologists will all enjoy this book! -Earle E. Spamer, The Academy of Natural Sciences, Philadelphia Citizens of New Jersey have needed this book for a long time ...William Gallagher shows all New Jerseyans why they can be proud of their state's role in disaur paleontology and in science as a whole. -David Parris, curator of natural history, New Jersey State Museum A very enjoyable read--and an ambitious work that t only deals with disaurs of the New Jersey region, but much more besides. The hard-core disaur crowd will certainly want it, matter where they live. -Louis Jacobs, author of Lone Star Disaurs and Quest for the African Disaurs An impressive historical account of the search for disaur fossils in New Jersey ...a fascinating account of prehistoric New Jersey when disaurs and other extinct creatures roamed its environs. It has great historical and scientific value. -Richard K. Olsson, professor of geological sciences, Rutgers University Did you kw that Benjamin Franklin examined the first disaur bone in America from Woodbury, Gloucester County, in 1787--decades before the word disaur was even coined? Or that when the first reasonably complete disaur skeleton in the world was unearthed in Haddonfield, Camden County, in 1858, it was a major scientific breakthrough which forced paleontologists to completely revise their picture of disaur anatomy? Few people kw that New Jersey is the nursery of American vertebrate paleontology! When Disaurs Roamed New Jersey provides a succinct and readable history of the geology and paleontology of New Jersey from the time the region was covered by Cambrian seas 543 million years ago to the Pleistocene Ice Age only 10 to 15,000 years ago. William Gallagher tells the stories of professional and amateur fossil hunters, their discoveries, and their impact on the history of paleontological thought. He points out places in New Jersey and nearby where specimens characteristic of each era can be found. He shows how fossil evidence discovered in the state is helping paleontologists reconstruct the ecological interactions and behavior of disaurs, and discusses such continuing scientific controversies as the reason for the extinction of the disaurs. From tracking disaur footprints across the Newark basin, to digging for the last disaurs in the greensands of South Jersey, to finding a mushroom in ancient amber in East Brunswick, this book is the ideal introduction to the Garden State's fossils and prehistory. Dr. William B. Gallagher is the registrar of natural history at the New Jersey State Museum and a visiting lecturer in disaur paleontology at Rutgers University.