Fossil of Dinosaur-Era Sea Giant Is Missing Puzzle Piece

March 25, 2014 11:22 AM

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Fossil of Dinosaur-Era Sea Giant Is Missing Puzzle Piece

At first, Gregory Harpel thought the dark-brown object he found was just a stone. But it was oddly placed, resting in an isolated spot on a grassy embankment along a creek in Monmouth County, N.J. A closer look confirmed he had found something much more interesting.

"I started seeing the little holes in the bone that the blood vessels go through," said Harpel, an amateur fossil hunter who made this discovery in 2012. "I thought maybe it was a dinosaur of some sort."

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