Something I didn’t know – There actually is a Capitalsaurus

Coming back down New Jersey Avenue from Nationals Park, I’ve noticed a street sign noting something called Capitalsaurus Court. It’s down at the intersection of First and F Streets S.E. I never thought much of it, just figuring it was probably the legacy of some random project put out by the city or Congress.

What I didn’t realize was that they’d actually uncovered a unique kind of dinosaur fossil at that spot while doing sewer work in 1898.

It was a theropod (meat-eating dinosaur), and it lived during the Cretaceous. It is a nomen nudum, having never been formally described.

It does seem appropriate that they found the fossils on Capitol Hill though, doesn’t it?


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