Paleontologists from Drexel University in Philadelphia were called to the excavation site of a South Jersey strip mall after digging crews believed they stumbled on dinosaur fossils.

The relics were discovered in Mantua, New Jersey, CBS News reports.

Experts say they are the fossils of animals believed killed around the same time the dinosaurs disappeared, following a massive meteor strike. Thousands of animals died, leaving 70% of the planet lifeless.

The quarry at the S.J. strip mall could be the most significant fossil dig in recent memory.

courtesy CBS News
courtesy CBS News

The team from Drexel has unearthed several fossils from the Mantua area over the past decade, including a 7-foot-long thoracosaurus crocodile that once lived along the Atlantic coast.


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