LAUREL, Md. (Circa) – In the middle of a Maryland industrial park just outside Washington D.C. you can find dinosaur fossils dating back millions of years ago.
Dinosaur Park in Laurel, Maryland is especially dense with fossilized dinosaur eggs and bones of baby dinosaurs.
The mid-Atlantic region of the United States was a series of dense bayous and marshes covered with rich vegetation during the Cretaceous period 110 million years ago.
That made the area a thriving environment for Astrodon Johnstoni, a herbivore dinosaur that measured up to 60 feet long, 300 feet tall, and weighed nearly 20 tons.
Dinosaur fossils were originally discovered in the area in 1858 by African-American salves mining for iron.
In 2009, 41 acres were set aside as a Dinosaur Park with seven and a half acres open to the public.
Visistors can visit the site, which paleontologisst say this is one of the most important dinosaur fossil sites east of the Mississippi River, daily from sunrise to sunset.