Imagine that you happened to be near the Hudson River on a mild October day in 1963, and all of a sudden you notice a barge carrying five giant dinosaur models heading downriver.
It must have been a charming and mysterious sight, so much so that news photographers rushed to snap pictures of the dinos and the crowds they attracted as the barge headed toward the Battery.
What they were doing on the water quickly became clear: these models, created upstate, were on their way to the site of the World’s Fair in Queens.
Later, they were displayed as part of a dinosaur exhibit sponsored by Sinclair, the oil company with a dino for its logo.
Unless you count the ones in the Museum of Natural History, dinosaurs have not left any traces in New York City. Their fossils have never been found here.
The next best thing: mastodon remains. Between 1858 and 1925, the tusks, jaw, and teeth of the massive beasts that roamed the city 18,000 years ago have been uncovered in Queens and Manhattan.
[New photo: New York Daily News]