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'Dueling dinosaurs' fossils show Triceratops, T. rex, may have died after a battle

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

About 67 million years ago, a Triceratops horridus and a Tyrannosaurus rex died and were quickly buried together side by side in a single grave. It's the kind of showdown scientists have speculated about for years. The fossils go on dislay in 2022.

About 67 million years ago, two iconic dinosaurs, a Triceratops horridus and a Tyrannosaurus rex, died and were quickly buried together side by side in a single grave.

The impressively complete skeletons of these "dueling dinosaurs" will go on display and be studied at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in 2022, the museum announced Tuesday.

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The Tyrannoraurus rex fossil also bears a skin impression on its foot, which researchers said is remarkably similar to that of a modern emu.

Some of the other questions researchers want to answer about the fossils include determining if molecules are preserved in the skin impressions and if the tyrannosaur fossil shows evidence of feathers.

This fossil will forever change our view of the world's two favorite dinosaurs," said Lindsay Zanno, head of paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and associate research professor at North Carolina State University, in a statement.

"The Museum is thrilled to have the unique opportunity to house and research one of the most important paleontological discoveries of our time," said Eric Dorfman, director and CEO of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, in a statement.

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