Yes. Yes they did. We have the fossil to prove it, and for the first time ever, the public will be able to look at it.
The fossil – nicknamed “Dueling Dinosaurs” – was originally discovered in 2006, but has so far only been seen by a select few. It shows a T. rex and a Triceratops in the middle of the fight literally fighting to the death. The pair are preserved in a fossil on display for the first time at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, The Charlotte Observer reported on November 17.
The fossil shows Triceratops and T. rex to date, preserved together in an unusual predator-prey encounter.
Unlike other museum displays where the dinosaur skeletons are preserved and then assembled to stand proudly, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences plans to display this fossil encased in sandstone as staff paleontologists slowly remove the sediment that surrounds the bones.
Museum visitors will also be able to ask questions to the working paleontologists while working on the exhibition.
“There’s such a goldmine of scientific information to discover,” museum director Eric Dorfman told The Charlotte Observer. “We already have a great reputation for letting people see science unfold in real time. People can go up and see scientists do the work they do. This fossil lets us take the idea of people engaging in science in real time to the next level. “
The fossils were acquired for $ 6 million by the nonprofit Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences through private funds and will be donated to the museum’s Vertebrate Paleontology Collection. The museum’s construction on SECU DinoLab will begin in 2021.
“We have not yet studied this sample; it is a scientific frontier. Conservation is phenomenal, and we plan to use any available technological innovation to reveal new information about the biology of T. rex and Triceratops. This fossil will forever change our point of view. of the world’s two favorite dinosaurs, “said Dr. Lindsay Zanno, director of paleontology at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in a statement.