Locked In Battle With A Protoceratops Both Were Apparently Killed Suddenly By A Gobi Desert Sandstorm

RIGHT: ARTIST ROBERT WALTERS DEPICTED THEIR BATTLE IN THIS PAINTING.

recently dead animal, unless of course you find a bullet hole in its skull.

There are exceptions. One set of dinosaur fossils from Mongolia shows a small predator and a horned dinosaur wrapped around each other. It seems some tragedy befell both of them before one of them could kill the other. And a huddle of young armored dinosaurs found in a sand dune in Inner Mongolia a few years ago probably died just as they lay from the collapse of the sand dune. And maybe we'll find a duckbill with a T. rex tooth buried in its skull. We did just discover a duckbill leg bone chomped on by a close ancestor to T. rex, a dinosaur we're getting ready to name. A piece of the carnivore's tooth was still in the tailbone.

The excavation of our T. rex will never tell us how it died. But we will discover a lot about how it looked and moved, and something about the conditions that buried and preserved it and the environment near the end of dinosaur time.

Rex Eating SomethingKilled Tyrannosaurus Rex

TOP: T. REX AS A SCAVENGER, EATING A HADROSAUR. DRAWING BY DOUGLAS HENDERSON.

BOTTOM: T. REX AS A PREDATOR, HERE ATTACKING A HADROSAUR. PAINTING BY DAVID PETERS.

Tyrannosaurus Rex And Triceratops

ABOVE: T. REX ATTACKS TRICERATOPS IN THIS FAMOUS CHARLES R. KNIGHT PAINTING FROM THE 1930S. THE T. REX MAY BE A

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