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