‘Duelling dinosaurs’ fossils donated to North Carolina museum

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA (AP) — The fossil skeletons of two dinosaurs intertwined in what looks like a final death match have been donated to a North Carolina museum.

The non-profit organisation Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences said in a statement on Tuesday that it acquired the fossilised animals with private funds.

The skeletons will be gifted to the Raleigh museum’s vertebrate paleontology collection. The Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops horridus known as the duelling dinosaurs were buried together 67 million years ago.

Their fossils were discovered on a Montana hillside. The non-profit said the distinct preservation will give museum paleontologists an unprecedented opportunity for research and education.