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Fighting Dinos

October 29, 2000 — October 29, 2000

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Artist rendering of Triceratops

Fighting Dinosaurs: New Discoveries from Mongolia features more than 30 of the best preserved and scientifically important dinosaur and other ancient animal fossils ever discovered in Mongolia's famed Gobi Desert. On view through October 29, 2000 the exhibition focused on the "Fighting Dinosaurs" of Mongolia--one of the most famous fossil finds in the world. Never before seen in North America and designated a national treasure of Mongolia, the two Fighting Dinosaurs are a fierce Velociraptor that was apparently buried alive while attacking a plant-eating, shield-headed Protoceratops.

Also featured are many new specimens from Mongolia, including a number of species yet to be named, some of the most complete meat-eating theropod dinosaurs ever found, several nesting dinosaurs, and some of the finest lizard and mammal fossils ever discovered. These specimens have enhanced our understanding of life in the Gobi region 80 million years ago, and they shed new light on the rise of modern bird and mammal groups.