Fighting Dinosaurs

About 80 million years ago, the carnivorous Velociraptor and the plant eating Protoceratops fought to the death. Scientists believe that an avalanche of sand swept over these two enemies, preserving them in the heat of battle. The fighting dinosaur specimens that were unearthed in 1971 are considered a national treasure of Mongolia.

Specimens: Velociraptor mongoliensis, Protoceratops andrewsi
Age: Cretaceous; 80 million years ago 
Size: 8 feet (2.5 meters) across
Prepared forFighting Dinosaurs exhibition
Characteristics: In this specimen, Velociraptor's claw is imbedded into the neck of the Protoceratops. The Protoceratops fought back and broke the Velociraptor's arm.

Image credits: courtesy of AMNH.