The Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences announced today (November 17th, 2020) that it is gifting Dueling Dinosaurs to the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences is at 11 W Jones Street, Raleigh, and is always free to visit.
Dueling Dinosaurs is a pair of unusually well preserved dinosaur specimens, Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops horridus, that were found buried together in Montana.
The specimen includes the best-preserved skeletons of Triceratops and T. rex unearthed to date — including the only 100% complete skeleton of T. rex yet discovered — preserved together in a potential predator-prey encounter.
There are T. rex teeth embedded in the Triceratops skeleton, but scientists don’t know yet if that means that the T. rex killed the Triceratops. They both could have been killed by another dinosaur. The T. rex could have found the Triceratops already dead.
It’s a 67 million year old cold case.
The N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences is building a new lab, where scientists will be trying to solve that cold case, as well as all the other mysteries that the fossils, which weigh a collective 15 tons, will reveal.
The new lab will be built on the ground floor of the Nature Research Center. It will be the first physical expansion of the Museum in a decade.
The new area will include high-tech exhibit spaces, an area where visitors can explore the tools and techniques used by paleontologists, and a science laboratory dubbed the “SECU DinoLab,” where scientists will research the specimens live in front of the public.
Museum guests will have the opportunity to enter the SECU DinoLab and talk directly to the paleontology team. This state-of-the-art facility will also feature video feeds and research updates so the public, both onsite and online, can follow along live as paleontologists work to reveal and share their Dueling Dinosaurs discoveries.
Construction is scheduled to begin in 2021.
The purchase of the specimens by the Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences was privately funded.Subscribe to Triangle on the Cheap