RALEIGH, NC (AP) – The fossil skeletons of two dinosaurs intertwined in what looks like a final death match have been donated to a museum in North Carolina.
The non-profit organization Friends of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences said in a statement Tuesday that it had acquired the petrified animals with private funds. The skeletons will be donated to the collection of vertebrate paleontological museums of the Raleigh Museum.
Tyrannosaurus rex and Triceratops horridus, known as dueling dinosaurs, were buried together 67 million years ago.
Their fossils were found on a hill in Montana and remain buried in the sediment where they were found. The NGO said separate storage would give museum paleontologists an unprecedented opportunity for research and education.
The skeletons are worth millions of dollars and have been the subject of a lawsuit over who owned them since they were discovered in 2006. In June, a U.S. court of appeals ruled the fossils belong to the owners of the land rights, not to the owners of the mineral rights.