Stunning fossils: The seven most amazing ever found INCREDIBLE IMAGES

by Luke Higgins

Stunning fossils: Dinosaur death match1: Discovered: Gobi desert, Mongolia, 1971
Age:
 74 million years
Location: Mongolian Dinosaur Museum, Ulan Bator

They will remain forever locked in mortal combat. The Velociraptor has sunk its deadly foot claw deep into the neck of the herbivore, a boar-sized creature called Protoceratops. This vicious attack may have hit the carotid artery – a lethal blow.

But the Protoceratops fought back. It has thrown the Velociraptor to the ground before it, and its jaws are locked on to the predator’s right arm. The bite appears to have broken the Velociraptor‘s arm. “There is no doubt these animals were fighting,” says Mark Norell of the American Museum of Natural History in New York, who studied the fossil while it was on loan to the museum. “There is nothing else like the fighting dinosaurs, which captures direct evidence of a single instant in time.”

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Stunning fossils: Snake eating baby dinosaur

2: Discovered: Gujarat, India, 1986
Age: 68 million years
Location: Geological Survey of India

Unlike some dinosaurs, the giant, long-necked sauropods did not care for their eggs. Adults have never been found near nests, so it seems that sauropod hatchlings had to fend for themselves from the start. And that left the way clear for predators to feast on them as they emerged.

One of these predators was a 3.5-metre-long snake called Sanajeh indicus. Towards the end of the age of the dinosaurs, one decided to raid a nest of a sauropod eggs, perhaps attracted by the noise of hatchlings breaking out of their shells.

 

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