"During the Polish-Mongolian paleontological expedition to the Gobi Desert of Mongolia, in 1971, an articulated Velociraptor mongoliensis skeleton was found with hands and feet grasping a Protoceratops andrewsi. Evidence suggests that these two dinosaurs were indeed killed simultaneously, smothered by sand, possibly during a dune collapse. The active predatory nature of Velociraptor is graphically illustrated as it grasps its prey with its forelimbs, while kicking and raking the belly and chest with its hindlimbs. Protoceratops was discovered in a semi-erect stance with the Velociraptor’s right forelimb clutched between its jaws in a desperate fight for survival. Their discovery reveals a snapshot in time, of a life and death struggle, between these ancient adversaries.”

Re-creation of the fossil by Black Hills Institute of Geological Research: “The skeleton casts we used, though more complete, are positioned in poses very similar to those of the original scene”

Illustration by Peter Schouten

It’s absolutely incredible to find specimens, such as these two, that were quite literally in their final moments of life before they were buried and preserved for tens of millions of years, and to finally provide a mere glimpse as to what these animals were like when they lived!



Two-Headed Calf

Evolution has recently acquired unfortunate calf who was afflicted with bicephaly, a medical condition in which the sufferer is born with two heads and, in this case, six legs and two tails. Bicephalic animals (and people), due to their extreme rarity, are often subjects of curiosity and have historically been attached to sideshows and acquired by museums. This particular calf was found on an Angus beef ranch in Miles City, MT. The taxidermy mount and articulated skeleton are being offered for sale at an upcoming Bonhams auction.