This month (19 November 2013), two fossilized dinosaurs, locked in eternal battle, will be auctioned off at Bonhams in New York City. Experts expect them to fetch one of the highest ever prices for a fossil, up to $9 million. The pair's prehistoric fight was intense. The carnivore, called a Nanotyrannus lancensis (a relative of Tyrannosaurus rex), sports a cracked skull, and 26 of its teeth are lodged in the body of a large Chasmosaurine ceratopsian (a herbivorous Triceratops-like dinosaur).
This is one of only two known occurrences where a theropod (meat-eating dinosaur) and its ornithischian (herbivorous dinosaur) prey are preserved together. But the fossil's significance goes beyond the action; the find, predicted to be more than 90 percent complete, could yield definitive evidence about whether the Nanotyrannus is actually a new type of dinosaur or just a young Tyrannosaurus rex - evidence that other fragmented fossils can not provide. Discovered in 2006 on Garfield County private land in Hell Creek Formation in Montana, the Cretaceous Age duo is priced too high for any museum to purchase outright, which is why it is headed to the auction block, explains Popular Science magazine.
Cretaceous Age: In geochronology, the last of the three periods of the Mesozoic Era. The Cretaceous began 145 million years ago and ended 66 million years ago; the Cretaceous came after the Jurassic Period. Ken Ham's unscientific Creation Museum does not deserve to display the Montana deuling dinosaurs. Radiometric dating and Hayden Planetarium (Neil deGrasse Tyson) contradict pseudo-science (i.e. Young Earth Creationism, Intelligent Design). Genesis chapter 1 says the Earth was created before all of the stars (i.e. the Sun, Proxima Centauri, Betelgeuse, Rigel, Pollux, Acrux, Wezen), contradicting real science.