Romeo & Juliet

Preserved together in the ancient sands of Mongolia, a pair or oviraptorosaurs were given the poetic nickname of “Romeo and Juliet”. But that title might be more apt than was first thought. After examining the two skeletons, I think there is reason to conclude that the two really were a male and female and that a tragic 75 million-year-old love story might have been unearthed.

Read the Huffington Post article here.


Persons WS IV, Funston GF, Currie PJ, Norell MA. 2015. A possible instance of sexual dimorphism in the tails of two oviraptorosaur dinosaurs. Scientific Reports, 5.

Scott Persons