Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sci-tech | By Patricia Wade

Rare dinosaur skeleton sold for more than US$2 million at auction

Rare dinosaur skeleton sold for more than US$2 million at auction

A 30-foot-long dinosaur skeleton sold for more than $2.3 million at an auction at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Monday. Although some of its recent history remains unclear, at some point after being discovered the bones were legally exported to Europe and studied at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences of Brussels.

Aguttes, who later identified the seller only as a British businessman, said that the difficult-to-describe dino would "soon be lent to a museum, it will be studied by scientists, everything is flawless".

The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) at Bethesda in Maryland representing an worldwide team of near about two thousand two hundred paleontologists did not support the auction and wanted it to get canceled due to concerns regarding the historical asset landing in a private entity.

However, museums don't have the cash to purchase such rare fossil.

"In fact, there are as many differences between it and an allosaurus as between a human and a gorilla", Geneste said. "So, high auction prices not only mean that buyers tend to be collectors or corporations, but they create situations where land owners would prefer to work with paying customers rather than collaborate with scientists".

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The media outlet reports that the mystery winning bidder has promised not to keep the precious fossil all to himself and intends to lend it to a museum.

"Fossil specimens that are sold into private hands are lost to science", reads the group's letter to Aguttes.

Mickeler said that "herbivores do not quite excite businessmen who buy dinosaurs the same way as carnivores do". It called for the auction to be canceled, saying that private ownership could limit the reach of scientific study even if the skeleton was then released to researchers.

The buyer has so far remained anonymous, but told auctioneer Claude Aguttes that if they were to win the bidding, they would present it to the public, Reuters reported.

At auction in Paris Eiffel tower sold the skeleton of a predatory dinosaur previously unknown species.

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