Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton T.rex to be sold at auction for $25 million (photo)
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Paleontologists are not happy about the news of the sale, because after that, scientists will not have access to study another specimen of a prehistoric animal.
The skeleton of the mighty tyrannosaurus rex T.rex, which once lived in the west of North America, can be sold at auction in Asia. The bones of the prehistoric beast are going to be sold for $25 million. This is reported by Live Science.
The remains of a Tyrannosaurus rex were discovered in the Hell Creek Formation in the US state of Montana. The region is known for its fossils dating back to the Late Cretaceous, which ended about 66 million years ago.
Nicknamed Shen weighs 1,400 kg and is 12.2 meters long and 4.6 meters tall, according to auction house Christie's Hong Kong. Whoever buys it will have exclusive rights and will be able to give it a different name, and the auction itself is scheduled for November 30th.
However, paleontologists are not happy about the news about the sale of the skeleton.
“Shen's auction is terrible news for science: although it is unclear how intact this specimen really is, selling it would be another loss to science,” said Thomas Carr, a vertebrate paleontologist and assistant professor of biology at Carthage College in Wisconsin.
He added that each tyrannosaur specimen is valuable because that they shed light on the evolution and biology of rare dinosaurs. After the auction, scientists will not have access to another skeleton.
“After the auction, Tyrannosaurus Shen will almost certainly languish unexplored and out of sight,” he said.
Thomas Carr pointed out that museums cannot buy fossils worth several million dollars because the market is limited by the rich who have no scientific knowledge.
“This fossil belongs to the museum, not to an auction house abroad where ordinary Americans they don't see it,” he added.