Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Science | By Michele Flores

150-Million-Year Old Dinosaur Skeleton Sells For 2 Million Euros

150-Million-Year Old Dinosaur Skeleton Sells For 2 Million Euros

The buyer has chosen to remain anonymous, and the fate of the skeleton remains unknown.

But that is not all that they unearthed.

"Everyone will be able to see it, it will soon be lent to a museum, it will be studied by scientists, everything is flawless", Aguttes said. The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, for one, reached out to auction house Auguttes in an attempt to stop the sale.

However, museums don't have the cash to purchase such rare fossil. This dinosaur walked on the Earth in the period between 155 and 150 million years ago in the late Jurassic period.

On Monday, it was put up for auction at the first floor of the Eiffel Tower in Paris, where it was sold for $2,360,389.

"In fact, there are as many differences between it and an allosaurus as between a human and a gorilla", Geneste said.

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Obviously, the Wyoming fossil needs additional study, scientists say.

Neither the names of the buyer nor the seller have been disclosed. The successful bidder paid more than €2m against a pre-sale estimate of €1.2m-€1.8m for the fossil and, according to the auction house, may now name the previously unknown specimen. It rather wanted the fossils to be kept in a public repository. A group of paleontologists attempted to halt the sale, raising questions about the ethics of auctioning specimens of natural heritage to private collectors.

Mickeler noted that herbivore remains generally go for lower prices, because "herbivores do not quite excite businessmen who buy dinosaurs the same way as carnivores do". The unidentified bidder could now give a name to a new dinosaur species. Auctioneer Claude Auguttes tells Reuters that the new owner has pledged to lend it to a museum and make it available to scientists.

"The skeleton is 70 percent complete and it is remarkable to have such a large amount of original fossilized bones." paleontologist Eric Mickeler said while examining the bones.

Still, it's unclear whether the owner was influenced by the near-promise made on page 51 of the auction brochure. However, after further thorough analysis they confirmed that the skeleton was of some other species as it had distinctive bones and more teeth, unlike the allosaurus.

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