WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India
Apr 17, 2019, 11.48 AM
In an unprecedented move to preserve natural history, a skeleton of an infant Tyrannosaurus rex was put on auction on eBay last month.
The skeleton, said to be the only existing fossil of the Tyrannosaurus, was put on sale for the “buy it now” price of $2.95m.
The fossil was put on sale with a reading, “Most Likely the Only BABY T-Rex in the World! It has a 15 FOOT long Body and a 21” SKULL with Serrated Teeth! This Rex was very a very dangerous meat eater. It’s a RARE opportunity indeed to ever see a baby REX…”
The fossil, estimated to be 68m years old, was first discovered in 2013 on private land in Montana.
The ownership of the fossil was claimed by the professional fossil hunter, Alan Detrich, who discovered it.
Detrich recently decided to put the skeleton of an infant Tyrannosaurus rex for auction.
Along with the auction price, he has also mentioned a no returns policy for the fossil.
He had earlier lent the skeleton for a display to the University of Kansas Natural History Museum.
Detrich's decision to auction the fossil has invited criticism from the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology (SVP) which claims that with the buying of specimen it will go out of the reach of the scientific study and the university.
The SVP also slammed the university for helping to increase the price of the fossil and acting as a shop window for professional buyers.
So far no offer has been made by any party for the fossil. The item, however, has over 100 people "watching" it.
The skeleton, said to be the only existing fossil of the Tyrannosaurus, was put on sale for the 'buy it now' price of $2.95m.