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Gorgosaurus dinosaur skeleton for sale for $6.1 million up private buyer

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Gorgosaurus – or “fierce lizard” – didn’t have to worry about being hunted 77 million years ago when it terrorized Earth. Cousin of tyrannosaurus rexdinosaur could stretch up to 30 feet and weighing up to three tons. armed with full mouth of double serrated teeth, he effortlessly pierced and cut flesh of his prey.

But mass extinction event and a few ice ages later, new the threat – money – appeared this week in capture one of 20 famous skeletons of the apex predator, like this is more famous cousin, standing on two legs and there was a pair of tiny hands.

On Thursday, a wealthy collector spent $6.1 million on buy the only known skeleton of Gorgosaurus is available for private ownership, according to Sotheby’s, auction house who acted as an intermediary in the transaction. The sale revived a long-standing feud in paleontology community for years denounced the growing commercialization of area including sale of fossils to private buyers.

Gregory Erickson, professor of A Florida State University paleobiologist told the BBC he fears a multi-million dollar sell-off like in one on Thursday “sends a message that just any other item you can buy for money and not for scientific good”.

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Gorgosaurus lived in Late Cretaceous, predating Tyrannosaurus Rex by about 10 million years, Sotheby’s said. in his list of skeleton. Despite its smaller size, it was “much faster and more ferocious” than the Tyrannosaurus Rex, which scientists believe was more of a scavenger because his teeth fit better for crack bones.

one sold on Thursday died about 77 million years ago in Judith river area in what is now Chouteau County, Mont. It remained there until it was excavated in 2018 on private propertySotheby’s said. If it were found on federal state or north of Canadian border, the skeleton would be public property, available for research and public viewing, according to the New York Times.

“I am completely disgusted, upset and disappointed because of far reaching loss of these instances will have for science— Thomas Carr, vertebrate paleontologist at Carthage College. who studies tyrannosauroids like Gorgosaurus, told the Times. “This is a catastrophe”.

It’s the debate that’s raging for decades. Sotheby’s first auction off fossil dinosaur skeleton in 1997 when he sold a Tyrannosaurus rex named Sue to the Field Museum in Chicago. for about 8.4 million dollars. The fossil got its nickname from Sue Hendrickson, a commercial backhoe. who I opened it in 1990 in North Dakota.

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In 1998, John Hoganson, Distinguished Paleontologist. of The Geological Survey of North Dakota foreshadowed tensions that would only escalate over in next 24 years between scientists like myself, who want store fossils in in public domain for scientific research, and those involved in “prosperous international market for fossils and, as a result, the collection and sale of fossils by speculators,” reports CNN.

More than a decade later, business of private According to a 2009 Smithsonian Magazine article entitled “The Dinosaur Fossil Wars”, exploration was on the rise. inspired by finds like Sue, amateur excavators have flooded the American West and the Great Plains. in what they increasingly saw as the modern gold rush. Their desire to earn on everything from a five inch shark tooth to a once-in-life score like a full dinosaur skeleton put them in conflict with scientists and federal government.

“AT terms of dig for fossils, lots of them more peoplethan before, Matthew Carrano, curator of Dinosaur at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Magazine reported. “Twenty years ago, if you were faced with private or commercial fossil scout in field, it was one person or couple of people. Now you go to good fossil locations in say Wyoming and you’ll find careers with maybe 20 people work and engage in professional activities of excavation of fossils.

Five years later, researchers warned that tensions were and would continue to rise, creating “the greatest danger”. challenge to paleontology of 21st century”. In a 2014 paper, the researchers stated that new discoveries led to new “Golden age” in field that paleontologists could use to inspire people about them work as well as science all in all. But the researchers warned that these scientists need to do better. of transfer of value of fossils to general public.

The notion that “you can sell and buy fossils” has become “deeply rooted”, according to a 2014 article. in Electronic paleontology.

“Overwhelming majority of in general population don’t know what commercialization is of fossils are even problem”, the researchers wrote.

Erickson, a paleobiology professor, told the BBC that the public craze will continue. multi-million dollardollar sales result of a society gripped by a “dynomania” fueled by at least in part on cultural touchstones like Jurassic Park franchise.

But, Erickson added, it goes deeper than that. Dinosaurs – tyrannosaurus, stegosaurus, brontosaurus, pterodactyl – some of in first creatures that cause awe and admiration in children. frenzy around their fossils, and even chance own oneit way touch this miracle again.

“Direct from childhood people in love of dinosaurs,” Erickson told the BBC, “so I can see why people buy dinosaur fossils.

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Tyler Hromadka
Tyler Hromadka
Tyler is working as the Author at World Weekly News. He has a love for writing and have been writing for a few years now as a free-lancer.

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