Dinosaur’s 22 feet long skeleton auctioned, sold for Rs 47 crore

Dinosaur's 22 feet long skeleton auctioned, sold for Rs 47 crore

Washington. Finding the skeleton of a dinosaur that ruled the earth millions of years ago is no less than a treasure hunt. The skeleton of a Gorgosaurus, a species of Tyrannosaurus rex, which ruled the earth about 77 million years ago, has been sold at auction for more than $6 million (Rs 47 crore). Auctioneer Sotheby’s said the ancient skeleton was discovered in the US state of Montana in 2018. It was sold at the Natural History Auction on Thursday at a price of $ 6.07 million. Sotheby’s said on its website that it is one of only 20 known Gorgosaurus specimens and the only one that is privately owned.

In fact, most specimens have been found in Canada, which has strict rules prohibiting private sales. The auction house has not revealed the identity of the person who bought the giant skeleton. It is about 10 feet high and 22 feet long. The company said that Gorgosaurus, which means ‘terrible lizard’, lived in the western region of North America about 77 million years ago.

In a social media post earlier this month, the auction house reported that the remains of Gorgosaurus were extremely rare to find south of the Canadian border. That’s why this discovery is extraordinary. It is one of the few specimens found in America. The auction has sparked outrage among scientists, who say the private sale of dinosaur skeletons could harm the ability to study fossils. However, this is not the first time that dinosaur skeletons have been auctioned.

Triceratops fossil sold for Rs 52 crore
A few years ago, the world’s largest Triceratops fossil ever was discovered. This giant skeleton, 66 million years old, was named ‘Big John’. In an auction, this fossil was sold for 6.6 million euros i.e. about 52 crore rupees. The skeleton was first discovered by geologist Walter W. Stein Bill in South Dakota in 2014. The dinosaurs are believed to have lived in Laramidia, a vast, ancient continent that stretched between what is today Alaska and Mexico. (agency input)

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