March 30, 2023

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Gorgosaurus skeleton sold for $6.1 million in New York

Gorgosaurus skeleton sold for $6.1 million in New York

Paleontologists say it was smaller than T. rex, but was “brighter”, faster, and able to bite harder.

This specimen is about 3 meters high, 6.7 meters long and probably weighs about 2 tons. It was discovered in 2018 in the Judith River Formation in the US state of Montana. Since then, the skeleton has been in private hands.

Most Gorgosaurus fossils have been found in the neighboring Canadian province of Alberta.

According to Sotheby’s Head of Science and Popular Culture, Cassandra Hutton, it is important to find this fossil in the United States.

“It is very important to note that the skeleton was found in the United States. Canada, like many other countries, has strict restrictions on the export of fossils and a dinosaur like this will not be allowed to leave Canada. Because it was found in the United States” This means that we can It’s already sold out, and that’s part of what makes this dinosaur so rare. Only a few specimens have been found, and they are all in museums. This is the only one on the market,” he said. She said.

Dinosaur skeletons are often auctioned off these days, much to the frustration of paleontologists. They see the disappearance of the possibility of displaying fossils in museums and making them available to scientific researchers.

Sotheby’s did not reveal the identity of the buyer. Since the United States does not restrict the export of fossils, Gorgosaurus can travel abroad.