A rare dinosaur fossil of Deinonychusspecies that have inspired the appearance and behavior of the fearsome Velociraptor from the movie “Jurassic Park,” just sold for a whopping $12.4 million on the auction block.
The 10-foot (3-meter) skeleton, unearthed in Montana in 2015, includes 126 fossil bones of Deinonychus antirrhopus dating from 115 million to 108 million years ago, during the Cretaceous period, according to Christie’sheld an auction on May 12.
American paleontologist Barnum Brown discovered Deinonychus fossil in 1931, and subsequent descriptions of the animal so amazed Michael Crichton, the novelist behind the “Jurassic Park” series, that he changed his name to dinosaur as Velociraptora known turkey-sized relative of Deinonychus from Mongolia, because he thinks Velociraptorthe name of is “more dramatic. ”
But is it really? Deinonychus is a rather metallic name for those who know what it means – “terrible claws” in Greek, a fitting nickname for a muscular and sharp-toothed carnivore capable of The ability to use its crescent-shaped toenails to slash and dissect prey. However, even paleontologists have named Deinonychus in 1969 – John Ostrom at Yale University – later admitted in an interview with New York Times that “most people don’t understand Greek” and may not appreciate the ferocity of the dinosaur’s real name.
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Thanks to Crichton’s rebranding, when fans saw the dinosaurs known as “Velociraptors “in “Jurassic Park”, they actually see the film explaining about Deinonychus.
However, movie fans aren’t the only ones enamored with the ancient monster; So did paleontologists, and many were disappointed to see an anonymous buyer owning a Deinonychus sample. Private individuals purchasing fossils are not obligated to share their purchases with scientists; Even the original buyers who chose to display the fossils in a museum can pull them out at any time, which means scientists won’t be able to confirm any of their colleagues’ findings. study those specimens for a short period of time.
“Deinonychus is not a common fossil species by any distance – its sample size does not match those of larger, more easily preserved species such as T. rex (not high to start) – and so to see such a really good specimen for sale is utterly baffling and exasperating: it should have been put in a museum, not in the palm of your hand of the auctioneer,” Thomas Carr, a vertebrate paleontologist and associate professor of biology at the University of Carthage in Wisconsin, who was not involved with the fossil or the auction, told Live. Science in an email.
Note, this is special Deinonychus The skeleton was missing a skull and many other bones, so the preparers filled in the missing parts with embryos. “It’s hard to imagine how such a small dinosaur skeleton – no skull! – could be sold for three times less than T. rex“about $5 million,” Carr said.
Auction Deinonychus The specimen was nicknamed Hector, after the legendary Trojan warrior in Homer’s epic, “Iliad.” According to Christie’s, Hector “is the most complete skeleton of his species ever found.” Likely to be Hector and his associates Deinonychus Predators hunted in packs in what is now western North America, knocking down prey with their deadly toe claws.
“It is believed that in order to use the claws with the greatest success, Deinonychus will stand on one leg, hold the target with its long arms, and stab its prey with a powerful kick,” Christie describes.
After the 2015 excavation, Hector was put on display at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in the “King of the Dinosaurs” exhibition, which runs from June 2020 to December 2021 and shows Hector along with 5 other dinosaur species, including Tyrannosaurus rex. However, Deinonychus never cross the road with a T. rex in real life; the second species lived from about 68 million to 66 million years ago, long after that Deinonychus has gone extinct.
Hector is one of many dinosaur fossils that have touch the auction block In recent years. In 1997, the most complete T. rex recorded skeleton, nicknamed Sue, which sold for about $8.3 million ($14.9 million today) to the Field Museum in Chicago, which relies on private donors to help raise funds. In 2020, the most expensive dinosaur ever sold at auction – Stan the T. rex from South Dakota – sold for $31.8 million and was now in Abu Dhabiwaiting for the Museum of Natural History to open in 2025.
Originally published on Live Science.
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