The fossil of a baby T-Rex is sold for almost $ 3 million on eBay, causing outrage in the scientific community.
According to The Guardian, Detrich borrowed the fossil in 2017 from the University of Kansas Natural History Museum, where it was still on display when listing the specimen on eBay. The probably 68-million-year-old skeleton was discovered by Detrich in 2013 and later became his property.
Leonard Krishtalka, director of the Biodiversity Institute of the University of Kansas, said in a statement last week that the University is Natural The History Museum does not sell or sell specimens to individuals.
"Accordingly, the specimen issued to us was removed from the exhibition building and is returned to the owner association with us from its sales list," he said.
Meanwhile, the Society for Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) published an open letter in which "ethical concerns" were expressed that "the fossil representing a unique part of the past of life may be lost from public confidence."  "Its owner used the scientific significance of the specimen, including the exhibition status at the KU, as part of its advertising strategy, only casts and other replicas of vertebrate fossils should be traded, not the fossils themselves," said SVP
"Da vertebrate fossils While rare, most of them clearly contribute to our knowledge of the history of life, anyone who is lost through public trust is part of the already fragmentary history that we will never collectively recover, "the Society added.