Normally one would associate the world of dutiful conservation with sporadic breaks of capital letters and exclamation marks – or at least not until last month, when the fossil of a Tyrannosaurus rex, possibly the only one, existed on eBay for the price of "Buy Now" of $ 2.95 million in sales.
The listing reads: "Probably the only BABY T-Rex in the world! It has a 1
The 68 million-estimated skeleton was first discovered on private land in Montana in 2013. It became property of the man who discovered it, Alan Detrich, a professional fossil hunter Detrich the fossil at the Natural History Museum of the University of Kansas, where it was still shown when Detrich made the startling decision to auction it for paleontology on whether small tyrannosaurs from North America are infants or should have the separate classification of nanotyrannus Research may not be possible now as the fossil is likely to end up in a private collection.
The Wirbelti Society Paleontology (SVP) has criticized both Detrich, who will be an important specimen out of reach of scientific investigations, as well as the institute criticizing university, for the price increase of the fossil, as a showcase for professional buyers.
In an open letter released last week, SVP members said it was unfortunate that the fossil was on display before it could be investigated. "This action, which has brought hundreds or thousands of visitors to the fossil, may have increased their commercial value," she wrote. "Museums rarely have the budget to buy ever more expensive, privately collected copies."
The University of Kansas later stated that they did not know that Detrich wanted to make the skeleton available for auction. In a statement museum director Leonard Krishtalka said that the exhibition has now been removed and returned to Detrich, and they have asked to remove any connection with the museum from the list.
So far nobody has expressed interest in paying the price, although there is the possibility of making an offer, and the article has more than 100 people "watching" him. Any museum that hopes to get a quick degree and will send it back will be disappointed – Detrich has set a right of return.