"T-rex" skeleton sold for one million dollars →
Heritage Auctions had their big center piece auction anyway, basically ignoring the courts. Its a conditional sale, so at least the buyer, whoever it is, can’t disappear with the specimen right away. Press release from the link above: Tyrannosaurus Brings $1,052,500 At Heritage Auctions New York Conditional Sale of Tyrannosaurus bataar, 8-feet high and 24-feet long, will be contingent...
Why private collecting is bad.
A statement about fossil material in private hands Today’s fossil (March 20th) was chosen to be the one highlighted due to the auction going on in NYC that I posted about yesterday. The Tarbosaurus skeleton is the most impressive of the pillaged paleontological prizes, but there is more Mongolian material slated to go up for auction than just this skeleton. In happy news the Tarbosaurus...
Information about the "T-rex" skeleton being...
Statement from the President of Mongolia As some of you might have seen in the media, there is going to be an auction in New York City tomorrow, May 20th 2012. Heritage Auctions is the auction house running the event. The biggest ticket item, and the one that is getting this auction a lot of coverage in the press, is an almost complete skeleton of Tarbosaurus bataar, which is being referred to...
Almost back but not just yet!! However I think a number of you would be interested in this Live Chat with Museum Paleontologists Tomorrow ( 5-10-12) at 1 pm Eastern Were dinosaurs already undergoing a long-term decline before an asteroid hit at the end of the Cretaceous? Join Museum scientists Steve Brusatte and Mark Norell for a discussion and Q&A session moderated by Wired Science...
And the answer is...
This is an endocast of a mammoth! An endocast is what you get when material infills the skull, filling up the space where the brain was housed in life. Natural endocasts are often formed when a skull is filled in by sediment and then over time the skull is damaged or even destroyed as it chips away bit by bit, but the endocast remains. There are some great specimens out there where just the...