The fossil hunter was destroyed to put the skeleton of the baby Tyrannosaurus rex – claimed to be "the only one in the world" – on eBay for an incredible $ 3 million.
It is not known why archaeologist Alan Detrick, who discovered the baby T. six years ago. Rex near Jordan, Mont, about six years ago, suddenly decided to put the skeleton at auction earlier this month.
The 68 million-year-old dinosaur was still exposed at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in Lawrence, when it was first published on the e-commerce site. Detroit, who was born in Kansas, donated museum fossils in 2017. The museum said it has since discontinued its connections with Dietrich and confirmed that it had not been linked to the sale after the reaction from the patrons.
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"The Natural Science Museum of KU does not sell or mediate the sale of samples to private individuals," museum director Leonard Kristalka said in statement. "Accordingly, the sample of the exhibition-loan in our country is removed from the exhibition and returned to the owner. We asked the owner to remove any association with us from his sales listing."
On eBay, Detrick describes the T. Rex baby as a species.
"This Rex was very dangerous meat eggs. It's RARE to really see a baby REX if they do not grow fast they could not get caught and die. Histology shows a sample to be about 4 years after death, he explains in the description of the list, where he was awarded a curator of the Paleontology of Vertebrates from the Florida Natural History Museum for the reconstruction of the 21-inch skull. "Many bones are waiting to be identified, but every day more and more are marked" .
On average, 30 people view the post every hour, and hundreds of others are documented "seeing" the sales at the same time. According to the list, accelerated transportation in the world will cost an additional $ 65,555.
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Despite the interest, paleontologists are not satisfied with the idea that the skeleton can remain in a private collection indefinitely.
The Society of Vertebrate Vertebrates (SVP), a professional organization of scientists advocating the preservation of spinal fossils, wrote an open letter to Dietrich last week, criticizing his decision to sell the priceless skeleton.
"On [SVP] is concerned that the fossil, which is a unique part of the past of life, may be lost from public confidence, and because its owner uses the scientific importance of the sample, including its exhibit status in the CC, as part of its advertising strategy, "the organization writes," These events undermine the scientific process of studying past life, and the ability for future generations to share the natural heritage of our planet. "
The group claims that if the fossil is removed from the public access then it hinders the possibility to study it further, potentially drawing vital conclusions about the history of its bones.
"Scientific practice requires that the conclusions drawn from the fossils be checked: scientists must be able to reconsider, remeasure and interpret them (such a reexamination can take place over decades or even centuries after the fact)," added the SVP , partly. "In addition, technological advances, emerging scientific issues and opportunities for synthetic research mean that new research often uses fossils originally collected for other purposes."
Earlier this month, in an interview with The Wichita Eagle, Dietrich also admired the idea that paleontologists could learn more about the life of the fascinating creature.
"Science and paleontology are fast on live, dying young, making a nice carcass. That's what this baby T. Rex did – he died young and made quite light," Dietrich told the newspaper. "But since he did it, we will learn things we did not know before ".
From Saturday morning, the baby dinosaur was still listed on eBay, but did not receive any offer.