Man puts 68-million-year old T-Rex fossil on eBay

Meanwhile, the Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology (SVP) is none too pleased at Detrich taking this important specimen outside the reach of science.

The organisation published a public letter damning the sale and calling for an end to private collectors pricing museums and other institutions out of the market.

The sale has been criticised by dinosaur experts (eBay)The letter states: ‘The Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) is concerned because the fossil, which represents a unique part of life’s past, may be lost from the public trust, and because its owner used the specimen’s scientific importance, including its exhibition status at KU, as part of his advertising strategy.

‘These events undermine the scientific process for studying past life as well as the prospect for future generations to share the natural heritage of our planet.’

‘Museums seldom have the budget for purchase of increasingly expensive privately collected specimens, thus making it even less likely that the fossil will find its way into a permanent repository where it can be added to the scientific body of evidence about tyrannosaurs.

Yours for a few million (eBay)‘We strongly recommend that repositories, exhibitions, and scientists stay at arm’s length from specimens that are not yet permanently in the public trust.’

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