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US News Rare dinosaur skeleton sells for two million euros

06:30  05 june  2018
06:30  05 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

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The skeleton of an extremely rare form of dinosaur sold for more than two million euros ($2.3 million) at the Eiffel Tower in Paris on Monday.

The bones of what scientists believe to be "probably a new species" of the carnivorous allosaurus were discovered during a dig in Wyoming in the United States in 2013.

The 150-million-year-old skeleton, which is 70 percent intact, was snapped up by an unnamed French art collector, who promised that the specimen will be lent out to a museum.

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A theropod, a carnivorous dinosaur skeleton is displayed during his installation on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower prior to be sold on auction by Aguttes on June 2, 2018 in Paris, France. This skeleton, 8.7 meters long and 2.6 meters high, discovered in the state of Wyoming, in the western United States, by a team of British paleontologists will be sold on June 4 by the auction house Aguttes, it is estimated between 1.2 and 1.8 million euros. © Chesnot/Getty Images A theropod, a carnivorous dinosaur skeleton is displayed during his installation on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower prior to be sold on auction by Aguttes on June 2, 2018 in Paris, France. This skeleton, 8.7 meters long and 2.6 meters high, discovered in the state of Wyoming, in the western United States, by a team of British paleontologists will be sold on June 4 by the auction house Aguttes, it is estimated between 1.2 and 1.8 million euros. The buyer "wants it to be on display in a French museum," auctioneer Claude Aguttes told AFP.

The dinosaur, which is more than nine metres (30 feet) long and 2.6 metres high, lived during the late Jurassic period, said Eric Mickeler who works for the Aguttes auction house.

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He said it was the "only one of its species" to have yet been discovered.

An employee installs the head of a theropod, a carnivorous dinosaur skeleton during his installation on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower prior to be sold on auction by Aguttes on June 2, 2018 in Paris, France. This skeleton, 8.7 meters long and 2.6 meters high, discovered in the state of Wyoming, in the western United States, by a team of British paleontologists will be sold on June 4 by the auction house Aguttes, it is estimated between 1.2 and 1.8 million euros © Chesnot/Getty Images An employee installs the head of a theropod, a carnivorous dinosaur skeleton during his installation on the first floor of the Eiffel Tower prior to be sold on auction by Aguttes on June 2, 2018 in Paris, France. This skeleton, 8.7 meters long and 2.6 meters high, discovered in the state of Wyoming, in the western United States, by a team of British paleontologists will be sold on June 4 by the auction house Aguttes, it is estimated between 1.2 and 1.8 million euros Dinosaur expert Eric Geneste had earlier told AFP it was impossible to "classify the skeleton yet as a allosaurus" because it was more robust, "with longer shoulder blades and a different number of teeth".

"In fact, there are as many differences between it and an allosaurus as between a human and a gorilla," he added.

Japanese and Swedish telephone bidders also tried to buy the dinosaur, pushing the bidding above the 1.8 million euro estimate.

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A specialist assembles the bones of a skeleton of an undeterminate carnivorous dinosaur in the Eiffel Tower in Paris on June 2, 2018. - The 9-metre-long, 2,5-metre-high skeleton was found in Wyoming, USA, in 2013 and is some 150 Million years old. This utterly unique object of a completely unknown Theropod, will go on auction on June 4, 2018 during an exhibition held by Aguttes auction house on the first floor of the Eiffel tower. © STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFP/Getty Images A specialist assembles the bones of a skeleton of an undeterminate carnivorous dinosaur in the Eiffel Tower in Paris on June 2, 2018. - The 9-metre-long, 2,5-metre-high skeleton was found in Wyoming, USA, in 2013 and is some 150 Million years old. This utterly unique object of a completely unknown Theropod, will go on auction on June 4, 2018 during an exhibition held by Aguttes auction house on the first floor of the Eiffel tower. The same French auction house sold an allosaurus called "Kan" for 1.1 million euros in 2016.

Mickeler said that "herbivores do not quite excite businessmen who buy dinosaurs the same way as carnivores do. They want to buy carnivores like themselves."

Part of the proceeds of the sale of the skeleton by a British collector will go to towards funding further archaeological digs.

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