One-of-a-kind dinosaur skeleton sells for €2m in Paris

One-of-a-kind dinosaur skeleton sells for €2m in Paris

The skeleton reportedly was nine meters (thirty feet) long and it fetched a sum of more than 2.3 million dollars.

French auction house Aguttes, which had previously sold a mammoth skeleton and that of another dinosaur, had said before Monday's sale that the buyer might be able to name the new species, sparking objections from a us scientific association.

It was discovered on private land in the USA state of Wyoming in 2013. Or should it be controlled by a museum or another authority who can ensure that it can be studied by scientists and preserved for posterity?

However, museums don't have the cash to purchase such rare fossil.

Sold by French auction house Aguttes, the skeleton, roughly 70 percent complete, was previously suspected of being a dinosaur from the allosaurus group until further study suggested it could be a new species altogether.

Aside from the different number of teeth, one of the major differences between an allosaurus and this particular dinosaur skeleton is that the latter has a more robust stature and longer shoulder blades, dinosaur expert Eric Geneste told AFP. "So, high auction prices not only mean that buyers tend to be collectors or corporations, but they create situations where land owners would prefer to work with paying customers rather than collaborate with scientists". They expressed their concerns about the valuable fossils falling in the hands of private people instead of public repositories.

According to ABC, the buyer was a citizen of France, whose name was not disclosed.

"The palaeontologists who were on the digging site really thought it was an Allosaurus", said dinosaur expert Eric Mickeler, who oversaw the auction for Aguttes.

The new owner, who has not been identified, bought the fossil for $2,360,389.

If the skeleton is confirmed to be a new species, Mickeler said that the mystery buyer may have a say in choosing the scientific name for it.

The dinosaur skeleton, which is largely intact, belongs to a yet-unknown species of dinosaur and has paleontologists and scientists buzzing about what it could be.

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