Buy a Dinosaur Skeleton

March 19, 2009

Everybody is feeling the pressure of our failing economy, even dinosaurs that’ve been turned to stone for millions of years. 

The Paleontological Laboratories in Lehi, Utah, in order to raise money for the continuation of their studies, is auctioning off the fossilized skeleton of a Dryosaurus altus.  Though a relatively small specimen, the complete skeleton is predicted to fetch between $440,000 and a half a million dollars.  

You’ll be pleased to know that this isn’t that crazy of a course of action for the lab.  Natural history auctions happen quite regularly.  In fact, the auction house taking care of this lot, Chait, has been holding two a year since 2002.  Other impressive lots in the upcoming March 21st Dryosaurus auction include fossilized prehistoric butterflies and the full skeleton of a juvenile mammoth.  

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