August 15, 2022

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Relative to Tyrannosaurus: Corgosaurus Skeleton Makes Millions

A relative of Tyrannosaurus
Corgosaurus skeleton fetches millions

It’s three meters high and nearly seven meters long: a corgosaurus skeleton is changing hands at New York auction house Sotheby’s. “Impetus Lizard” joins the list of the most expensive dinosaur skeletons ever auctioned.

A complete skeleton of Corgosaurus was sold in New York for $6.1 million. At three meters high and 6.7 meters long, the specimen is one of the most expensive dinosaur skeletons ever auctioned, according to auction house Sotheby’s. Estimates ranged from five to eight million dollars.

Corgosaurus (“fierce lizard”) lived during the Upper Cretaceous period and died out about 77 million years ago. It typically weighed two tons and was slightly smaller than its more famous relative, the Tyrannosaurus rex. The specimen now up for auction was discovered in 2018 in the US state of Montana. Since then, it has always been privately owned.

The skeleton of Deinonychus anthropus, which inspired the velociraptor in Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, was auctioned at Christie’s in May — they’re actually two different species, but the screenwriters took some artistic liberties when designing their dinosaurs.

The auction raised $12.4 million, more than double the estimate. The three-meter-long fossil was unearthed several years ago in Wolf Canyon, Montana, USA, and has been privately owned ever since.

A Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton reached the previous record price of $31.8 million in 2020. One of the most complete specimens is “Stan”, discovered in 1987 near Buffalo, South Dakota, USA. It took paleontologists more than three years to excavate and piece together the 188 bones. This discovery served as the template for various dino replicas housed in museums.

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