Dinosaur skulls are cool, but some of us want the full skeleton of a prehistoric giant lizard, thank you very much. If you share this sentiment and have at least $1,000,000 to spare, head over to New York on May 20 for Heritage Auctions' Natural History Signature event, where the 75% complete skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus bataar will take center stage.
Tyrannosaurus bataar is known for being the smaller cousin of the T-rex; the specimen to be auctioned measures 24-feet long and 8-feet high. While the T-rex roamed the lands of North America, what's now known as Central Asia served as the playground of the Tyrannosaurus bataar, 80 million years ago during the Cretacious period. Auction officials expect the skeleton to sell for more than a million, citing as an example a Sotheby's auction in 1997 wherein a T-rex skeleton sold for $8 million.
The Natural History Signature auction will feature other pieces Jurassic Park fans would love, including a Troodontidae (bird-like dinosaur) skeleton expected to sell for more than $45,000, an Edmontosaurus (duck-billed dinosaur) skull with an estimated price of $35,000, and a Tylosaurus kansasensis (snake-like dinosaur) skull that could sell for more than $30,000.
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