December 3, 2021

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Big John, the world's largest triceratops, has been sold for €6.65 million

Big John, the world’s largest triceratops, has been sold for €6.65 million

Auction house Binoche et Giquello has sold the fossil remains of Big John, the world’s largest Triceratops skeleton, in Paris for 6.65 million euros. the sample He toured present-day South Dakota about 66 million years ago (United State)The place where his bones were discovered in 2014.

Paleontologists who found Big John’s remains were able to recover 60% of the dinosaur’s skeleton (which measured eight meters in length and three meters in height). A total of 200 objects were found (including a six-foot-wide Triceratops skull) Carefully assembled by the specialists at Triestre (Italy).

Although the specimen’s neck shows signs that it was collided with another dinosaur, Jupiter representative Dugwan Rivers told the BBC that the collector was “absolutely pleased with The idea of ​​being able to get a piece like this for your personal use.

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It was possible to preserve Big John’s remains until today thanks to the fact of that The dinosaur died in the ancient flood plains And buried in the mud. This substance helped preserve bones for about 66 million years.

Alexandre Giquello pointed out that Big John’s sale price is another example of how Private collectors have greater purchasing power They are “creating a new market” for dinosaur remains. In fact, a complete specimen of Tyrannosaurus Rex was auctioned for more than $27 million in 2020.