Dinosaur skeleton on sale

March 8th, 2008 - 10:27 pm ICT by admin  

Paris, March 8 (DPA) An authentic dinosaur is on sale in Paris where Christie’s has put a more than 65-million-year-old triceratops skeleton up for auction, reports said Saturday. More than 70 percent of the 7.5-metre-long skeleton is authentic, the auction house says. The missing parts were substituted with resin.

The two-tonne fossil is expected to fetch around 500,000 euros ($770,000) at the auction April 16.

The triceratops specimen originates from North Dakota in the US and is owned privately. Museums and other institutions and individuals have been among the potential buyers enquiring after the skeleton.

The plant-eating triceratops, with its characteristic three horns, is among the best-known dinosaurs. Its head alone weighs 200 kg.

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