Tuesday, April 03, 2007
THE NEW YORK TIMES
“NEW YORK – The dinosaur skull was advertised as “perfect for a New York City apartment,” though with a starting bid of $100,000, it was clear that the apartment in question was not, say, a studio in a walk-up.”
A West Coast buyer ended up paying $276,000 for the Tyrannosaurus bataar skull, in an auction that also included a mummy’s hand, a meteorite and a giant wolf’s skull. Scientists have watched in alarm in recent years as fossils, skeleton parts and other prized artifacts have gone on the auction block, and fear the loss of valuable scientific information.