Sold for 731 billion VND, the world’s most complete tyrannosaur skeleton suddenly reappeared
Stan is the name given to the world’s most complete T.Rex tyrannosaur skeleton, which sold for $31.8 million in 2020 – the highest price ever paid in fossil auctions.
The sale of Stan has caused fierce controversy among researchers because many paleontologists fear this precious fossil will be lost and affect scientific research. Because of the tension, the identity of the buyer was never revealed. Along with that, Stan’s whereabouts also became a mystery.
In early 2022, some thought Hollywood star Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was the new owner of a 67-million-year-old set of fossils, when a T. rex skull appeared behind him during a ManningCast broadcast. the last of this year’s NFL season. However, that turned out to be just a duplicate.
By the end of March 2022, the mystery was finally solved when the 11.7 meter long T. rex skeleton was officially re-appeared, becoming one of the exhibits at a Natural History Museum. in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This museum is scheduled to open in 2025.
“Now, Stan has a new home at the Abu Dhabi Natural History Museum. This 67-million-year-old dinosaur will be cared for by professional scientists and will continue to contribute to education, research and inspire future explorers,” the Abu Dhabi Ministry of Culture and Tourism said in a press release.
Standing 4 meters tall, Stan is made up of 188 bones, making it one of the largest and most complete T. rex skeletons in the world.
The first bones were found in the Hell Creek Formation spanning parts of Montana, North and South Dakota, and Wyoming in 1987 by Stan Sacrison, an amateur paleontologist.
Initially misidentified as the bones of the dinosaur Triceratops, Stan’s bones lie peacefully where they were discovered. It was not until 1992 that professional paleontologists visiting the site happened to realize the true origin.
Then it took more than 30,000 hours of labor to excavate and restore the skeleton. The researchers discovered that Stan survived for a long time after breaking his neck, as evidenced by two fused vertebrae.
There are also signs of puncture wounds to the skull and one side of the ribs, possibly caused by another T. rex. Stan would have weighed between 7 and 8 tons, twice as much as an African elephant today. Its longest teeth measure up to over 28 centimeters, with serrated edges.
Stan’s return is good news for researchers, alleviating fears that Stan will disappear and become a part of a financier’s collection. Stan should be in the public eye and should be used to contribute to scientific purposes.
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