The world’s largest skeleton of Triceratops “Big John”, 66 million years old, sold at auction for a record price in Europe
The skeleton of Triceratops was sold for 6.6 million euros / Photo: REUTERS
The largest Triceratops skeleton ever discovered, eight meters long, went under the hammer for a whopping € 6.6 million.
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Skeleton “Big John” was discovered in South Dakota, USA in 2014 and assembled by specialists in Italy. Paleontologists named the fossils after the owner of the land where the dinosaur bones were found.
The Triceratops, 66 million years old, has the most complete skeleton for a dinosaur. Researchers managed to collect 60 percent of his bones.
Now he will return to the United States in the private collection of an unnamed buyer, who, according to the auction house, fell in love with “Big John” after he came to see him writes phys.org.
“Big John” lived in the Upper Cretaceous, the last era of the dinosaurs. Triceratops died in the floodplain, and the mud kept his remains in excellent condition.
The sale of “Big John” set a record in Europe, but remained far from the world. Last year for the skeleton of a tyrannosaurus rex aged 67 million paid 31.8 million dollars!