‘Stan’ the Man (T. Rex) Sold for $31.8 Million

Stan, a 67-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, will go on the auction block at Christie's on Oct. 6. (Christie's Images Ltd. 2020)

T. Rex Sells for Mega Bucks

Health Editor’s Note:  Just who does own fossils?  Is it the people whose land those fossils were found on?  Like mineral rights? Is the owner the person who ‘finds’ the fossil.  Certainly, often the fossil is named after them. If you are willing to spend mega bucks should you be able to buy an important scientific discovery and then lock it away from science? 

This 67-million-old fossil of a T. rex, Stan, was estimated to sell at auction for $6 million to $8 million, but in fact was sold for $31.8 million. Countless academic studies have been done on Stan, which makes him the most researched T. rex skeleton of all time. 

It is unclear who bought Stan. The hope is that he will not be kept away from further research opportunities and be cut off from the paleontology world. Many governments have natural history heritage laws which protect significant from being privately owned.  The U.S. only protects and requires a permit for fossils found on federal land. Fossils found on private land can be used as the land owner wishes; sold as a whole or in pieces, given to a museum, even destroyed. 

Should dinosaur hunting be for science of for making money? Should these fossils end up only in the homes of the wealthy who can afford to buy them?…Carol

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  1. Those who come forward to buy or sell history are precisely those who should be prevented from doing so. Invariably, they see it as an opportunity to control and manipulate it.

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