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Skeleton of giant T rex ancestor sells for $6.1m – 76 million years after it roamed the earth | US News

The fossilized skeleton of a T rex family member called the Gorgosaurus that roamed the earth 10 million years before its descendants has sold for $6.1 million (£5.01 million) at auction.

The giant carnivore, which stalked prey 76 million years ago in what is now the western United States and Canada, went under the hammer at Sotheby’s in New York on Thursday.

The specimen being sold was discovered in 2018 in the Judith River Formation near Havre, Montana, Sotheby’s said.

It measures almost 10ft high and 22ft long.

All other known Gorgosaurus skeletons are in museum collections, making this the only specimen available for private ownership, according to the auction house.

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Cassandra Hatton, Sotheby’s global head of science and popular culture, said ahead of the auction: “During my career I have had the privilege of handling and selling many exceptional and unique objects, but few have the capacity to amaze inspiring and capturing imagination. like this incredible Gorgosaurus skeleton.”

Sotheby’s pre-sale estimate for the fossil was between $5 million and $8 million (£4.1 million and £6.6 million).

Skeleton of giant T rex ancestor sells for $6.1m – 76 million years after it roamed the earth | US News

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