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Get your BitCoins ready! 26 foot Biggest Triceratops Skeleton going on auction
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 01, 2021 01:35PM
and who couldn't use a 26 foot triceratops in their front yard? I think the €1.5m estimate is low, now that there are so many Bitcoin swells out there.

Big John, largest known triceratops skeleton at 26 feet, goes on display before auction

Bones found in 2014 in what is now South Dakota described as ‘miracle of nature and work of art’

[www.theguardian.com]
Now the remains of one of the giants of the Cretaceous period, a herbivore despite its fearsome appearance, have gone on display in Paris before they are auctioned next month.

Big John, as the dinosaur has been named, has a skull and bony collar measuring 2.62 metres long, 2 metres wide and weighing more than 700kg, two large horns measuring more than a metre, and 200 other assorted bones that have been painstakingly pieced together.

He lived in Laramidia, an island continent that stretched from what is now Alaska to Mexico, and died in an ancient flood plain now known as the Hell Creek geological formation in South Dakota. As the plain is composed of sediment with no biological activity, Big John was mostly fossilised and preserved.

The bones were discovered in May 2014 and excavation was completed more than a year later. They were reassembled in Italy at the Zoic workshop, specialists in the restoration of prehistoric skeletons.


Workers bring the triceratops’ skull into the gallery where it is going on show


A laceration on the collar suggests the dinosaur was injured in combat with another triceratops, probably in defence of territory or a mate.

“Big John, over 60% complete and with a 75% complete skull, is both a miracle of nature and work of art,” said a spokesperson for the auctioneers, Giquelo.

Iacopo Briano, a palaeontologist who oversaw the reconstitution of Big John, said the skeleton was 5-10% bigger than any other triceratops found up to now.

“It’s a masterpiece,” Briano told FranceInter radio. “There are quite a few triceratops skulls around in the world, but very few of them almost complete.”

-Big John, who measures 8 metres long, is expected to fetch up to €1.5m when he goes under the hammer at Paris’s Drouot auction house on 21 October as part of the annual Naturalia sale. He can be seen between 16 September and 15 October at 13 rue des Archives in the city’s Marais district.
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Re: Get your BitCoins ready! 26 foot Biggest Triceratops Skeleton going on auction
Posted by: mikebw
Date: September 01, 2021 01:56PM
Nice, but I doubt that would do anything to keep those dang kids off the lawn.
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Re: Get your BitCoins ready! 26 foot Biggest Triceratops Skeleton going on auction
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: September 01, 2021 02:19PM
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Nice, but I doubt that would do anything to keep those dang kids off the lawn.

comes with optional high voltage electrification kit (add $49.95)
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