One of the largest, most complete, and famous Tyrannosaurus rex skeletons in the world goes up for auction. The dinosaur Stan has been on display at the Black Hills Institute (USA) for decades, but is now ready to go into a private collection.
Stan was named after the paleontologist Stan Sakrison, who found his first bones in 1987. The skeleton is 4 meters high and 12 meters long. During his lifetime, Stan weighed 7-8 tons. Its skeleton consists of 188 real bones and is the fifth most complete Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton in the world. It boasts an almost complete skull with 58 dagger-sharp teeth up to 28 cm long.
Despite the impressive weight and size, at one time there were other monsters who were ready to challenge Stan. Its skeleton has teeth marks on the ribs, under the jaw and on the nape. Apparently, they were left to him by other tyrannosaurs. Once Stan even managed to break his neck - but survived. This is evidenced by two cervical vertebrae, which have grown together during healing.
Stan is currently on display at the Rockefeller Center in New York, where he will remain until October 21. On October 6, an auction will take place, at which they hope to sell it for $ 6-8 million. If the price is slightly above these marks, Stan may become the most expensive dinosaur ever sold at auction. Now the record belongs to the female tyrannosaurus Sue, who went under the hammer for 8.3 million in 1997.