EBay Listing of Rare T-rex Fossil Angers Scientists

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EBay Listing of Rare T-rex Fossil Angers Scientists

Postby toucana on April 17th, 2019, 11:33 am 

I am rather curious to know what the correct indexing profile on eBay might be for listing a rare baby Tyrannosaurus rex fossil ?


Would you use ‘Art & Collectibles’, or ‘Home & Garden’ perhaps ? I’m guessing you probably wouldn’t use ‘Under $10’. Not at a Buy It Now asking price of $2.95 million.

eBay listing for infant T-rex

The fossil was discovered by professional fossil hunter Alan Dietrich near Jordan Montana USA. Scientists from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVB) fear it may now end up in a private collection, and they have criticised the University of Kansas, which had displayed the fossil until recently, for potentially increasing its commercial value and making it less likely to remain in the public trust.

The University of Kansas Natural History Museum removed the fossil from display as a result of the controversy. "The KU Natural History Museum does not sell or mediate the sale of specimens to private individuals," the museum said in a statement on April 9. "We have asked that the owner remove any association with us from his sale listing."

Professor Leonard Krishtalka, director of the museum, told the SVP that it had only displayed the fossil on the understanding that Detrich would sell it to a museum where it would be kept in the public trust.

At the time of writing there were more than 600 people watching the eBay listing.
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