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Why a 110-million-year-old raptor skeleton should never have been sold at auction for over US$12M

By Jessica M. Theodor, Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Calgary
Margaret E. Lewis, Professor, Natural Sciences, Stockton University
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In mid-May, Christie’s auction house in New York sold a raptor skeleton (Deinonychus) for US$12.4 million. This represents a failure to protect and share our natural history with everyone.

We are paleontologists and represent the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, a group of 2,000 scientists, students and museum professionals around the world. We are promoting awareness of the problems that high-profile auctions…The Conversation


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