Fossils of a dinosaur that inspired 'Jurassic Park' sold for over $12 million

Written by By Zoe Sottile, NCS

His title is “Hector,” he is over 100 million years previous, and his fossils sold for greater than $12 million in public sale at Christie’s.
Hector is probably the most full skeleton of Deinonychus antirrhopus ever discovered, according to Christie’s. The specimen, excavated in Montana in 2013, dates again to the early Cretaceous interval: 115 to 108 million years in the past. It’s in a “remarkable state of preservation,” the public sale home says of the specimen, consisting of 126 unique fossils on a custom-built body.

The lot was anticipated to web between $4 million and $6 million, in accordance with Christie’s.

Instead, it sold for a jaw-dropping $12.4 million on Wednesday.

The 9-foot-long Deinonychus, which roamed western North America, was named for its distinctive and lethal claw on every foot, says the public sale home. Deinonychus means “terrible claw” in historical Greek.

“Shaped like a sickle and held up off the ground when not in use so as to maintain its lethal sharpness, this claw was used to disembowel its prey,” stated Christie’s.

The deadly talon may be acquainted to followers of the long-lasting movie sequence “Jurassic Park,” wherein conniving velociraptors kill park friends and battle a Tyrannosaurus rex. However, in actuality, Velociraptor was a small turkey-sized dinosaur discovered principally in Mongolia. Filmmakers lifted its title, however took most of the attributes from the bigger Deinonychus, in accordance with Christie’s.
Hector, solely the third full skeleton of Deinonychus ever discovered, has been privately owned since his excavation. The different two full Deinonychus skeletons are owned by museums: one is on show on the American Museum of Natural History.
Dinosaur fossils, significantly for “celebrity” species like these featured in “Jurassic Park,” have fetched spectacular sums at public sale previously few many years. In 2020, a T.rex skeleton sold for a record-breaking $31.8 million, and in 2021, the world’s largest Triceratops skeleton sold for $7.7 million.

With information from