A gorgosaurus dinosaur skeleton has been sold for a record $US6.1 million ($8.7 million) at a New York auction.
- The gorgosaurus was slightly smaller than its famous relative the tyrannosaurus rex
- Paleontologists say it was fiercer and faster than T-rex, with a stronger bite
- It is the first full dinosaur skeleton to be sold by Sotheby’s since it sold a T-rex in 1997 for $US8.36 million
The 3-metre-tall and 6.7-metre-long dinosaur roamed Earth about 77 million years ago.
“The result places the gorgosaurus among the most valuable dinosaurs ever sold at auction, and establishes a new benchmark for a gorgosaurus skeleton,” collectibles broker Sotheby’s said.
The gorgosaurus was slightly smaller than its famous relative the tyrannosaurus rex, with a typical adult weighing about 2 tonnes.
Paleontologists say it was fiercer and faster than the tyrannosaurus rex, with a stronger bite of about 42,000 newtons compared to 35,000.
The skeleton on auction was discovered in the Judith River Formation near Havre, in the US state of Montana in 2018.
It was the first time Sotheby’s had auctioned a full dinosaur skeleton since it sold Sue the T-rex in 1997 for $US8.36 million ($12 million), which is the largest, most extensive, and best preserved of its species.
“Today’s gorgosaurus came to auction without a name, providing the buyer the exclusive opportunity to name the dinosaur,” Sotheby’s said.
The buyer has not been revealed.
The skeleton could end up overseas because unlike other countries the United States does not restrict the sale or export of fossils.