The world’s largest Triceratops skeleton has been made possible for auction. If you have a tremendous room and a considerable amount of money to finance the purchase, get ready for the auction listing to be held in October.
The skeleton is called Big John. The skulls of Triceratops are the largest of any known land animal on earth, and Big John’s is the largest of his kind – it’s 2.62 m (8.6 ft) long and 2 m (6.6 ft) wide. His horns are each 1.1 m (3.6 ft) long, and 30 cm (11.8 in) wide at the base. This enables them to stand 16 tons of pressure.
The skeleton was unearthed in May 2014 in the Hell Creek Formation, which is the area popular for finding fossil fuels in the United States. He died about 66 million years ago in a floodplain. This suggests that his body was buried in the mud at once and was preserved for the years to come.
The bones were shipped to the Zoic workshop in Trieste, Italy to be restored. Thousands of hours were used on extracting, cleaning, and cataloging. The specimen is now 60 percent complete, with the skull being 75 percent complete.
On October 21, the skeleton will be the centerpiece of the fifth part of the Naturalia auction, which is being organized by Binoche and Giquello house in Paris. It is expected that the skeleton will be sold between the range of €1.2 million and €1.5 million (US$1.4 million and $1.77 million). You can check out the auction at Drouot. Check out the video below.