Despite anger from scientists, a fossil hunter is listing what he’s calling possibly the only skeletal remains of a baby T. rex in the world for $2.95 million or best offer.
The skeleton, found on private land in Montana in 2013 by Alan Detrich, was on display at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum until Dietrich made the surprise decision to put it up for sale, according to the Guardian.
The ad reads: "Most Likely the Only BABY T-Rex in the World! It has a 15-foot-long body and a 21" skull with serrated teeth! This rex was very a very dangerous meat eater. It's a RARE opportunity indeed to ever see a baby REX, if they did not grow quickly they could not catch prey and would die. Histology shows the specimen to be approximately 4 years old upon death."
Researchers are so upset over the listing because analysis of the fossil could help determine if the remains are in fact a baby T. rex or whether the animal was actually a smaller North American T. rex or Nanotyrannus, the Guardian reported.
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If the skeleton is sold to a private collector, scientists may never have the opportunity to determine the true classification of the animal.
So far, no one has purchased the T. rex, but more than 2,800 people are watching it.