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T. rex fossil found in Montana being sold on eBay, angering scientists

Posted at 11:27 AM, Apr 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-20 13:27:49-04

Scientists are not happy that a rare baby T. rex fossil found in Montana is for sale on eBay.

The listing, from a fossil hunter named Alan Detrich, says the relic may be the only one of its kind in the world.

Detrich found the fossil here in Montana, adding that it has a 15-foot-long body and a 21-inch skull.

The listing has a “buy it now” price of nearly $3 million.

It does not appear to have any bids.

Some scientists and other critics are calling the listing a disgrace, arguing the fossil should remain in the public trust so it can continue to be studied.

The University of Kansas Natural History Museum had the fossil on display but removed it due to the controversy, saying it does not sell fossils to anyone.

The museum also alleges that it believed Detrich planned to sell the fossil to a museum, not a private collector.

Detrich hasn’t responded to media request for comment.