Jurassic Park dinosaur skeleton sold for $12.4 million

According to data published by Christie’s, this is the most complete Deinonychus skeleton ever found. It was found in 2013 and belongs to the early Cretaceous period: from 115 to 108 million years ago. The Hector is made up of 126 bones and comes with a specially made frame. The minimum cost of the lot was $4-6 million.

This is the third Deinonychus skeleton found and the only one now in a private collection. Two more are exhibited in museums.

This type of dinosaur became the prototype for the Velociraptors from Jurassic Park. Velociraptors themselves had a maximum size of one and a half meters and lived on the territory of modern Mongolia. At the same time, the author of the novel, on which the film was based, decided to rename Deinonychus, because the original name of the species seemed to him not dramatic enough.

Deinonychus is translated from ancient Greek as “terrible claw”. These dinosaurs have sickle-shaped, sharp claws that they used to disembowel their prey.

Fossils of famous dinosaur species have been sold at auctions for large sums in recent years. In 2020 at Christie’s auction for $31.8 million sold the skeleton of a tyrannosaurus rex, which is also known from Jurassic Park. And in 2021, the world’s largest triceratops skeleton was sold for $7.7 million

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