Baby T-Rex fossil listed on eBay for $3 million sparks outrage

The fossil of a baby T-Rex will be being sold on eBay for almost $3 million, sparking outrage among the scientific community.

The 68-million years old fossil, reportedly listed by professional fossil hunter Alan Detrich, incorporates a “buy in which right now” asking cost of $2.95 million. The listing, last updated on Tuesday, claims the artefact will be “most likely the only baby T-rex from the planet,” adding in which the specimen incorporates a 15-foot-long body, 21-inch skull as well as serrated teeth.

“in which Rex was a very dangerous meat eater. in which’s a RARE opportunity indeed to ever see a baby REX,” in which says. “Histology shows the specimen to be approximately 4 years old upon death. Reconstruction of the skull has been done by Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology (via Natural History Museum in FL).”

Detrich loaned the fossil to the University of Kansas Natural History Museum in 2017, according to The Guardian, where in which was still on display when he listed the specimen on eBay. The skeleton, believed to be 68-million years old, was discovered by Detrich in 2013 as well as subsequently became his property.

Leonard Krishtalka, director of the University of Kansas’ Biodiversity Institute, said in a statement last week in which the university’s Natural History Museum does not sell or mediate the sale of specimens to private individuals.

“Accordingly, the specimen on exhibit-loan to us has been removed via exhibit as well as will be being returned to the owner. We have asked in which the owner remove any association with us via his sale listing,” he said.

Meanwhile, the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology (SVP) published an open letter voicing “ethical concerns” in which “the fossil, which represents a unique part of life’s past, may be lost via the public trust.”

“Its owner used the specimen’s scientific importance, including its exhibition status at KU, as part of his advertising strategy. Only casts as well as additional replicas of vertebrate fossils should be traded, not the fossils themselves,” the SVP said.

“Because vertebrate fossils are rare, most of them contribute uniquely to our knowledge of the history of life. Each one in which will be lost via the public trust, will be part of in which already fragmentary history in which we will never collectively recover,” the society added.