A full skeleton of a Gorgosaurus, a close relative to the tyrannosaurus rex, could sell for as much as $8 million when it hits the auction block this month.
The well-preserved Gorgosaurus specimen is approximately 10 feet tall and 22 feet long, and resembles a smaller-scale version of its rex relative, who it predated by about 10 million years.
One of only a few Gorgosaurus skeletons to ever be found in the U.S., and most of them have been found in Canada, is going to be sold at auction.
The Gorgosaurus is the only one of its kind that is available for purchase by a private collector.
The skeleton will be on display at the York Avenue galleries for a week before it goes to auction.
The name of the Gorgosaurus was translated as "fierce" or "terrifying" lizards. The western part of North America was home to the dinosaurs. The average adult male Gorgosaurus could weigh up to 4,000 pounds, and paleontologists think they were even faster and more smilng than the tyrannosaurus rex. The researchers think the Gorgosaurus had a stronger bite than any other animal.
Over the past few years, dinosaur skeletons have commanded millions of dollars at auction. The most expensive dinosaur bones have ever been sold at auction. The skeleton of a deinonychus, the dinosaur that inspired the velociraptors, sold at Christie's for over $12 million. Despite their popularity at auctions, selling dinosaur skeletons on the private market is controversial and dinosaur experts condemn the practice, saying it fuels stealing and loot of bones and prevents researchers from being able to study the specimen.
A rare dinosaur skeleton that was inspired by the Velociraptor sold for over $12 million.
T.Rex Skeleton sold for over $30 million at a Christie's auction.