Scientists Freak Out As Fossil Hunter Sells Baby T-Rex On eBay


In the world of science, researchers are usually extremely open regarding their work. A lot of them publish papers which are available to anyone who is interested in reading them and scientists like to show off their discoveries.

Let’s take paleontologists in particular. These experts love to show what they’ve discovered, lending fossils of ancient creatures to museums and institutions. In such locations, they can be studied further and enjoyed by the general public.

Recently, fossil hunter Alan Detrich went against this trend and did something that is pretty unethical.

A man decides to sell T-rex tiny fossils on eBay

He broke these unspoken rules and decided to go on and list a tiny T-rex fossil that he had discovered on eBay.

And things don’t stop here because he did this while the fossils were still on display at the University of Kansas Natural History Museum.

But his decision to sell these bones has triggered a backlash from researchers all over the world, and his $2.95 million price is getting slammed with tons of criticism.

The Guardian reported that a lot of people in the paleontology field have a massive issue with Detrich’s decision to sell the fossils. It’s also important that he says the fossils are from “most likely the only baby t-rex in the world.”

Their problem is not so much the fact that dino bones should not be sold, but rather the fact that these particular fossils are significant and they should be studied further.

On the other hand, the man is the rightful owner of the fossils because he had discovered them on private land in Montana.

They’re basically his property, and he’s, therefore, welcome to sell them or do whatever he wants with them.

But this didn’t stop a huge controversy from being created around the event.

Yahoo News writes “there’s been a heated debate raging in paleontology circles for some time over the existence of pint-sized T-rex fossils and whether some other specimens come from juvenile T-rex or from a separate but related species called Nanotyrannus.”

If a private buyer gets the fossils, this will make more research impossible to take place, and it’s incredibly frustrating to researchers.


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