Can you believe there is an Allosaurus skeleton for sale? The bones of a juvenile Allosaurus dinosaur are being put for auction, although the likely cost of the Allosaurus skeleton is likely to take a T-Rex bite out of your wallet.
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The mighty Allosaurus is hardly a chicken. Having lived 155.7 million to 150.8 million years ago during the late Jurassic Period, the Allosaurus is a large theropod, or bipedal, carnivorous dinosaur similar to the Tyrannosaurus Rex. As a comparison, Live Science says it is believed the Allosaurus grew to be up to 39- to 43-feet long and 16 feet in height. So, while the T-Rex may be more famous, you would still run from this 3,300-pound monster if it came stomping your way.
Now, the Allosaurus skeleton auction gives anyone a chance to have the mighty dinosaur stomp its way into their living room. The Allosaurus skeleton was discovered in 2009 by renowned palaeontologist Raimund Albersdoerfer in a quarry in Wyoming.
Rupert van der Werff, director at Summer Place Auctions, said that they are happy to offer the rare Allosaurus skeleton to their global customers, and he believes someone might snap it up as a unique decoration for their home.
“We are pleased to be offering this skeleton to our global customers, and expect a lot of European and Asian interest in this,” Werff said in a statement. “The Allosaurus, together with the T-Rex, has become the quintessentially large, carnivorous dinosaur in western popular culture. Given the size of this Allosaurus it also adds the cute factor and it may not just attract interest from museums, but could also be the wow factor in luxurious living room.”
Although it is certain how many different Allosaurus species exist, it is believed there are at least different species lumped into the same category. The name Allosaurus is derived from the Greek word allos, which means “different,” and sauros, which means”lizard.” When the first Allosaurus skeleton was dug up in 1877, it was given this name because its vertebrae were so different from the other known dinosaur species at the time.
Based upon prior auctions, the Allosaurus skeleton is expected to sale for more than £500,000, which is about $771,000.
[Image via Summer Place Auctions]