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You can buy one of the world’s biggest T. rex skeletons for $8 million

You can bring Jurassic Park to your home if you have $8 million sitting around.

Stan, one of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossil discovered, is on display, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Christie’s in New York.
Stan, one of the largest and most complete Tyrannosaurus rex fossils discovered, is on display, Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2020, at Christie’s in New York.
Mary Altaffer, Associated Press

Anyone interested in bringing Jurassic Park to their home can do it now (sort of) as the most expensive Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton is available for purchase.

What’s going on?

STAN the T. rex — a real-world skeleton of the dinosaur that walked on Earth about 67 million years ago — can be bought for somewhere between $6 million and $8 million at an upcoming auction in New York, CNN reports.

  • STAN has been living at the Black Hills Institute in South Dakota.
  • The fossils have been used by researchers to write papers and studies on the dinosaur species, too.

“I’ll never forget the moment I came face to face with him for the first time. He looked even larger and more ferocious than I’d imagined.” — James Hyslop, head of the auction house’s scientific instruments, globes and natural history department, said to The New York Times.

By the numbers:

  • 13: The heigh of the dinosaur
  • 40: The length of the dinosaur.
  • 188: The amount of bones.
  • 1987: The year researchers found the dinosaur in Hell Creek Formation, which is around Montana, North and South Dakota and Wyoming.
  • 30,000: The hours of manual labor to restore the skeleton.

A history of T. rex sales