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Christie’s pulls T. rex Shen from auction following questions about skeleton: report

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British auction house Christie’s announced over the weekend that it was withdrawing the Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton Shen from auction in Hong Kong.

Billed as a “historic moment”, Shen’s sale would have been the first time a T-Rex skeleton had been auctioned in Asia.

However, according to the New York Times, after discussions with the dinosaur shipper, Christie’s decided to withdraw the lot.

“The consignor has decided to loan the specimen to the museum for display,” Christie’s spokesman Edward Lewin told the paper, expecting the deal to fetch between $15 million and $25 million. The company said it believes Shen, which has been under investigation, “could benefit from further research.” .”

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A visitor looks at the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Shen at the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall in Singapore Oct. 28, 2022.
(Later Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)

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Fox News did not respond to multiple requests for comment from Christie’s. But the Times reported that questions about the fossil had been raised in recent weeks.

After being contacted by the Black Hills Geological Institute about the similarities between Shen and Stan, another T-Rex that sold for a record $31.8 million in 2020, online auction materials show that the specimen includes Stan’s cast. There was concern that it was not made clear that Added to addendum.

A visitor looks at the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex named Shen at the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall in Singapore Oct. 28, 2022.

A visitor looks at the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Shen at the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall in Singapore Oct. 28, 2022.
(Later Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)

“The replica bones (called stun elements) added to the original bones were created and purchased by the Black Hills Geological Laboratory,” it said.

The Black Hills Institute holds intellectual property rights to the specimen, and the company’s president, Peter Larson, told The Times that using Stan to sell Shen was “extremely misleading.” Christie’s said it did “the right thing” by withdrawing Shen. .

He told CNN on Tuesday that most of Shen is actually Stan.

A visitor looks at the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Shen at the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall in Singapore Oct. 28, 2022.

A visitor looks at the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Shen at the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall in Singapore Oct. 28, 2022.
(Later Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)

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Excavated from the Hell Creek Formation in Montana, Shen was described as 43 feet long, 16 feet high, and weighing 1,400 kilograms.

According to Christie’s website, Shen must have lived during the Cretaceous period, about 66-68 million years ago.

The T-Rex has “scientifically accurate poses”, is described as “museum standard” and has “54% bone density”.

A visitor looks at the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Shen at the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall in Singapore Oct. 28, 2022.

A visitor looks at the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus Rex named Shen at the Victoria Theater and Concert Hall in Singapore Oct. 28, 2022.
(Later Chih Wey/Xinhua via Getty Images)

According to The Times, none of Shen’s teeth are original, and Shen appears to have about 79 original bones.

However, Stan has 190 original bones, and a fossil expert, listed as a researcher on the Christie’s website, admits that about three-quarters of the original bones in the specimen are casts of Stan. It seems that

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David Burnham of the University of Kansas told the publication that the density figures were determined by “calculating the area of ​​each individual bone represented using measurement software.”

“There are no extant T-Rex skeletons that consist entirely of original bones, and we believe Shen’s original elements are genuine,” Christie’s told CNN on Tuesday.

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