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Christie’s NYC is set to auction off the most complete velociraptor skeleton know to exist, called “Hector”. This Deinonychus antirrhopus skeleton consists of 126 fossilized bones, with the remaining made from casts, all supported by a custom frame. It was discovered in Wolf Canyon, Montana and has been stored securely in a private collection since then.
We’re getting an up-close look at a rare velociraptor fossil set to be auctioned off. pic.twitter.com/nGFeFmQ5fd
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Velociraptors roamed freely approximately 50-million years before the reign of the dinosaurs ended in the age of Tyrannosaurus rex. The Deinonychus is among one of the most popular dinosaur species, but also one of the rarest fossils. It’s so rare that this is the only known Deinonychus in private hands, and for those with the monetary means, could be a buy of a lifetime at Christie’s NYC on May 12th. This discovery is right on par with this creature fossilized in amber.
- Features 2 posable dinosaur toy figures, a buildable HQ, a toy garage for the ATV car toy, an observation tower and a helicopter
- The HQ comes with with a detailed lab, the tower has a collapsing platform function, and the helicopter toy has spinning rotors and cargo space
- Kids can play out exciting duels with the dino toys and relive Jurassic World: Dominion movie action or create their own dinosaur adventures
Hector was excavated from Wolf Canyon, in Montana, Wyoming and has since been in private hands, only being exhibited once before in Copenhagen at the Natural History Museum of Denmark. To this handful of recorded specimens found over the decades, with only two skeletons all in museum collections, Hector can now be added as the single most complete individual of Deinonychus ever found,” said Christie’s.