A diplodocus and an allosaurus walk into a pub. The diplodocus
says, “I wonder what there is to eat around here.” The allosaurus asks,
“Besides you?” If you got that joke, you might be a big enough dinosaur
enthusiast that you need to have your very own, full-size dino fossil in your
home. Unfortunately, at least for now, you have missed your chance.
Two full-sized, reconstructed dinosaur skeletons went on sale last
week at Binoche et Giquello auction house in Paris, and both sold for top
dollar. The deueling dinos were the stars of a monster sale that also included
a pair of Philippine monkey mummies, a full-sized taxidermical Nile crocodile,
and a 58-centimetre long skeleton of a venomous American snake. The roughly
150-million-year-old skeleton of an allosaurus – a carnivorous beast from the
late Jurassic period, and star of the upcoming Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom movie – fetched €1,150,000. Its
cousin, a similarly-aged skeleton of herbivorous Diplodocus, edged out the meat
eater, bringing in €1,180,000.
Clearly, dinosaurs have something to say to our generation – but
unless you have millions of euros to spend, it is unlikely you will get your
chance to listen to their wisdom every night in the comfort of your own home – that
is unless of course you happen to have a good eye for giant lizard tracks and
are lucky with a shovel.