Mammoth skeleton sold at auction

Paris auction sees 87 items go under the hammer, including two other skeletons.

    The "mammuthus primigenius" dated back to the Quaternary, or later Pleistocene period [AFP]

    Rare species

     

    Christie's auctioned 87 rare objects, including the three skeletons - the third that of a cave bear - owned by a private collector, as well as a collection of trilobites, or fossils of arthropods, dating from 400 million years ago.

     

    Among them was the fossil of an angel fish dating back 50 million years, one of only five known examples of the species in the world.

     

    A rare bezoar, a pearl that forms in the stomach of certain herbivores, also went under the hammer.

     

    Scientists expressed concern about fossils being put up for auction.

    Philippe Janvier, a paleontologist from France's Natural Science Museum, said: "while many fossils are of little interest ... major pieces which could help science progress can always turn up in such sales".

    SOURCE: Agencies


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