Dinosaurs are in the news these days, but it’s not always for happy reasons.
While paleontologists are making groundbreaking discoveries, their work is often overshadowed by outrage that yet another fossil has been auctioned off to the highest bidder.
The most recent controversy involves a rare “baby” T. rex currently listed on eBay for more than $2.9 million, but similar auctions are common.
The same vendor also lists on its website an “authentic” triceratops skeleton for $890,000.
Such sales are a source of concern to scientists, who fear that the high prices paid by private collectors will put specimens out of their reach.
New theories about the history of life on Earth cannot be tested unless the scientific community has easy access to the material evidence.