Dinosaur skeleton that inspired Jurassic Park’s “raptor” sold for $ 12.4 MILLION

The skeleton of a fearsome dinosaur depicted in a terrifying scene in Jurassic Park was auctioned for $ 12.4 million.

With a height of 4 feet and a length of 10 feet, the 110-million-year-old skeleton belongs to the apex predator Deinonychus antirrhopus.

Deinonychus became one of the most recognizable dinosaurs in the world following the release of the 1993 blockbuster “Jurassic Park”, in which he chased children through a kitchen.

But the creature’s real name was not considered dramatic enough by the writer of the book, on which the film was based.

Instead, author Michael Crichton chose to call it a velociraptor that was actually much smaller.

Auctioneers Christie’s sold “Hector”, the world’s only privately owned Deinonychus fossil, at a prestigious auction in New York.

4 feet tall and 10 feet long, the 110-million-year-old skeleton belongs to the apex predator Deinonychus antirrhopus

4 feet tall and 10 feet long, the 110-million-year-old skeleton belongs to the apex predator Deinonychus antirrhopus

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Deinonychus – which means “terrible claw” – was unearthed in Wolf Canyon, Montana, USA between 2012 and 2014, where it had remained almost perfectly preserved for about 110 million years since the beginning of the Cretaceous period.

Deinonychus became one of the most recognizable dinosaurs in the world following the release of the 1993 blockbuster

Deinonychus became one of the most recognizable dinosaurs in the world following the release of the 1993 blockbuster “Jurassic Park”, in which he chased children through a kitchen.

Made up of 126 fossilized bones, Hector is the largest and most complete specimen of its kind ever discovered, although part of its skeleton and most of its skull are reconstructed, the auction house said.

It sparked a fierce bidding war and dwarfed the valuer’s expectations, selling for $ 12.4 million (£ 10.2 million), more than double the auction house’s estimated high of $ 6 million.

The exceptionally rare artifact has attracted the attention of collectors around the world, as the vast majority of dinosaur fossils belong to museums.

However, the trend of high-priced fossil sales has bothered some paleontologists, who fear that specimens could be lost to science if they are bought by individuals rather than public institutions.

Already in 2020, a 40 foot T-Rex skeleton known as “Stan” broke the world record for a dinosaur four times, selling it for $ 31 million at Christie’s.

Made up of 126 fossilized bones, Hector is the largest and most complete of its kind ever discovered.

Made up of 126 fossilized bones, Hector is the largest and most complete of its kind ever discovered.

The skeleton was found by commercial paleontologist Jared Hudson and acquired by an anonymous buyer.

ABOUT THE RAPTORS

Vectiraptor belonged to a group of dinosaurs known as both dromaeosaurs and raptors.

These birds like dinosaurs were specialized hunters and, just like their modern counterparts, were covered in feathers.

They sported huge sickle-shaped claws on their feet that were likely used for cutting their prey, along with serrated blade-like teeth ideal for ripping through flesh.

Famous raptor species include Velociraptor – found in Mongolia – and, from the United States, Deinonychus and giant Utahraptor.

Deinonychus – which means “terrible claw” – was unearthed in Wolf Canyon, Montana, USA between 2012 and 2014, where it had remained almost perfectly preserved for about 110 million years since the beginning of the Cretaceous period.

It was found by commercial paleontologist Jared Hudson and acquired by an anonymous buyer.

Hector has only been exhibited once in an advertisement at the Natural History Museum of Denmark in Copenhagen.

James Hyslop, Christie’s specialist, said: “It was an absolute privilege to showcase a rare dinosaur species, especially one that is revered both globally and culturally.

“This iconic predator remains truly thrilling to a worldwide audience and is one of the most famous dinosaurs.

“With a handful of recorded specimens found and only two skeletons in the museum collections, the Raptor is the most complete known Deinonychus and the only privately owned specimen.”

The agile and fast Deinonychus traveled the earth between 115 and 108 million years ago, 50 million years before the T-rex.

The dinosaur belonged to a group of species called therapods, carnivorous creatures that walked on their hind legs.

The agile and fast Deinonychus traveled the earth between 115 and 108 million years ago, 50 million years before the T-rex.

The agile and fast Deinonychus traveled the earth between 115 and 108 million years ago, 50 million years before the T-rex.

They hunted in packs and used their huge hooked claws to tear down and gut their prey with a powerful kick.

The discovery of Deinonychus in 1964 triggered a shift in the scientific understanding of dinosaurs which were previously believed to be cold-blooded, lizard-like creatures.

Instead, it is now thought that they were warm-blooded animals linked to the early evolution of birds.

HOW THE DINOSAURS EXCLUDED ABOUT 66 MILLION YEARS AGO

Dinosaurs ruled and ruled the Earth some 66 million years ago, before they suddenly went extinct.

The Cretaceous-Tertiary Extinction Event is the name given to this mass extinction.

For many years it was believed that climate change was destroying the food chain of huge reptiles.

In the 1980s, paleontologists discovered a layer of iridium.

This is a rare element on Earth but is found in large quantities in space.

When this was dated, it coincided precisely with when the dinosaurs disappeared from the fossil record.

A decade later, scientists discovered the huge Chicxulub crater at the tip of Mexico’s Yucatán peninsula, which dates back to the period in question.

The scientific consensus now states that these two factors are linked and both were likely caused by a huge asteroid that crashed into Earth.

With the expected size and speed of impact, the collision would have caused a huge shock wave and likely triggered seismic activity.

The fallout would have created ash plumes that likely covered the entire planet and made it impossible for the dinosaurs to survive.

Other animals and plant species had a shorter time interval between generations which allowed them to survive.

There are many other theories as to what caused the famous animals to disappear.

One early theory was that small mammals ate dinosaur eggs and another proposed that toxic angiosperms (flowering plants) killed them.