From: Reuters
Published April 14, 2008 12:03 PM

Triceratops skeleton to be auctioned in Paris

PARIS (Reuters) - The skeleton of a Triceratops dinosaur that roamed the earth some 65 million years ago goes under the hammer in Paris on Wednesday as part of a collection of prehistoric bones and fossils, auctioneers Christie's said.

The 7.5 meter-long skeleton is the first specimen of similar quality to be sold at auction since a Tyrannosaurus Rex nicknamed Sue was sold in New York more than a decade ago in 1997, Christie's said.

It said the skeleton, with an estimated value of 500,000 euros ($790,800), had no name so far but the purchaser would be able to give it one.

The three-horned Triceratops, a herbivorous giant with a huge head thought to be one of the last dinosaurs to evolve before the creatures became extinct, lived in what is now North America, feeding mainly on low growing vegetation.

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The skeleton is part of a collection of prehistoric remains including a dinosaur egg, a saber-toothed tiger skull or the tooth of a giant prehistoric shark.

(Reporting by James Mackenzie; Editing by Matthew Jones)

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