First Gorgosaurus to hit auction block may sell for $8 million

The first specimen of the meat-eating dinosaur Gorgosaurus to ever hit the auction block will go before bidders in New York City on July 28, according to Sotheby’s auction house.

Gorgosaurusan apex predator, lived from 80 million to 73 million years ago, millions of years before its most famous relative, the formidable tyrannosaurus rex, existed; it stalked its prey in parts of what is now the western United States and Canada, according to the Natural History Museum (NHM) in London (opens in new tab). The beast’s skeleton, measuring nearly 10 feet (3 meters) tall and 22 feet (6.7 m) long, or about the length of three king-size mattresses lined up head to foot, is expected to sell for at least $5 million and perhaps as much as $8 million, Sotheby’s reported.

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