A private bidder this week laid down a whopping $6 million for a dinosaur skeleton in a move that some scientists are criticizing for the loss of public research the purchase represents.
The buyer of the skeleton is unknown. The specimen comes from Montana and is estimated to be around 77 million years old.
Some scientists, meanwhile, expressed strong opprobrium at the monumental skeleton falling into private hands.
“I’m totally disgusted, distressed and disappointed because of the far-reaching damage the loss of these specimens will have for science,” Carthage College paleontologist Thomas Carr told the New York Times.
The bidder also won the right to name the skeleton. Fossils are often given names by researchers and buyers; two of the most famous T. rex fossils, for instance, are named “Sue” and “Stan.”