This is the only Deinonychus skeleton that will be privately owned.
The skeleton of the dinosaur Deinonychus, nicknamed Hector, was sold on Thursday at auction at Christie’s auction house in the United States for $ 12.4 million. According to the Christie’s website, Hector’s remains have been preserved better than the remains of other dinosaurs of this species.
It is noted that this is the only Deinonychus skeleton that will be privately owned.
The name Deinonychus was given to the dinosaur because of its large claws by paleontologist John Ostrom in 1969. It is known about Deinonychus that they lived in what is now North America about 115-108 million years ago. They were predators, and their ability to stand on two legs made them more agile while hunting. Currently, it is believed that Deinonychus is closer to the class of birds than to reptiles.
Hector’s skeleton was recovered in 2012-2014 in the US state of Montana. According to Christie’s website, its height is more than three meters.