For the tuhao who has it all except a ginormous, 600kg fossilized dinosaur skull…you’re in luck. This 65-million-year-old Triceratops skull can now be yours for a cool 1.8 million USD.
The fossil, dubbed The Dragon King (Long Wong), is over 95 percent complete bone, measures 2.8 meters long, 1.6 meters high and 1.4 meters wide, making it the most complete skull of its kind. It belonged to a male Triceratops that lived in the late Cretaceous period, approximately 65 million years ago.
The fossil is now “uniquely available for private sale in Hong Kong,” according to a website by the sellers, who were described merely as “private owners who have long connections with the region.
The skull was found at a rancher’s property in Montana in 1992 but wasn’t excavated by a team of fossil hunters until 2003.
A fossil of this scale is rarely available for private sale, and never has gone for sale in Asia. While the skull is legally owned and documented and has been brought to Hong Kong in compliance with regulations, local experts don’t believe it should be sold and locked up in the private collection of some Hong Kong socialite.
“Commercially sold fossils kept in private collections cannot be studied by paleontologists because they can only publish research on fossils stored in museums or similar institutions,” said Dr. Michael Pittman, a research assistant professor at the University of Hong Kong.