‘Sabre-toothed Tiger’ Skeleton Up For Auction

A nearly 40-million-year-old skeleton belonging to what is popularly called a sabre-toothed tiger is going under the hammer next week in Geneva, a year after its discovery on a US ranch.

The skeleton, some 120 centimetres (nearly four feet) long, is expected to fetch between 60,000 and 80,000 Swiss francs ($66,560 to $88,750; 55,300 to 73,750 euros) at auction on December 8 in the Swiss city.

“This fossil is exceptional, above all for its conservation: it’s 37 million years old, and it’s 90-percent complete,” Bernard Piguet, director of the Piguet auction house, told AFP on Tuesday.

A South Dakota rancher last year discovered this rare 37-million-year-old skeleton belonging to what is popularly known as a sabre-toothed tiger. It was found virtually intact and is expected to sell for tens of thousands of dollars A South Dakota rancher last year discovered this rare 37-million-year-old skeleton belonging to what is popularly known as a sabre-toothed tiger. It was found virtually intact and is expected to sell for tens of thousands of dollars Photo: AFP / Fabrice COFFRINI

“The few missing bones were remade with a 3D printer,” he added,

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Paleontologists describe skeleton of a juvenile Plateosaurus for the first time — ScienceDaily

Long neck, small head and a live weight of several tons — with this description you could have tracked down the Plateosaurus in Central Europe about 220 million years ago. Paleontologists at the University of Bonn (Germany) have now described for the first time an almost complete skeleton of a juvenile Plateosaurus and discovered that it looked very similar to its parents even at a young age. The fact that Plateosaurus showed a largely fully developed morphology at an early age could have important implications for how the young animals lived and moved around. The young Plateosaurus, nicknamed “Fabian,” was discovered in 2015 at the Frick fossil site in Switzerland and is exhibited in the local dinosaur museum.

The study was published in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica.

In order to study the appearance of dinosaurs more closely, researchers today rely on a large number of skeletons in so-called

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Rare baby dinosaur skeleton shows it looked remarkably like its parents

This baby Plateosaurus fossil is named “Fabian” and appears in in the Sauriermuseum Frick in Switzerland. The larger bone above it is a thigh bone from a more grown-up Plateosaur.


Sauriermuseum Frick, Switzerland

Human babies look pretty different from human adults. The same can’t be said for the Plateosaurus, a large long-necked dinosaur that once dwelled in Europe. An exceptional fossil of a baby Plateosaurus is helping scientists better understand the life and times of these long-extinct animals.

The baby dino, which weighed up to 130 pounds (60 kilograms) and stretched 7.5 feet (2.3 meters) long, was uncovered in 2015 in Switzerland. Paleontologists at the University of Bonn in Germany published a study of the dinosaur, nicknamed “Fabian,” in the journal Acta Palaeontologica Polonica this week. 

An adult Plateosaurus could weigh in at over 4

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