An unusually well-preserved dinosaur skeleton, a Camptosaurus known as ‘Barry’ dating from the period Jurassic late, about 150 million years ago, will be auctioned in Paris next month.
The dinosaur, first discovered in the 90s in the US state of Wyomingwas initially restored in 2000 by paleontologist Barry Jamesfrom whom it owes its name.
The Italian laboratory Zoicwhich Barry acquired last year, has carried out further restoration work on the skeleton, which measures 2.10 meters (6.9 feet) high and 5 meters (16.4 feet) long.
“It is an extremely well-preserved specimen, which is quite rare,” he said. Alexandre Giquellofrom the Parisian auction house Hotel Drouotwhere the sale will take place.
“To take the example of its skull, the skull is 90% complete and the rest of the dinosaur (skeleton) is 80% complete,” he said.