Stegosaurus Skeleton Could Sell For $6 Million At New York Auction

Stegosaurus Skeleton Could Sell For $6 Million At New York Auction
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The largest stegosaurus skeleton ever found is expected to fetch millions of dollars at auction in New York next week, a development likely to stir objections from paleontologists.

The fossil, estimated to be approximately 150 million years old, was put on display at Sotheby’s on Wednesday and will be exhibited there until its sale on July 17.

Named Apex, the giant skeleton—11 feet (3.3 meters) tall and nearly 27 feet long—is billed as “the most complete and best-preserved” stegosaurus specimen of its size, featuring 254 fossil bone elements of an approximate total of 319.

Such sales have become more frequent in recent years, drawing criticism from paleontologists who argue that these finds should be preserved in museums or other public spaces rather than sold to private bidders.

“It’s a very, very rare animal, and to find one of this size and this completeness is phenomenal,” Cassandra Hatton, head of science and popular culture at Sotheby’s, told AFP.

The auction house estimates Apex’s value at $4-6 million, although this is still less than Stan, the world’s most complete tyrannosaurus rex skeleton, which sold in 2020 for a record $31.8 million.

Apex was discovered in May 2022 on the private land of paleontologist Jason Cooper in Colorado. Sotheby’s says it has collaborated with Cooper to “document the entire process, from discovery and excavation to restoration, preparation, and mounting,” ensuring the “highest standards and transparency.”

Stegosaurus skeletons are already on display around the world, but according to Sotheby’s, Apex is 30 percent larger than Sophie, the most complete stegosaurus on public display to date, which is housed in the Natural History Museum in London.

“When you have a scientifically important specimen, the museums usually show up and find donors to bid on their behalf or they bid themselves,” Hatton noted. She emphasized that many involved in such sales often donate or loan specimens to museums, recognizing their significance. Sotheby’s also highlighted that Cooper has previously donated fossils to museums worldwide.


MVMT’s World Of Dance Berlin Winning Piece

MVMT's World Of Dance Berlin Winning Piece
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The official video of The MVMT’s winning piece at World of Dance Berlin has been released – and it shows exactly why the group rose to the top of the competition.

Dancing to alt-J’s ‘Tessellate’, the routine was created by local movement artist and dancer Cheryl Lofreda.

This was not the first time the crew placed 1st in World of Dance, having already bagged 1st and 3rd place at World of Dance Switzerland in 2019.

Their return to the competition after a brief hiatus showed that they still have a special place amongst the pantheon of Europe’s best dance crews.


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Anthony Delia To Kayak From Malta To Sicily For Charity

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Tomorrow morning Anthony Delia will begin his robust and challenging journey, attempting to kayak an insane approximate 94km from Sicily to Malta.

He will begin his journey from Marina di Ragusa, Sicily and will end it closer to home at St. Paul’s Bay in Malta. This challenge is all being done to raise funds for charity.

Delia is estimating that the journey will take him around 18-19 hours to complete permitting the weather is nice towards him.

Anthony will leave Sicily at around 1 am on Friday morning and is expected to arrive in Malta between 8-10 pm.

He is also encouraging other rowers and kayakers to join him on the final leg of his journey.

Delia has only been kayaking for a few years now and last year, he and a friend kayaked around Malta to raise funds for the SiGMA Foundation, aiming to help build a school in Ethiopia and provide medical treatment for patients in Colombia.



Nigel Holland Becomes Floriana Mayor: James Aaron Ellul Deputy Mayor

Nigel Holland Becomes Floriana Mayor: James Aaron Ellul Deputy Mayor
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A decision has been reached on who is set to take the role of mayor in Floriana – and that is independent candidate Nigel Holland.

Meanwhile, Nationalist candidate James Aaron Ellul will be taking the role of deputy mayor after a deadlock left the locality without a mayor following the Local Councils elections.

After the  most recent elections in Floriana, there was a division in the results, 43.64% of the vote went to Labour, 31.01% went to the Nationalist Party, and a significant 16.67% went to independent candidate Nigel Holland.

PL’s Sandra Sammut Hili led her party with 274 first count votes, whereas Aaron James Ellul led with 296. The PN earned 31% of the overall locality vote, with the PL obtaining 43.6% of the vote.

It is worth noting that the new vice mayor garnered 4 votes in favour and 1 vote against which means one of the Labour Councillors voted in favour of a Nationalist Party councillor. On the other hand, the vote for the Mayor got 3 votes in favour and 2 votes against.