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December 05, 2006

Fossilized Raptor Nest & Eggs Sell For $420,000

Because it's a raptor nest. Raptors are the hot dinsoaurs.

You know what an ankylosaurus nest sells for? Buck-thirty. I've got nine of them in my hope chest. I tried donating them to a museum, and the curator/paleontologist told me, in all seriousness, "Ankylosauruses are for fags."

That stung.

65m-year-old nest of dinosaur eggs has sold to an unnamed buyer at auction in Los Angeles for $420,000 (212,000).

The nest contains 22 broken eggs, 19 of which are in embryonic form, with some of the tiny raptors clearly visible.

The nest was discovered in Guangdong, southern China, in 1984 and scientists there had appealed to Bonhams not to allow the auction.

A Chinese dinosaur expert quoted on state news agency Xinhua said the nest should be returned for research.

The top estimate by auction house Bonhams & Butterfields for the nest was $220,000 but it almost doubled that.

The name of the buyer would not be released, the auction house said.

Hmm. Let's see. Los Angeles. Unnamed buyer. Who has an awful lot of disposable income. Who seems to have a special fondness for raptors, and, who knows, can maybe justify spending so much on raptor eggs because raptors made him thirty times as much.

Gotta be Spielberg or Michael Crichton, right?


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