Millions of years after the dinosaurs disappeared from the face of the Earth, the skeleton of a Camptosaurus will go up for auction in Paris on October 20, for the first time since its discovery in the 1990s.
The dinosaur, named Barry, was discovered in northeastern Wyoming (Crook County) on private property. "Barry" lived at the end of the Jurassic period, approximately 150 million years ago.
The dinosaur skeleton is 2.10 meters long and 5 meters tall. It consists of over 80% original bone, an extremely high percentage.
The animal's skull in particular, complete with teeth, is extremely well preserved, with over 90% of the original bones. It is one of the most complete ever documented.
The fossil was first restored in 2000 by paleontologist Barry James, after whom it was named.
Barry has been part, for more than 20 years, of the collection of an American neuroscientist and astrophysicist, who exhibited it at her residence in Colorado until 2022, when the Italian company Zoic bought it to undertake further research .
The dinosaur skeleton is now set to be unveiled to the public in mid-October, before it goes under the hammer. The value is expected to reach up to 1.2 million euros.